Being human, we are all prone to be misguided. Salomon knew it when he wrote: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end leads to death” (Proverbs 4:12). This is election time and we hear the charge “They are stealing our democracy.” We should ask immediately, “Who is making the charge and what do they mean by ‘our democracy?'” Where do these political bosses get the idea that it is their democracy when we never had one? By the way, there is none in the world. We are not even a “Constitutional Republic” any longer. In fact, we are governed by a political handful of individuals that have complete sway over us. Again and again, these individuals get us to vote for their candidates that protect their interests and not the people’s. They are skillfully showing us that what they are doing is right for us, when it is not. They are not making the sacrifices, we are. Our youth is dying among strangers. We are all indebted to some financial institution. We are losing our homes. We are forced into expensive health programs. We are losing jobs to other countries. We borrow money to pay taxes. We cannot pray in public and when we complain, we are labeled as “bigots” and “racists.” Where is our freedom?
What can we learn from Salomon? He was born with a golden spoon in his mouth and the kingdom was handed to him on a silver platter. His father gave him the idea to use monotheism to make the people follow him. He began his reign in splendor with heaven smiling down on him. He was by far the most eloquent king of Israel. Everything he touched turned to gold. He saw nothing wrong with the way he managed the affairs of the state. Seven years, he spent building the Temple and then thirteen to build his palace and housing for those in his service. His horses had better dwellings than his subjects. His many wives had castles with idols of their foreign gods. On top of it, Salomon instilled in his son the same idea of growing larger and more powerful. When death freed him from his illustrious life, the country was bankrupt. When his son continued his father’s extravagancy, Ten Tribes broke with Judah and formed a separate nation. The way that seemed right ended in the death of a united nation. Salomon and his son were misguided by their own ideologies. From then on, the glory of God’s people faded (I Kings 1-12).
The United States of America resemble in a similar way the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Thirteen Colonies bonded together into a union. Both had the same God and principles to guide them. The Colonies also had one God and Jesus as their king. To avoid being misguided like Salomon and his son Rehoboam, the founders placed their trust in a document to guide this nation and into three governing bodies to keep each other in check. Things were tough, but the nation grew and prospered. Then, smart men like Salomon, Rehoboam and his counselors saw a way that seemed right, but the end is no longer what the founders hoped this union of states would be. Power-hungry individuals have created a monstrous huge government that begins to control all aspects of life in this nation. Very much like Israel of old, the U.S.A. is also becoming like all the rest of the nations in the world. The only thing that is still left is the illusion that this is still the greatest nation on earth.
The cause of this nation’s gradual demise is similar to Egypt during the time of Joseph, son of Israel (Jacob). The lean cows were eating up the fat cows and the lean ears of wheat the fat ears. No one in Egypt knew how to halt the demise and bring Egypt back to life, but Joseph who was a slave in prison at the time. Pharaoh had the gull to trust Joseph to save his nation from starvation. Unlike our misguided politicians, He did not distribute or equalize wealth but horded and stored it for a time when it was needed to save the people from starving. And why did Pharaoh trust Joseph? He saw the Spirit of God in him (Genesis 41). This should be of interest to us; for, our politicians are again appealing to Christians to get them reelected. What do you think, we who are gullible should do?