The president and his family lived lavishly in a mansion with unbelievable furnishings. Also, he had sprawling gardens meticulously manicured, and even had his own zoo! All of this when many of his people were in poverty.
The riot took place in Kiev, the capital, which has nearly 3 million residents and is a bustling metropolis with many hotels, businesses, restaurants, entertainment and cultural centers.
The people wanted honesty in government to the point of dying for change — and 77 residents did give their lives.
The incident is not an exact parallel but reminiscent of the flagrant behavior of another leader who completely ignored the laws of God and, like the Ukraine president, lived in opulence and extravagance.
His name was King Belshazzar, told about in the Bible, who was in the midst of one of his orgies when God stopped him.
Here is the biblical account: “As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone. Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace.
“The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his knees knocked together and his legs gave way” (Daniel 5:4-6). Who wouldn’t be afraid of such strange things!
Daniel, the man of God, came in and said to the king, “I will read the writing for the king. ... This is what those words mean:
“God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. Your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians” (Daniel 5:17, 25-28).
God always holds us responsible for unconfessed sins, but sometimes He airs them to all, as He did this Babylonian king. In fact, the Bible promises, “Whoso covers his sins; they will be shown before the whole congregation.”
One wonders if our own country is falling apart. Our national debt is unsustainable, yet we keep spending borrowed money. Constantly corruption is discovered in different parts of our government. Also, the large city of Detroit is bankrupt and other cities totter on bankruptcy.
However, there is an even darker cloud on the horizon. That is the obvious effort to stamp out traditional values.
Some Christian universities are suffering for lack of government loans for students because the universities will not hand out birth control devices. Businesses are saddled with unbelievable penalties for not complying with regulations against which they have religious convictions.
What is the answer to the problem? First, let’s pray for our leaders that God will change them. Then, let’s pray for a nationwide revival. Finally, let’s decide that come what may, we will walk humbly with our God.