"I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; and there it was, all overgrown with thorns; its surface was covered with nettles; its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest; so shall your poverty come like a prowler, and your need like an armed man." Proverbs 24:30-34
Crime and Grime
If dirt and decay describe your municipality, then it is time to change the mayor and town councilors. Crime and grime go together. "Because of laziness the building decays, and through idleness of hands the house leaks." Ecclesiastes 10: 18
"He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great destroyer." Proverbs 18:9
"Lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul. Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge, one of those who is surety for debts." Proverbs 22:25-26.
Foundations for Freedom
For communities to be strong, their families need to be strong. For city councils to be good, the citizens need to be good. Those who cannot control themselves are not capable of ruling over a city (Proverbs 16:32). Those who cannot manage their households well are not qualified to lead others (1 Timothy 3:4-5).