Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent. —Deuteronomy 16:19

Woe to those who are in positions of authority that pervert justice. Woe to those who show partiality. Woe to those who accept bribes to blind their eyes. Woe to those who twist the words of the innocent. How sad it is to see these things happening regularly in our culture today and not much is being done about it. But God knows and nobody is getting away with anything. He will do what is right…

If God does not have the hearts of those who lead us, who does? God’s Word is very clear that those who do not know Him need to “come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will” (II Timothy 2:26). How else could they allow children to be slaughtered in the womb?

Those who are godly would not allow children to be slaughtered in the womb. Those who are godly would use tax-payers money appropriately. Those who are godly would look out for the welfare of the people they lead. Those who are godly would declare His Name among the people. Those who are godly would look after the best interests of the poor. Those who are godly would remove evil laws. Those who are godly would write good laws. Unfortunately it appears that many who lead us only have a veneer of professed faith if any at all. We are in a sad state. But isn’t this true of the world in general? As we look at history and look at prophecy, this should not surprise us.

Brothers and sisters, we are “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). Let us shine as lights in this world of darkness (Matthew 5:14) and speak “the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things” and live accordingly.

Dear Father, may I shine for Your glory in this dark world. Be pleased to work though me to impact others for You. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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