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July 7, 2020 8:00 am
Is this supposed to be a separation between God and government listen to Adrian Rogers enough people have the idea that God all the stale proof of the matter is that government must always look Almighty God and this nation are in animation, leadership is the Bible today and where you want to see what the Bible has to say about leadership.
Welcome to love the word line featuring the profound truth.
Simply stated by Adrian Roger as we just heard God has ordained our government and commanded us to get involved in the decisions made for our country. Jesus taught us to participate in government when he said we are to render to Caesar the things that are Caesar were to render to God the things that are God's. What sort of qualities are we to look for international leaders.
What choice does God respect.
Can God overruled the bad decisions we make. If you have your Bible turn now to Proverbs chapter 29 is Adrian Rogers shares for basic principles to consider when responding to the leadership crisis in America refining God's word. If you would please. Proverbs chapter 29 and verse two message today is a critical message because it deals with the crisis and the title of the message.
The leadership crisis in America. Very frankly in this message I want to have a form you make up your mind about that but I would tell you how God how to mention names. I'm not going mention parties, but I would give you some principal straight out of the word of God and I want you to use these principles as you go to the polls to vote is very important that you get these principles down in your heart and in your mind. Now the message today centers around four basic falls concerning leadership and the first thought is this character that God requires of leaders will most frightening things I've heard is that people in America saying what difference does a man's character make, so long as he can leave friend.
There is a fatal flaw in that because when you say that character does not count. It makes no difference what you're really saying is that God does not count because all character is based and rooted in God what you're saying is God. We can get along quite well without your blessing. We're going to do it ourselves.
Now, to say the character does not count only skill. What would you think the surgeon who performed surgery on you, but failed to scrub up before he performed surgery he might be a skilled surgeon but he will contaminate whatever he touches, and so a man who is an ungodly man, a man without character will contaminate all that he touches.
Let me give you some characteristics that a godly leader. All had not I want to adopt the Scriptures down. These characteristics deal with kings and princes, judges, nobles, authorities that God has appointed are that men have elected and I want you to see the characteristics that God says the king prints a noble leader, but judge ought to have.
Keep this in mind as we go to like the nationally characteristic number one to godly and righteous man, and then Proverbs 16 verse 12. It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness for the throne is established by righteousness and ungodly unrighteous and moral man is unfit for leadership second characteristic. Not only must you be godly. He must be wise and true wisdom comes from God.
The Scriptures down. Proverbs 8 verses 12 through 16 God speaks of wisdom. Let's wisdom speak for itself. When wisdom says I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil pride and arrogance he and the evil way in the forward mouth, do I then wisdom continues to speak in says counsel is mine, and the sound was, I am understanding, I have strength and now notice this next statement by me.
That is by wisdom kings rain and princes decree justice by me princes rule and nobles even all judges of their which is more important for leader to be smart for leader to be wives. How much better to have a man at the helm of this country who is a wise man when a smart man is the third characteristic. The person that I vote for must be an honest man and honest man. Proverbs 17 verse seven. Excellent speech becomes not a fool, much less do lying lips, a prince. Proverbs 20 verse 28 Mercy and truth preserve the king, liars and leaders are not the same. If a man will not tell the truth. He has a basic character flaw and he is absolutely unfit for leadership. I know some politicians. You can always tell when they're lying. That is when the lips are moving. But I want you to understand that when a man tells lies. It tells something about the man that's in his heart a man is not a liar because he tells lies, he tells lies because he's alive, and any man that is a liar has a heart that is life. The devil Jesus said that next I will look for man that is discriminating in his choice of helpers.
If a man does not surround himself with good and godly people. That man is unfit to lead. Listen to these verses. Proverbs 25 verses four and five. Take away the draws from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel that means before you can make a vessel out of silver you got to take the boss out of the impurity the scum out of the silver and then in verse five God says take away the wicked from before the king and his throne shall be established in righteousness. Now a leader is known by others that he chooses that he surrounds himself with and 15 surrounds himself with wicked people, his throne will not be established in righteousness he cannot be a person who listens to lies.
