A Proverb for Today — Proverbs 24:11-12, Proverbs 24:24-25

Proverbs 24:11-12

11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

Proverbs 24:24-25

24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.”

I rarely address American politics here, but I have a lot of American readers, and this applies to British politics also, even though it isn’t election season here.  Two thoughts:

1. If your vote could help save even one child being “drawn unto death,” but you use it differently because of tax policy, government spending, health policy, foreign policy, etc., “He that keepeth thy soul” will know.

2. If a candidate says a wicked abomination is acceptable and something government should affirm, Proverbs 24:24-25 says we should reject that candidate, if we want God’s blessing on ourselves and our nation.

“Gay marriage” is not about “rights.”  The UK and America are not stopping homosexuals from their sin.  It is about government benefits and approval, about using government’s power to force others to approve (or at least behave as if they approve).

Biblical principles speak to all political questions, but few are addressed so directly as abortion and government approval of sin, as we see in Proverbs 24.  God will not bless a nation that approves killing children or gives approval to homosexual sin.  If you don’t reject a candidate who openly approves such things, do not expect God’s blessing.

Our trust is not in politicians or princes.  But what we say matters, as Proverbs 24:24-25 says.  One way we speak is our vote, and Christians should speak (verbally and vote-ally) against candidates who openly endorse wickedness, even if we can’t trust their opponents to govern righteously.  God will bless us for opposing wickedness even if we are betrayed by a candidate who breaks his promises, but He will not bless us if we remain silent.  Sometimes, even if we don’t want to vote “Yes” for one candidate, we have to vote “No” against his opponent.

About Jon Gleason

Former Pastor of Free Baptist Church of Glenrothes
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