“Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)
So what then is “righteousness” that, according to Solomon, exalts a nation? Let’s try approaching it a different way: Do you feel that, as a nation, we are exalted right now? I’m pretty sure I don’t feel we are exalted. There are some good things, for sure: the dedication and work of our NHS; the “community spirit” – thinking of and caring for your neighbour, rather than just thinking of self. Many people are working hard to make things the best they can be. But exalted? No.
Righteousness is being in a right relationship with God. That is what exalts a nation; that is what lifts each and every one of us. Sin brings us down; but being right with God – living his way – that brings real life. So look for the right way, today.