What Happens to a Nation When Their Government Lies?
- Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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The chaos in our government is breaking my heart. I wonder if any politician is righteous and honest. It seems like no one tells the truth any more. Hardly anyone will stand up and say, "I was wrong. I did it."
Our present culture reminds me of Aaron's behavior when Moses rebuked him for making the golden calf: "Don't blame me," Aaron said, "All I did is throw some gold in the fire and out jumped this calf." What happens to a nation when their governmental leaders lie and can't be trusted?
Pardon me, but I am losing my faith. Not in my relationship with Jesus. I am losing faith in my government. Perhaps, I should tell the truth. I am not losing it. I have lost it. I don't believe anything they say anymore. Obviously, I am not alone. Congress' approval rating is less than 10%. One survey shows that 60% of Americans no longer believe that Obama tells the truth on most issues.
When a government is just, honest And truthful its citizens are safe, secure and prosper.
When a government Is unjust, dishonest and tells lies, its citizens are insecure, afraid, neglected and suffering. A government that is "wicked" may ultimately lead to rebellion and anarchy.
Predictably, God has a lot to say about Kings and Rulers, their behavior, their integrity and their resulting impact on the people they rule.
Do you rulers indeed speak justly?
Do you judge people with equity?
No, in your heart you devise injustice,
And your hands mete out violence on the earth (Psalm 58:1-2).
Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people (Proverb 28:15).
When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order (Proverb 28:2).
By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down (Proverb 29:4).
The US consulate in Benghazi was attacked on September 11, 2012. (Notice 9-11). Several US diplomats were killed as well as the US Ambassador to Libya. Immediately, the US Government told us that the riot was instigated by a YouTube video mocking Islam. Poor Susan Rice knew the truth but was hung out to dry on five Sunday news shows with "talking papers" which were not true. It took five days before the State Department finally confessed that they knew all along that it was a well-planned terrorist attack with rockets and automatic weapons. Both Obama and Hillary feigned any knowledge of the actual truth. It is now known that they were deceiving the American people for political and face saving reasons.
This is called "plausible deniability." The government or politician concocts a story that seems plausible but stretches every smidgen of reason to make you believe that their explanation is true.
Do you really believe that Chris Christie, the republican governor of New Jersey, had no idea that his subordinates closed roads leading to the George Washington Bridge and blocked traffic for four days causing massive traffic jams in apparent retribution for the refusal of a local mayor to endorse Christie's reelection?
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