S (Scripture): Proverbs 29
25 The fear of others lays a snare, but one who trusts in the Lord is secure.
26 Many seek the favor of a ruler, but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.
27 The unjust are an abomination to the righteous, but the upright are an abomination to the wicked.
O (Observation): Peace and security comes from the Lord, not from any earthly ruler or authority. Trusting in God brings one justice and hope.
And who is an abomination? Depends on the viewpoint. The unjust acquire wealth and status in ways that make the righteous jealous – though it shouldn’t. The upright are an abomination to the wicked, because the upright are genuine and receive eternal favor without working lies or deceit.
A (Application): The freakiest line from the latest House of Cards series is the title of this blog post. President Francis Underwood pontificates on the future…and he says, “One nation. Underwood.” How creepy.
How often does the “bad guy” win? How do we allow this? We do allow it, by the way, either because we stick our heads in the sand or because we are complicit with the system.
…until we lift our heads…until we are no longer complicit…
We reach a true freedom when we begin to believe in and trust the Lord. We can walk upright (repenting as we go) fearing no ruler. We will do no battle. Instead, our upright nature will drive the wicked ones crazy.
Our trust will be in the Lord, and as we trust the Lord, we will see that our spirit is not captured. Our will is set free in order that we live upright lives in the midst of an unjust world.
Francis Underwood rules through wicked means. Will you? Or will you let genuine love for your neighbor guide your ways and your will?
P (Prayer): Lord, lift up our heads to you! Amen.