Proverbs 17:23

A wicked person receives a bribe secretly
to pervert the ways of justice.

You don’t have to stop and think long before come to the worst bribe that was ever taken. If you stop for a moment, you can probably fill in the blank with the name _______.

You could probably make a case for why you would betray most people. Most people have done something wrong enough to be worthy of being betrayed. We’ve all done something stupid, said something stupid or treated someone in a stupid way. There’s no doubt that all of us could be condemned, and it would be that unreasonable for someone to betray us.

But there was one person who shouldn’t have ever been betrayed. There was one person who was very wrongfully accused. And He was betrayed by Judas. I don’t think there is any doubt that we would all classify Judas as a wicked person who perverted the ways of justice.

But, we all must be careful not to accept a bribe. Just because Judas comes to mind, doesn’t mean that the only form of condemned bribery is that which leads to the death of the son of God. Any bribe received in secret to pervert the ways of justice is wicked.

Think of all the bribes that politicians receive. I know they’re not supposed to, but you can be sure that they are getting them. Think of all the backdoor agreements that have to take place in order to get anything done on Capital Hill. There is a ridiculous amount of wickedness that exists in the way government is run.

I can hear you now, there he goes, he’s going to start slamming the government. Some of you are applauding, others are about to stop reading. Before you do, understand that I am not criticizing any political party, instead I’m criticizing them all.

There is a severe problem when business as usual is deals that take place behind closed doors. When decisions cannot be made using logic and reasoning, but instead can only be reached by dollar signs and fatter wallets – there is something terribly wrong. We should be very concerned that our government has ceased to operate under the standards with which we were created and has now begun to operate solely in secret.

What is being said behind closed doors, the deals that are being made and the complete and utter perversion of justice should be a huge red flag to us. I don’t care which side of the aisle you’re on, which political party you align yourself with, which politician you voted for or which politician you hate, the fact the standard mode of operation is getting bribes in secret should be something that concerns us all greatly.

It’s no wonder nothing gets done, they’re all being wicked – even if they think they’re on the right team. This is a big problem. Judas is the norm now in government, that’s not good.