There is an evil I have seen under the sun, an error proceeding from the presence of the ruler: The fool is appointed to great heights, but the rich remain in lowly positions. I have seen slaves on horses, but princes walking on the ground like slaves. The one who digs a pit may fall into it, and the one who breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake. The one who quarries stones may be hurt by them; the one who splits trees may be endangered by them. If the axe is dull, and one does not sharpen its edge, then one must exert more strength; however, the advantage of wisdom is that it brings success. If the snake bites before it is charmed, then there is no advantage for the charmer. Eccl 10:5-11 (HCSB)
When do we realize that we are in the midst of evil days? Consider the fact that the people have been blinded for the sake of change and fools have found their way into leadership positions and appointed other fools replacing qualified civil servants who have been previously successful. Then the government tries to turn society upside down with the poor and disadvantaged over the rich and successful people, and the wealth is redistributed to win the hearts of the people. In these situations, the days of evil are in place because social order has been overturned by the fools who do not understand the consequences of their folly.
Thankfully, God has an order in place for society and each time man tries to change the natural order of man chaos and dissent follows. However, God is in control so that when fools take charge they only discover that their pits are traps for themselves, and as they try to act like the thief taking what is not theirs to take they are the victim in the end. Likewise, when one tries to perform skilled work without the needed experience the risk for harm is escalated – such as a stonecutter in a quarry or a lumberjack in a forest, which are two extremely skilled and dangerous occupations. Experience matters and maturity enables a person over time to become a capable worker. If this is true, what about in a more challenging and skilled leadership roles of our government, because failures at this level in judgment affects all the people, and not just the one person who is making the decisions.
When we are looking to place people into high offices we must make sure we have properly prepared people who are truly qualified to perform in office to the common good of the public, and not for selfish gain or vanity sake. We need to make sure we have a properly prepared or “sharp axe” to accomplish the tasks that the office requires. We need likewise to realize wisdom is a gift from God, and our leaders need to be thus men of God, and ones who daily seek God’s will, God’s ways, and God’s wisdom according to God’s Word. When the leadership and the people are on the same page, society is in proper order and the nation is blessed and God is honored.
As a final thought, God works through His people to hold the leaders in government accountable and responsible. All successful governments have been accountable to the people, and when the government fails to please the people “change” occurs! Communism and socialism have been overthrown because of the people’s reactions to such regimes. Let us all seek God’s will, ways and wisdom when pursuing the change we desire to see. Then and only then will the change for the common good actually take place; and. change for change sake is dangerous, unless we know the change God desires for us.
Listen to another parable: There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a winepress in it, and built a watchtower. He leased it to tenant farmers and went away. When the grape harvest drew near, he sent his slaves to the farmers to collect his fruit. But the farmers took his slaves, beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Again, he sent other slaves, more than the first group, and they did the same to them. Finally, he sent his son to them. “They will respect my son,” he said. But when the tenant farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, “This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance!” So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers? “He will completely destroy those terrible men,” they told Him, “and lease his vineyard to other farmers who will give him his produce at the harvest.” Matt 21:33-41 (HCSB) (Note: God’s plans cannot be usurped or taken away by man)