(Proverbs 14:34 KJV) Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
What do we mean by “righteousness” (6666)? For a brief time is was the word of the week with the in-crowd of students. They would say, “Righteous” as a sign of approval. Of course they could use the term to put their stamp of approval on a bit of pornography. The word to them was morally neutral.
For us the word is loaded and significant. Righteousness involve outward actions. If you look at the second half of the Ten Commandments you get an idea. For the Jew the kosher law would be involved. Modern America finds this entire list unsavory.
Righteousness involves an inner condition. It is not just following rules. It is a heart, mind, soul and strength thing. They are transformed by the Holy Spirit.
Can an entire nation be righteous? No, but it is clear that if you have enough salt it can flavor the entire stew. We are to be that salt. We are to walk in righteousness. Keep in mind that God promised Abraham to spare Sodom if there were just a few upright people in town.
So? It is a heavy burden to bear. We may feel rejected and despised. It doesn’t matter. We may be the only thing keeping this nation from being destroyed like so many in the past. Be a source of exaltation.