The Bible says in Proverbs 29 verse 12 if a ruler Harken belies all his servants are wicked, and if this man is not discriminating enough to choose the right people to help him leaders who will eat along with him is unfit for national leadership. Another characteristic that we would expect the national leadership is sexual morality sexual morality Proverbs chapter 31 a listen. The words of king Lemuel, I notice this is a king, the prophecy that his mother taught by God. He was a king that had a godly mother what my son and what some of my womb and what the sound of my bowels do not by strength to women, nor thy ways to that which is key to access the word of God. I am telling you friend that a man who is sexually immoral and does not keep his marriage vows is on for leadership, very clear. The Bible says that destroys kings the word of God not by strength of the women, nor thy ways to that which destroy the king if a man cannot keep personal sacred vow. That is to his wife. How will he keep his promises.
If a man cannot control his sexual urges shall he react in a time of national crisis.
If a man cannot set a moral tone for himself. How is he going to set a moral tone for boys and girls. This nation I'm looking for someone therefore who is not sexually immoral. Another characteristic that I look for in a national leader is a person who so Proverbs 31 verses four and five is not for kings only meal. It is not for kings to drink wine nor for princes strong drink, lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted man was given why all that matter any intoxicant weather be some kind of know is unfit for national leadership.
Shakespeare say what those men are put that in the mouse that steals their brains away. Another characteristic that I'm going to look for is a man who is willing and able to protect the weak. If he does not protect the week if he does not have a protective spirit dismiss the reason for being a leader. Why does God give us leaders.
Why does God give us civil magistrates to protect us from evil people. Leaders are primarily defenders of those who cannot defend themselves. But I will give you verse and I want to look at it very carefully this time you turn to it.
I've been asking to jot these down.
This is very important verse Proverbs 31, we've already been there.
Verses eight and nine.
I remember that God is speaking to the king, king Lemuel, this is what God says open my mouth for the dumb word dumb here does not mean the person who figured it means a person cannot speak.
The person who does not have the ability to articulate for himself open my mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. When someone is about to be killed and cannot speak for themselves. The king is to speak. Verse nine says open my mouth judges righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and the needy. Now I'm looking for person to leave, who has a heart of compassion and especially heart of compassion for the poor but needy and innocent were about to be destroyed who cannot speak for them selves.
The Bible calls those that the inarticulate God says the key is to speak up for these kind of people not invoice their destruction. I'm sick and tired of these politicians are talking about which politician should be elected, according to his view on abortion and some ice as well. I think this is such a person could get more votes if you lined up with the pro-abortion crowd that's working back into verse 12 and ended build the town with blood and establishes a city by inequity.
I want somebody was going to stand up for the innocent standup for the defenseless and effeminate. Now that's just the checklist.
That's the character that God require.
Don't ever be so ignorant as to say that the character does not make a difference what you're saying is that God doesn't make a difference. Are you expecting God to bless inequity cannot he will not bless his nation whose God's law.
Now the second thing I want you to see not only the character that God requires with the choice that God respects. Did you know that God allows us to choose wicked leaders.
He gives us that choice. God sets the standards, but God allows people to choose wicked leaders.
Contrary to God's own will put this verse down Hosea chapter 8 in verse four. They have set up kings but not by me is what God says they set up kings. But it wasn't my well that's the reason we say we get the kind of leadership we deserve wicked rulers of God's reward for wicked people. Samuel said Israel for Samuel chapter 8 verse 18 and you shall cry out in the day because of your king which you have chosen you and the Lord will not hear you in that day, God says you choose a king choose the wrong thing to say God. God says I will not hear you. Because of the king that you have chosen first point, the character, the God requires second point, the choice that God respects God allows people to choose even wickedly third point the consequences that God reveals what are the consequences when we choose wicked leaders.
Proverbs 29 verse two.
I've already read it to you when the righteous are in authority. The people rejoice, but when the wicked bears ruled the people more by our choice by we don't have righteous and wicked leaders and we are going to rejoice. Are we going to week.
May I tell you with a broken heart that America is in desperate trouble. God is taken down. The protective hedge from this nation. I have to ask myself lotions of tears rivers of blood and season sweat me the price that we will pay for turning our back on Almighty God.
All that there might be a spiritual revival in America, there might be an awakening and turning to God. But here's the fourth and final thing less we run out of time, not only the consequences that God reveals what the control that God reserves. Lest you think that God is lost control because we have people who are out of control. I will disabuse you of that God is still in control and where man rules. God still overrules Isaiah 40 verses 23, 24 speaks of God to bring up the princes to nothing.
