Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Our Nation Must First Be Righteous

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

Since the Second World War the United States has been trying to replace dictatorships with democracy. The reason? One is bad and the other is good!

If you have a nation made up of Shiites and Sunnis or Hamas and Fatah democracy will elect one of the two. In Latin American where there is capitalism and communism, democracy will elect one of the two. In none of these cases do we get a righteous nation. Instead of exporting democracy we should export righteousness. In order to export it, we must have it to export.

We, as a nation, do not think we should export righteousness, so we export democracy hoping that will turn into a righteousness.

In order to have a righteous nation, the king (or government) and the people must be righteous.

The righteousness that Proverbs is speaking of is the righteousness that comes from God. That righteousness comes by faith in Jesus Christ.

“Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness.” Romans 10:3

“For, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:13-15

It looks like it is up to the Christians with beautiful feet to tell kings and people of the righteousness that comes from God.

In the 19th and 20th centuries the British Isles sent out many great and productive missionaries to all parts of the world.

For some reason the United Kingdom now needs missionaries from Africa and India to help Britain receive the righteousness that comes from God.

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