Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. Proverbs 14:34
Mankind often places their hope for the furtherance of society in education, science and statistics, government, judicial systems, military strength, etc. Those things are needed and important. However if men and women are not righteous, placing hope in those things leads to unwanted results.
Without righteousness, education can become the promotion of a person’s ideas over truth. Science and statistics may be made to say what the producer desires. Government may become weighed down with the desire for power. Judicial systems can become blinded by status and money. Military strength may be used for the power of it. Even religious people can live unrighteous lives, justifying their own desires over God’s will.
Righteousness is doing the right thing, right living. When people seek to do the right thing, a nation will be exalted. Will all the unwanted results be corrected? No, men and women will still fall short. But righteousness is the goal for which we must strive. It gives us a place to begin our stand. Will you join us in seeking to do right?