|Illustration from the Morgan Bible of Abner (in green) taking Michal away from Paltiel.|
26 Then Abner called to Joab, “Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know that the end will be bitter? How long will it be before you tell your people to turn from the pursuit of their brothers?”—2 Samuel 2:26, ESV
When a nation’s leaders do not fear God, it brings self-destruction to the nation. This was merely the beginning of a long and mostly disastrous history of kings in Israel.
The sad thing is this type of thing continues to repeat itself throughout history. Men just don’t learn. Their selfish ambitions create an internal conflict with their religious beliefs. Then they either change their desires or change their view of God.
Yet, the responsibility to provide the solution does not lie with the powers at be. They are often blinded by the god of this age. Providing the solution is the responsibility of the citizens of the nation to influence their neighbors and friends in a way that wins them to faith in Christ. This transforms the nation from the inside out. This does not mean that as Christians, we should neglect our right to choose leaders. We must choose our leaders wisely to ensure our freedom to win others to Christ.