What Happens to a Nation When the Government Lies?

Dear Roger,

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?

Sincerely, Ray


Dear Ray,


I am grieved by current events, but I am not 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 politicians are truthful about 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 faith in governmental integrity is gone today. The average person doesn't trust the government or the media.  

A good example in the past would be appropriate to make this teaching less inflammatory. President Richard Nixon denied his lies until the Watergate tapes surfaced. Lyndon Johnson told America that the North Vietnamese had attacked us in the Gulf of Tonkin. That was an untruth--a lie--and we entered full bore into the Vietnam war. As a result, tens of thousands of Americans and millions of Vietnamese lost their lives in a no-win war. Bill Clinton told America that he "did not have sexual relations with that woman." 

"Read my lips: no new taxes," said the first President Bush. 

"Iraq has WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction) said Dick Cheney." Then, he couldn't find any. The US consulate in Benghazi was attacked on September 11, 2012. 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 You Tube 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. Elected leadership feigned any knowledge of the actual truth. It is now known that they were deceiving the American people for political and face saving reasons. 


We won't even begin to touch the deception among all parties of government these days. Sad. But many are grieved and calling on God. We have to stand in concert, in prayer. 

"It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness" (Proverb 16:12).


"If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked" (Proverb 29:12).


"Mercy and truth preserve the king" (Proverbs 20:28).


Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. May he judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.


The king that faithfully judges the poor, his throne shall be established forever" (Proverb 29:14).


Reading the signs I am afraid for America. I can't think of any valid reason for Homeland security to buy 1.2 Billion bullets, hundreds of tanks and personal carriers and artillery. The official explanation was, "in case of civil unrest". We all know what can happen when the government has all the guns and bullets and the people have neither.


"We the people" have lost our voice and people get angry when rulers will not listen to their concerns, when governmental leaders often act with impunity. Instead of praying, we turn on each other in hatred and mistrust. 


I used to think that America would be attacked and defeated from without. This is how God would judge America. I now know better. God's judgment is even now at work, coming from the inside. God's judgment is that our nation will rot out from within (Romans 1:18-32).


It is time we return to our roots. It is the Lord God Jehovah alone who can bring truth, mercy, justice and peace to our country.


Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you (Psalm 33:12-22).


Hurricane Harvey ripped through South Texas and Mexico. It is just one of many hurricanes that have devastated parts of our world during my life time.

A television reporter was describing a scene of people lined up waiting to buy gasoline generators at a hardware store in case their power went out. It was obvious that more people were in line than there were generators available.

Suddenly a man from the back of the line walked to the front and pushed a man out of line and took his place. A fight broke out.

I thought to myself, "This is America. We hold together in times of emergency. We don't fight each other. The fight escalated into a riot. Police were called in to restore order. I reminded myself that in times of need, many people will do whatever it takes to survive--even Americans.


My prayer is that one day, our beloved country will repent and return to Christ. Then we will have one Ruler, a righteous King. And that King is coming soon. 


Remember, D.E Sheridan wrote: "The difference between golf and government is that in golf you can't improve your lie."

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