Throughout scripture, God shows concern over how nations are ruled, what laws they uphold, and how both the citizens of nations and their rulers conduct themselves. This is why our interaction with our neighbors and government as Christians should not be taken lightly. God wants us to be concerned about their character and conduct after we measure our own character and conduct because he is a God who delights in blessing people. Even though we are living in the last days where perilous times are all around us and wickedness is increasing, we can still meditate, pray, and act on these timeless principles God has established to preserve his people and the nations we live in, so here are a few of them:

♦ The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain. 2 Samuel 23: 3-4

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. Psalm 9:17

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. Psalm 33:2

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalm 127:1

Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. Psalm 146:3

When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting. By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. Proverbs 11:10-11

Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince. Proverbs 17:7

In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:28, 34 [In this age of promoting population control, God’s word says growth in populations strengthens nations.]

When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat. Proverbs 23:1-3

As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people. The prince that wanteth [lacks] understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days. Proverbs 28:15-16

The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts [bribes] overthroweth it. Proverbs 29:4

At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them. Jeremiah 18: 7-10

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour. 1 Timothy 2:1-3

Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. 1 Peter 2:17

Harry A. Gaylord

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