Proverbs 29:2

When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,

    but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

Proverbs 29:2 ESV

This verse notes the general blessing that results from righteousness. That is to say, even the unbelievers receive benefit from an environment of righteousness. Conversely, all people, believers and unbelievers alike, suffer when the wicked rule.

If that is the case, what is the responsibility of Christians to influence the society toward righteousness? For example, should Christians participate in political office? Should they seek, for the betterment of all citizens, to become city managers, mayors, and the like? To what degree can a Christian city manager or mayor influence the city toward righteousness in a secular government?

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