Dishonesty in Government

If you see oppression of the poor and perversion of justice and righteousness in the province, don’t be astonished at the situation, because one official protects another official, and higher officials protect them. Ecclesiastes 5:8 HCSB

There seems to be an epidemic of dishonesty and scandal in government today on every level. There is a councilwoman who serves locally that is facing charges of misuse of government money and conflict of interest in several decisions over which she had influence with her government position. On the state level there are governors who have been caught taking bribes and influencing decisions that benefit friends and relatives. The national level seems more extreme with presidents caught in compromising situations and government agencies conducting illegal actions.

It seems by this verse that in Solomon’s time there were similar problems. Corruption was commonplace in government. Dishonest people were taking advantage of others and using their political positions to justify what was done. It seems that one official covered another and even their supervisors covered them and made sure that the government officials did not get caught. The end result was that injustice was often overlooked.

Challenge: We need to elect officials who use good judgement, make wise choices, and live a life of integrity in every area of their lives. Pray for our elected officials. Get involved in politics and make a positive impact.

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