Good and evil. From the earliest days of human society, people have decried the branding of what is evil as good, and good as evil, by their leaders. Times haven’t changed much.
The Government’s Duty
Governments are established to suppress evil. If there were no theft, murder, rape, or all the other expressions of wickedness in humankind, government would not be necessary. But these things do exist, and are commonplace. A quick look at crime statistics will reveal just how often these things occur, in every vicinity where people live.
Government is the human system to stop these crimes. Thus, government is necessary, for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.
But what about when a government does the reverse? What about when the government punishes those who do right, and praises those who do evil?
A survey of nations in which deranged governments confuse the difference between good and evil will show the results: poverty, oppression, abuse, chaos, and overall unrest. If a governmental system does not operate to punish evil and praise right behavior, the nation is doomed to destruction, given enough time. It simply does not work.
America, the land of the free and brave, has been heralded around the world as being a place of balanced governmental authority, for two centuries. It is a place where a citizen can expect to be protected from evil, and to be honored for doing what is good. Not perfectly, of course, but the system is predominately fair and proper in function. Why is this? America was founded upon the unalienable rights of humans and personal freedom. The government was established to enhance and protect those rights and freedoms, and it has done so for 200+ years by punishing evil, and praising those who do right.
We are witnessing today a reversal in action at the local government level in America. We see people defending their persons and property (constitutionally protected rights) and being punished for it. And we observe local governments praising those destroying property and assaulting people. Anarchists have grouped together with the sole intention of wide-spread mayhem and destruction, breaking laws and defying authority.
Proverbs 24:24 & 25 speak to this condition:
“He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him; but to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.”
Written over 3000 years ago, these axioms prove the punishing of good and the praising of evil are not modern day issues only. They have existed for ages.
Example? Look at Iraq and the regime of Saddam Hussein. Recent history records that he tortured and killed mass numbers of innocent people, and supported groups who did the same. He ruled with an iron fist and administered cruel retaliation to anyone who resisted him.
He was captured and finally executed. His end was a joyous celebration for millions. As the verse says: “…”Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him…” The wicked ruler Saddam was hated by all for praising the wicked, and punishing the righteous.
The Peoples’ Duty
So today, at the crux of arguably the most important election in the history of the world, we the American people are faced with a decision: do we support those who punish evil and praise righteousness, or do we support those who “promise” to do the same but in reality punish the righteous and praise the evildoer?
It doesn’t require a lot of observation to figure out who of the candidates representing the major political parties supports those who break the laws, and who punishes those who break the laws. While witnessing the burning of buildings, destruction of property, and the harming of innocent people, the leading Democrats have repeatedly told us that these are peaceful protests, and that the perpetrators are merely “exercising their American rights”. Those governing the areas of the unrest have held back the police from suppressing the increasing violence. They have put together funds to bail these people out of jail so they can continue the violence the minute they are released. And to cap it off, a patriot in Wisconsin who defended himself while being attacked by weapon-carrying members of Antifa, the anarchist group, has been arrested and is waiting for charges.
Why? For acting to help save others and himself from deadly harm.
No matter the economic status or the people’s ethnicity, if those who break laws are applauded by leaders, the structure of the nation will break. The society will deteriorate. It will descend into oppression and slavery.
Once again, God’s Word always proves true. Always. Our country is yet another example of the truth of God’s Word being played out in life. Those who condemn the righteous will ultimately be hated. And those who punish the evil will ultimately be revered. We will see this life truth evidenced in the candidates elected.
While we understand life in any society will never be completely balanced and right, we Americans have a precious opportunity to elect someone who supports the righteous, and stands by those who punish evil. Let us take this seriously. No other nation so highly regards representation by the people, for the people. To advance individual freedom and the uplifting of righteous behavior, to support equality and the freedom to worship, and to emphasize the disparity between good and evil, we must do all we can to ensure our leaders do the same.
This is our duty regarding good and evil.