One look at the representatives who get returned to government repeatedly shows a sad tale of misrepresentation. Old men who have been in power since the 1980s and even the seventies are failures, even in the very task for which they were elected, defence.
No shame over the racist past yet
The pursuit of happiness never looked more dangerous. How can it be the centre of life when it remains undefended? The unending racist ambitions and the crime spree have reached the halls of power. Defending one’s seat and one’s party have taken precedence over defending the laws of the land and the next generation. It is more important to be united than be true. The number of people who know that they perjured themselves over and over when they took the oath of office must be in the majority. The murders of young people in schools and the repeated mass murders show that ambition has corrupted government with wars and denial of justice.
Run all of you back and forth through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if all of you can find a man, if there be any that executes judgment, that seeks the truth; and I will pardon it.
Do we credit ourselves with recognizing the just man or the truth teller in 2019? The hundreds of convictions overturned in Canada and the United States may shock us if we have been part of the culture of privilege. Criminals are in charge of armies, the administration of justice, the jailing and murder of Black and First Nations people. Look at Bill Barr and Mitch McConnell and you will see shameless corruption. Listen carefully to your pastor, rabbi, or imam, and you will see bias, incredible corruption and dangerously empty cisterns.
The travesty of sworn statements and oaths of office in 2019 pales in the presence of Christ’s trial by the Jewish high court. The certainty of mistakes in the administration of justice is no reason for us to stop expecting police to stop closing their eyes to sworn statements, to stop covering up racial profiling, to end trashing the poor, and to give up trying to merge morality into civic policy. Do we not know that faith and love are not the treasures of government anywhere on the planet? Are they not lacking in the sacred places.
Proverbs have been a refuge for many believers because of their relation to daily life or because of observations that are common and viewed as helpful. It is often forgotten that Solomon’s wisdom was targeted at ruling the Iraelite nation and it was what he asked for. Much of dismay at what seems like incorrigible malicious behaviour may be attributed to misapplication of commands and observations. People doing business with or for the state are not the same as individuals walking with God.
What’s in a proverb
There are 139 commands in the Book of Proverbs and we are not surprised to find that the terms of the Covenant are not highly featured. After all Solomon seems to have been oblivious to the first stipulation of the Covenant. Proverbs are for rulers and no one gets life by being in charge of anything. If Genesis has anything to say about the subject, it is that dominion by smarts kills.
The sayings in the Proverbs are observations of human life, warnings about careless living, and declarations about the ruler’s relationship with God. The proverbs reflect the life of someone in charge. A person in possession of proverbs is expected to rule successfully. If anything seeps in from the covenant it is family life; parents and children in harmony and the dangers of prostitution.
Rule by proverb or power?
Solomon’s exorbitant wealth is no token of divine approval and his rule over Israel mirrors with precision the rule of Adam over the world: disastrous. It is raw power that Adam and Eve shared as dominars of sky land and sea.
Listen to your mom and dad
The message of Messiah’s mighty messenger addresses the quality of the relationship between parents and children. Every generation has an obligation to work on dancing to what is appropriate for parents and children. This can only happen when the parties are willing and courageous to repent of their futile ways. Parents can take little pleasure in seeing only that their children simply follow their lead. Children can take little pleasure only in rebelling against their parents’ simply lead. To fail this test is to court a curse.
Malachi 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.