A petition is being made to President Obama to meet Wal Mart Workers to discuss the issue of minimum wages. I am surmising what King Solomon would advise the President based on his proverbs in response to this question asked by the Queen of Sheba. In regards to their petition, Politicians, vulnerable to elections, should pay special attention to the last subtle reason he gave her in the following novel excerpt.
“Solomon, when you travel to your providences, what information do you seek to ascertain the truth of whether or not your governors are capable and loyal leaders?”
“One of the most important duties of a leader is to appoint the best and most capable leaders to maintain order and progress in their kingdom. I strongly believe in delegating responsibility to those I appoint to maintain order for the day-to-day tasks. I also believe a leader should travel often and check on their progress and to maintain strong personal relationships to promote trade and unity.”
“An ideal governor is an upright truthful man. A community will thrive on the candor of their governor. A king loves the candid man with integrity in his circle of advisors.” A king approves truthful speech, and loves the words of upright men. (Proverb 16:13)
“A ruler is deserving of the kind of leaders he appoints. If a ruler wants his officials to be a stickler for truth and goodness, he must himself be a stickler to attract men of caliber into his service. Men of integrity will not tolerate and serve a king that lacks rigor and probity. A king must investigate to find the truth of every affair. If the king is slack and irresponsible to seek truth, the lies of the wicked will prevail and reflect upon the king. Wicked men poison the life of the community for their own ends will seize the opportunity to serve a master of their own kind.” A ruler who gives credence to a lie, all who serve him are wicked men. (Proverb 29:12)
“Give me an example of how you go about to seek truth when you pay a visit to your providences.” Bilqis requested.
“There are different subtle ways. The first indicator is how people greet you when you come to their city. If it is a bad place for ordinary men to live, they will hide away in fear. They will act harried in your presence for fear of being exploited. If the leaders are good of heart and their morale is high, their people will rejoice on your arrival. Good or evil, depending on which has the upper hand, will influence the life of a community.” When the wicked rise to power, citizens conceal themselves, but when they perish, righteous men come to power. (Proverb 28:28)
“Another subtle method to find truth can occur when a king sits at table with his governor. If his governor cannot control his appetite, he cannot control his desires. If he eats like a glutton at the table of a king, it will be his undoing. For at a table, a king will observe and scrutinize him well. If he is a toper that drinks too much, or a hot head, you will soon know the truth. A wise host will know that his hospitality and eating habits reflect on his skills of diplomacy.” When you sit down to eat with a ruler, confine your attention to what is before you, and put a knife in your throat if you have a hearty appetite. (Proverb 23:1, 2)
“Then you may seek out and find where the poor in the community live to find truth. Observe the poor, the most vulnerable of a community, to find if they appear oppressed by injustice. You can judge the humanity of a governor by listening and observing the conditions of the poor of his community. If the governor cuts himself off from the poor, they will not hear him when he is in need.” He who stops his ear to the cry of a poor man will himself cry out and not be answered. (Proverb, 21:13)
Source: Chapter 14
As A Lily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka
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