Divided Nation: Politics in America
By Jeremy Bedenbaugh
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Sunday, July 16, 2017
Proverbs 14:28; 16:10-15; 21:1-3
Are you trading a gospel identity for a political identity? Jeremy Bedenbaugh shows us principles from Proverbs that can help us be politically engaged, but not outraged — rooted first and foremost in our identity as followers of Jesus.
28 In a multitude of people is the glory of a king,
but without people a prince is ruined.
10 An oracle is on the lips of a king;
his mouth does not sin in judgment.
11 A just balance and scales are the Lord's;
all the weights in the bag are his work.
12 It is an abomination to kings to do evil,
for the throne is established by righteousness.
13 Righteous lips are the delight of a king,
and he loves him who speaks what is right.
14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death,
and a wise man will appease it.
15 In the light of a king's face there is life,
and his favor is like the clouds that bring the spring rain.
21:1 The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;
he turns it wherever he will.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the heart.
3 To do righteousness and justice
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. (ESV)