He maketh the judges of the earth is vanity day they shall not be planted in VA they shall not be so gay. Their stock shall not take root in the earth, and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall with her and the whirlwind shall take him away as the politicians, and politicians go, but God endure God is the King of King Psalm 47 verse seven for God is the King of all their that includes the heathen that includes all the nations, not just Israel. He is King forever.
Psalm 29 verse 10 says the Lord said to king forever weed and vote him in and will certainly not impeach them and vote them out.
He is King forever and where he does not rule.
If Americans turn their backs on God. If Americans slogans like it's the economy stupid which is stupid in itself. To say such a thing. If we do this if we bow our pocketbooks rather than our consciences, and we do not let God's will be done, even where God does not rule God will overrule Psalm 33 verses 10 through 12. The Lord bring the Council of the heathen to know and make it the devices of the people of none effect, but counsel of the Lord stands forever the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord and the people whom he had chosen for his own inherent one day I had lunch with Corrie 10 boom that gracious great lady who suffered so much under Nazi persecution.
I decided I would not talk much but just listen. One thing she said was like a bargain. My soul she said there is no panic in heaven. Only plans. I love the bring the holy Trinity never meets an emergency session and where man may rule God still rules this first and Isaiah 14 verses 26 and 27 this is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth, and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all nations for the Lord of host Purposed and shall listen all his hand is stretched out and shall turn it back even ungodly rulers become instruments in the hand of Almighty God. The Bible says in Proverbs 21 verse one the king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, and as the rivers of water. He turned it whithersoever he will. And even when wicked men with wicked machinations stand on their own big feet and stick out the chest and shake their fist in the face of Almighty God and make wicked decrees, God still rules from heaven he still reigns. He is King of Kings and Lord of lords. And just as he used Pharaoh in the Old Testament just as he used the Persian king Cyrus just as he used Pilate when Jesus was condemned and Jesus said a pilot you will have any power but that which is given you above wherever man rules. God still overrules the character the God require the choice that God respects the consequences that God reveals what the control that God retains this is my father's world and God has sworn by himself that he will put his King upon the holy hill of Zion and Fran. Our hope is not in Washington. It is in heaven. We need to understand that we need to understand that kingdoms common kingdoms go, but I Lord rules. Overall, what should we do, we should pray for revival that should we do, we should plan for survival. What should we do, we should look for his arrival.
That's what we should pray for revival, pray, God bless us the answer is not in the schoolhouse is not in the statehouse is not in the White House. It is in the church house is still God's people.
We need to pray for revival. We need to prepare for survival.
You need to teach your boys and girls. I may not be like it was when you grew up you need to build into them the truth of God's word. Get them down, get serious. Get an open Bible and teach them.
But above all for his arrival. When Jesus is coming you say pastors that escapism you can call it what you want, but I'm looking for Jesus to come looking for Jesus to come when I was in seminary. We had a grand old seminary president's name was our cue level IQ level, said Dr. levels that I was overseas.
One time, and I learned that the king of that country was going to come down the streets of that city and he said that everybody was saying the King is coming. I have never seen a real king, not in the flesh I decided I want to see king so I got out there early before the crowds came I establish my place on the curb so I would be merely automobile. When the king came with his entourage. He said I stood there for hours.
The crowd got bigger and bigger and I waited in anticipation was growing in my heart. He said after a while I heard to mold I heard people shouting there was no crowds of a work they were shouting and I could tell the King is coming King is coming and they were shouting. Long live the king, he said. My heart began to be with anticipation. I was going to see the king. And he said when the car got closer there I saw him. He said he was a man dressed in a suit necktie to use on those two eyes to just lightly just flesh and blood.
I looked at him for a moment he went by and he said I felt so empty. He said I want to seek. It was so anti-climactic. I tried to figure it out.
Then he said I saw it in an instant.
He wasn't my king. He didn't even know my name for Monday are King is coming are King is coming. I want to I love Jesus Christ. I'm not ashamed to call him king and I want you to know that the time is coming, no matter what happens in November, the day will come when the kingdoms of this world will become king's of our Lord and his Christ in this upcoming season of tension and great division in our country is no better time to make certain of your faith in Jesus Christ, King of Kings you have questions about who he is or what he means to you or how to begin a relationship with him. If so, go to our discovery, Jesus firstname.lastname@example.org/radio find resources and materials there that can answer questions you might have about beginning that relationship with Christ, go to where discovered Jesus email@example.com/radio that you like to order a copy of today's message on CD. Call 1877 love God and mention the tidal leadership crisis in America.
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