“For behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah, the stock and the store, the whole supply of bread and the whole supply of water; The mighty man and the man of war, the judge and the prophet, and the diviner and the elder; the captain of fifty and the honorable man, the counselor and the skillful artisan, and the expert enchanter.” (Is 3:1-3)
One way that God judges a nation or a people, is to remove all good, godly leadership.
Notice that in this passage, good leadership is withdrawn from almost every sector of society: religion, the political system, business and the economy, the military, the judicial system, and the educational institutions!
“I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. The people will be oppressed… For Jerusalem stumbled, And Judah is fallen, because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of His glory. The look on their countenance witnesses against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom; They do not hide it. >Woe to their soul!For they have brought evil upon themselves.” (Isa 3:4-9)
The real reason for all their problems is clearly stated in the eighth verse: their stubborn, unrestrained, and arrogant violation of God’s principles.
We are certainly living in the last of the Last Days. Scripture tells us it will be like the days of Noah, or the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the last few years we have seen the legalization of homosexuality, easy divorce, gay marriage, abortion on demand, legal prostitution and drugs, the list goes on and on. The Ten Commandments, the Bible, and prayer have all been removed from the courts of law and from the public-school systems. Violence and corruption have increased, and we have judicial systems without any real absolutes.
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Prov 14:34) The job of a leader is not to take the people where they necessarily want to go, but where they need to go. Parents don’t take their children where they want to go all the time. They take them or send them where they ought to go.
The trouble with democracy is that the multitudes are usually wrong according to this scripture. (Matt 7:13) If there are no moral absolutes and people are left to set their own laws, it’s not too long before they have set them so low that no one can break them! Democracy will only work effectively where Christian values are widely embraced. Otherwise people will vote for all the wrong leaders, for all the wrong reasons, and babes and children are voted into power.
God blesses a nation by raising up and advancing godly leadership
(1 Sam 12: 6-12) “Then Samuel said to the people, “It is the Lord who raised up Moses and Aaron. When Jacob had gone into Egypt and your fathers cried out to the Lord, then the Lord sent Moses and Aaron who brought your fathers out of Egypt and made them dwell in this place. And when they forgot the Lord their God, He sold them into the hand of Sisera, commander of the army of Hazor.
Thank God for the USA and Canada; two great nations that were both founded by leaders who revered the God of the Bible. The founding fathers of Canada read Psalm 72:8: “He (Jesus) shall have dominion from sea to sea.” They called it the ‘Dominion of Canada’. Three of the top universities in the USA: Yale, Harvard and Princeton were all established to train ministers of the gospel. The founding fathers knew that if the nation were to prosper the Gospel of Christ must be preached, believed and lived.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chron 7:14)
In this passage of scripture, God places the healing of a nation squarely on the shoulders of His people. If we do our part in how we pray and how we vote, then God will do His part by healing the land.
Yours for a new generation of godly leaders in our nation!
Dr George Hill
Apostolic Founder and President of Victory Churches International