When a country is rebellious, it has many governors,
but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order.
According to that verse most of the world is rebellious.
Recently I updated three of my posts on three countries I wrote about here, by calling them failed states. I decided to do this because they fit the definition of one. At least that is my informed opinion. To me a government has failed, if often:
1) it does not require that anyone accusing another citizen falsely be required to be punished physically, and to pay back any lost money or make up for any physical or emotional injury done to the person they accused;
2) it’s judges are allowed to deny a decent amount of justice to those who legally have a right to it or allowed to wrongfully punish people, whether they are guilty or not;
3) it’s law enforcers and investigators are allowed to commit crimes and not be punished for it or are paid to commit crimes or are rewarded for crimes;
4) it allows itself or its citizens or non-citizens within it’s jurisdiction to commit crimes without punishment or are rewarded for it;
5) it’s citizens are allowed to be persecuted for their religious beliefs, age, appearance, philosophy, non-criminal work, or some other non-criminal type of life style, for example putting up a cross on their lawn or flag if it is not an obvious eyesore or if it’s owner only intends to place such an object there for no longer than 40 days (which is a traditionally maximum fasting/mourning period);
6) it becomes so unbearable that it’s citizens go into hiding within the country, escape to another country, or rebellions composed of many people occur;
7) it ignores its citizens.
The Difference Between an Oppresor and a Government
Everyone who is not insane knows that a person is not in authority of you just because they say they are, nor are they in authority over you merely because of their appearance, such as being taller, nor are they if they use high words or speak eloquently, and not even if they merely have more physical strength or more intelligence power than you.
The Difference Between an Gang and a Government
The criminal version of a gang is a group of people who cooperate together to commit crimes. It doesn’t matter if they under a government or not. They are a group of bandits.
A government however is a group of people who cooperates together to protect people from crime. That’s all a government basically is. It should not own an excessive amount of land or have an excessive amount of wealth lest they forget God and do whatever they want, making up laws based on their mere corrupt hearts, whims, personal desires.
A government is no longer a government if it has become so corrupt, that not only does it not obey God’s basic laws of not lying, stealing, or murdering, which everyone instictively feels is wrong as children and even into adulthood (unless they are insane or have become extremely corrupt), that it often commits crimes, and those who commit the crimes are not punished soon. When it is like that, it doesn’t matter if it gives protection to its people, because it is at the same time endangering the lives of its people. It is no more a government, or its ruler no more a ruler than a man in a bank with a gun, who is robbing the bank while using that gun to protect that bank from another robber or robbers.
If your government is a robber, this does not mean you are free to commit crimes, or against the robber, and it doesn’t mean that it would be wise to attack the robber, but what is wise it to try and win your freedom when it is best for your safety and heart (doing what is best for your heart is sometimes what is safest, but sometimes not). If the your government is like a robber, and worse: refuses to listen after clearly having the truth about God’s will being made known to them, that is a government to physically get away from. Some will try to overthrow such a government, and though I don’t approve of that, if they win and do good, then may God bless them always.
Are the U.S. federal and state governments legitimate governments? If they are committing crimes, especially if they are provoking others to commit crimes, and not merely small petty thefts now and then or injustices, then they are not legitimate because they are often or continually endangering the lives of the ones they claim to be governing. Though they may govern often, or continually, they are a danger to the ones they are supposed to only protect. Any gang can govern, but that doesn’t mean that you or all your neighbors or their neighbors should agree to live under their authority.
Does the U.S. federal and state governments qualify as a gang or gangs? Are they often unjust. Do they oppress? Do they put the lives of their citizens more in danger of pain or death then health and life? Is your government able to reason logically enough to protect you well, or it often making mistakes on very important things? Does your government steal from you directly or indirectly? Has it stolen land or money from it’s citizens? Does it do harm directly or indirectly to the innocent or over punish with long jail sentences rather than a short beating or a just fine? Does it lie, withold evidence that would help the innocent or convict the guilty? Does it bribe or mislead it’s judges? Is it partial to the poor or is it partial to the rich? Is it so corrupt that the land it oppresses is filled with violence, filled with groups of violent people, with criminals, with mentally ill people who are a danger to your health and life or that of your family or neighbors? Does it steal from or harm other countries, provoking them to steal from you and harm you?
Which person would you trust with your life and the life of your children and friends and agree to have as a leader:
One who is able to protect you and does not provoke others to harm you, or one who is violent, unjust, hypocritical, oppressive, lies, and endangers your life?
