Proverbs 18:5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
When I read this verse recently in my Bible study, I noticed a possible application that had not occurred to me before. If I take “accept the person of the wicked” broadly enough to include supporting a political candidate of any party or persuasion that holds to or follows by action or inaction policy that is contrary to the Bible, I ought not vote for such a person. To vote for such a person certainly overthrows the righteous in judgment who voted against that candidate, and I potentially assisted a very evil person to hold office. Granted, this is more application than interpretation. Literally understood, to accept the person of the wicked would pertain more to the action of judges and others of similar authority who cave in to the position of the wicked, instead of standing against them. This takes place frequently in our society. The tiny sinful minority gets all the attention, and the righteous are almost totally disregarded. It is about time that the righteous, the solid Bible believing Christians, take a stand and hold to it in all areas of life. But when it comes to election day, this is most important. For a Christian not to vote his or her informed conscience is to cast a vote for the devil. When primary election season comes along this coming year, Christians ought to be sure to vote and vote in a manner that reflects Biblical values. Pay attention to the news. Quite often you will notice, if your eyes are open, that certain current office holders loudly support policy that is utterly absurd, not to mention morally wrong. Senators like John McCain of Arizona and Lindsay Graham of South Carolina come immediately to mind. Representative John Boehner of Ohio, the Speaker of the House, not to mention Senator Harry Reid of the Senate, need to be replaced with people who believe in and uncompromisingly support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They need to be replaced by candidates who understand the very dangerous fiscal policy the current government is advocating. Senator Paul Ryan of Wisconsin lacks moral backbone when he blatantly supports fiscal policy he must know will be ruinous to this country. The individuals I just named, whether I spelled their names right or not, have got to go, for they clearly do not support sound fiscal policy, do not tell the truth, and do not support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Speaker of the House has no business calling himself a Republican. Same goes for most of the Republican Establishment. They are individuals devoid of moral backbone, who cave in to the opposition and never stand up very long for what is morally and economically right. As for the Democrats, those on the national scene and their party are so far to the left they might as well be called socialists and communists. In any case they are godless, supporting immorality condemned throughout the Bible. Forgive my rant, but these are some of the thoughts I had as I read Proverbs 18:5 this past week or so.
For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:
(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 671 for Proverbs 18:5.
(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 711 or in Logos 5 Bible software for Proverbs 18:5.
(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:
Proverbs 18:5. not good. FS175B, Ge +21:16. Figure Tapeinosis, meaning it is very bad. Pr *24:23. *28:21. Ge 4:7. Le +*19:15. Dt *1:16, 17. 16:19. Ne 5:9. 2 Ch +**19:2. 7, 9. Jb 13:7, 8. 34:19. Mt *22:16. Ro +2:11. Ja +2:1. to accept. 1 T +*5:21. person of the wicked. Ps *82:2. to overthrow. 1 K 21:9-14. Ps 140:4. Is 5:23. *59:14. Mi 7:3. the righteous. Pr 17:26.