God Governing the Nations
By A W Pink
“If that nation I warned repents of its evil—then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.” There is always an “if” in connection with human responsibility, for man is as “unstable as water” being influenced by many things both from within and without; nevertheless he is held strictly accountable unto God. Nations, equally with individuals, are responsible: the Lord is their Maker, their Ruler, their God. His Moral Law is as binding upon kingdoms as it is upon the Church. If the rulers of the nations acknowledge God in the discharge of their office, if their laws be equitable and beneficent, maintaining a balance between justice and mercy, if the Lord is owned in prosperity and sought unto in adversity—then the smile of Heaven will be upon that people. But if He is slighted and defied, His frown will be experienced. As effects are dependent upon the operation of causes, and the character of the one determines the nature of the other—so a course of obedience is followed by very different consequence from one of disobedience, be it the case of a nation or individual.
“Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34) expresses a foundational principle and an unchanging fact. Right doing or walking according to the Divine Rule—is the basic condition of national prosperity. A righteous administration of government and the public worship of God, gives an ascendancy to a people over those where such things prevail not. Nothing so tends to uphold the throne, elevate the mind of the masses, promote industry, sobriety and equity between man and man, as does the genuine practice of piety, the preservation of the virtues and suppression of vice, as nothing more qualifies a nation for the favor of God. Righteousness is productive of health, of population, of peace and prosperity. But every kind of sin has the contrary tendency. “The prevalence of vice and impiety is a nation’s reproach, conduces to disunion, weakness and disgraces, and exposes any people to the wrath and vengeance of God” (Thomas Scott). When sin has become a public “reproach” then ruin is imminent.