Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. The king’s favor is toward a servant who acts wisely, but his anger is toward him who acts shamefully. Proverbs 14:34-35
Christians frequently have different opinions about political issues, and even about the extent that Christians should be involved in politics.
Regardless of our political views, we can be quite certain that we as Christians are obliged and obligated to pay our taxes (Romans 13:6). And we are to pray for our government leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2), something written at a time when political leaders did not favor Christians.
We think of Joseph and Daniel as political servants who served their (foreign) governments well. By their godly lives they brought blessing to their respective countries, and they enjoyed their kings’ favor. Queen Esther and Nehemiah are also examples of those who acted wisely and served well in the halls of government.
Are we godly citizens who “exalt our nation” by righteous living, by lives of integrity? Sin and corruption are a disgrace to any country; let’s both exhibit and stand for righteousness, and exalt God and our nation by doing so.