A corrupt government which makes it’s citizen’s hostages, is like a wife-abuser who slowly kills his wives, who provokes them to kill themselves or harm the other wives. What is to be done to the one who is always hitting his wives and yelling them down, who even convinces them that they are the ones who deserve abuse because they yell back at him when he abuses? The punishment for his betrayal is the same for anyone who does wrong: to be put through the same pain they intended or caused, especially if they knew what they did was wrong.
Imagine a government as being like a business company: What would you think of that company if they often mistreated their own employees and swindled their customers and even deliberately poisoned them? How much would you desire to do business with such a company? Upon realizing that the company cannot be trusted, you would try to do as little business with them as possible and search for a better company.
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; to know wisdom and instruction; to recognize the words of understanding; to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and uprightness; to give sense to the simple, knowledge and judgment to the young man; the wise hears and increases learning; and understanding ones get wisdom; to understand a proverb and its meaning; the words of the wise, and their acute sayings. – Proverbs 1:1 -6
Whoever partners with a thief, hates his own life; when he hears a curse, he does not report it. – Proverbs 29:24
A king who sits in the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes. – Proverbs 20:8
A wise king scatters the wicked and brings the wheel over them. – Proverbs 20:26
Mercy and truth preserve the king; and his throne is upheld by mercy. – Proverbs 20:28
A high population is the king’s honor, having none is the ruin of the prince. – Proverbs 14:28
My son, fear Jehovah and the king; and do not fellowship with those who are given to change; for their trouble shall rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin of them both? – Proverbs 24:21-22
These also are for the wise: To have respect of persons in judgment is not good. He who says to the wicked, You are righteous; the people shall curse him and nations shall abhor him. But to those who rebuke him, it shall be a delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them. – Proverbs 24:23-25
Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be founded in righteousness. – Proverbs 25:5
The king establishes the land by judgment; but he taking bribes tears it down. – Proverbs 29:4
In being slow to anger a ruler is won over, and a soft tongue breaks the bone. – Proverbs 25:15
When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order. – Proverbs 28:2
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked; but those who keep the law plead against them. – Proverbs 28:4
Evil men do not understand judgment; but those who seek Jehovah understand all things. – Proverbs 28:5
The rich man is wise in his own eyes; but the poor who has understanding searches him out. – Proverbs 28:11
When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory; but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden. – Proverbs 28:12
Like a roaring lion and a ranging bear, so is a wicked ruler over the helpless people. – Proverbs 28:15
A ruler lacking understanding even adds oppressions; he who hates unjust gain shall prolong his days. – Proverbs 28:16
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool; but whoever walks wisely, he shall be delivered. – Proverbs 28:26
When the wicked rise, a man hides himself, but when they perish, the righteous increase. – Proverbs 28:28
If a ruler listens to lies, all his servants are wicked. – Proverbs 29:12
Your land is wasted, your cities burned with fire. Strangers devour your land right before your eyes, and it is wasted, as overthrown by strangers. And the daughter of Zion is left a booth in a vineyard, like a hut in a garden of cucumbers, like a besieged city. Except Jehovah of Hosts had left us a very small remnant, we would be as Sodom; we would be like Gomorrah. Hear the Word of Jehovah, rulers of Sodom; give ear to the Law of our God, people of Gomorrah. To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me? says Jehovah; I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of he-goats. When you come to appear before Me, who has required this at your hand, to trample My courts? Bring no more vain sacrifice; incense is an abomination to Me; the new moon and sabbath, the going to meeting; I cannot endure evil and the assembly! Your new moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; they are a trouble to Me; I am weary to bear them. And when you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; yea, when you make many prayers, I will not hear; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do good; seek judgment, reprove the oppressor. Judge the orphan, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, says Jehovah; though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of Jehovah has spoken. How has the faithful city become a harlot? It was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers. Your silver has become dross, your wine mixed with water; your rulers are rebellious, and companions of thieves; everyone loves a bribe, and is pursuing rewards; they do not judge the orphan, nor does the cause of the widow come to them. And the Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, the mighty One of Israel, says, Alas! I will ease Myself of My foes, and avenge Myself of My enemies. And I will turn back My hand on you, and purge away your dross as with lye, and take away all your alloy. And I will restore your judges as at first, and your counselors as at the beginning; afterwards you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her returning ones with righteousness. And the downfall of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together; and those who forsake Jehovah shall be consumed. For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which you have desired, and you shall be ashamed for the gardens which you have chosen. For you shall be like an oak whose leaf fades, and like a garden that has no water. And the mighty man shall be like tinder, and his work like a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench the fire. – Isaiah 1:7-31