Biblical justice has definite consequences for church and society, even more so for those in government roles today. The New Testament Book of James (Yaacov) 3: 13-18 reveals the godly character that is the foundation of authentic, biblical leadership in and beyond church settings. One notices that true biblical integrity is not a function of power, prestige, wealth, beauty, polemics, or popularity—items indulged by osmosis in worldly social systems. Beyond the overt, visible world and the covert arena of undetected social relations is spiritual intelligence or wisdom. James reveals that authentic faith is exposed in tangible actions to widows, orphans, and the disadvantaged—not the mere listening to sermons by religious leaders. Faith without works, wisdom, prayer, perseverance, and godly character is vain and superficial. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, Esther, Mary, Elizabeth, and many others epitomized these traits, along with Moses, David, Ruth, Mordecai, and Deborah.
Thus, biblical character is not the basis for white supremacy or the idolatry of nativistic, jingoistic conservatism. James realized that where you find envy and selfish ambitions in policy and practice, where you find confusion and evil actions, where you find prejudice and discrimination, where you find lies, injustice, and inhumanity, such vices are not from the Lord of Hosts, but from quantum-level evil within humans. Integrity, not perfection, always matters [Psalms 15, Psalms 51, Psalms 101, Psalms 111]. What are the tangible consequences of being deflected away from integrity or distracted from instantiating perennial truths?
Confusion is a divine judgement on any social group, since a divided house cannot ultimately survive especially in crises, unpredictable events, and unprecedented challenges. No one can serve two masters. The Lord of all stated convincingly that one is not allowed to worship or inculcate any other deities besides Him. Consequently, we cannot ever worship ourselves, loved ones, teachers, pastors, celebrities, and politicians. Moreover, Matthew 6:33 echoes this divine exclusivity. Romans 12 instructs all believers to invest in spiritual transformation rather than worldly customs, beliefs, and practices. The Book of Jude chronicles so well how the foolish confusion of apostasy proliferates and pollutes divine truths and human character!
Foolishness is yet another judgement upon societies, for the prosperity (and stupidity) of fools will inevitably destroy them [Proverbs 1:32 KJV]. King Solomon codified this biblical law for all generations. He also taught us Proverbs 14:7, Proverbs 24:7, Proverbs 26: 4-5. Proverbs 14:7 advises us to avoid the contamination of fools. Proverbs 24: 7 urges us to detect foolishness when making important collective decisions, because fools engage in talking loudly and saying nothing of substance. As such, they lack credibility. They prefer the noises of ineptitude to the rigors of tested, falsifiable evidence. They imbibe nonsensical fabrications, fictitious myths, trendy anecdotes, biased notions, and unscrupulous tautologies as one breathes air. Proverbs 26: 4-5 warns us not to answer a fool according to his foolishness so that he or she does not return a prideful, bombastic retort. Mass media needs to heed this advice immediately! Ultimately, fools are dangerous, particularly in leadership positions. Their character, attitudes, communications, and actions tend to poison present and future generations.
Daniel, along with biblical historians as well as the Prophets, saw evidence of this law of opposing foolishness in the history of ancient and worldly empires. Secular history vindicates biblical evidence by unmasking the lethal fate associated with foolish corruption. World wars, with millions of deaths, have involved foolishness and its culpable siblings of greed, treachery, ignorance, and vanities. As Proverbs 14:34 reminds everyone on the planet that righteousness enhances a nation, but the corruption of foolishness destroys it. Biblical justice matters!
Citizens in the United States ignore these biblical insights at their own peril in the 2020 national election.