Proverbs 14:34 (NIV)
34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.

Justice, reigning in a nation, puts an honor upon it, however vice, reigning in a nation, puts disgrace upon it. Throughout The Bible the people of Israel were often instances of both parts of this observation; they were great when they were good, but when they forsook God all about them insulted them and trampled on them. It is therefore the interest and duty of those in authority to use their power for the suppression of vice and support of virtue.

Whenever there is a separation between values and practice, things break down. In ancient China, the people desired security from the barbaric, invading hordes to the north. To get this protection, they built the Great Wall of China. It's 30 feet high, 18 feet thick, and more than 1,500 miles long!

The Chinese goal was to build an absolutely impenetrable defense�too high to climb over, too thick to break down, and too long to go around. But during the first hundred years of the wall's existence China was successfully invaded three times.

It wasn't the wall's fault. During all three invasions, the barbaric hordes never climbed over the wall, broke it down, or went around it; they simply bribed a gatekeeper and then marched right in through an open door. The purpose of the wall failed because of a breakdown in values. [James Emery White, You Can Experience a Purposeful Life (Nashville: Word, 2000)]

We should never forget when sin and corruption live in a nation there will always be that one person to open the door to destruction. Pray that God would revive this nation with a passion for righteousness and justice. Pray the people would include Christ in their lives and live as Christ would. Pray that this nation would be a nation under God and for God.