Corrupt leaders = Proof of free will? Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers (governing authorities). For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. That verse is pretty clear. Now let's use some lateral thought. - Would God ever ordain someone to a position of leadership if He didn't think he / she was fit for it? - Would God ever give a leader power if He didn't trust them with it? If your answer is YES to the above, you believe God is evil and makes mistakes. Fact is, God is good Psalm 136:1 and does not make mistakes (look at yourself in the mirror). So, the classic question arises....'Why in the universe would God give Lucifer so much power and authority in heaven?' He had clearly gained God's trust more then any other angel. Lucifer clearly had free will. The power to honour / respect or dishonour / shame God was in his hands. Two blurry matters are now as clear as daylight. 1. Saying, corrupt leaders is God's doing is on par with blaming God for the actions of the devil. 2. Saying God does not select leaders and give them power based on merit and trust, is to call God evil and dumb. Conclusion: If you can figure out the reason for God not re-enlisting Lucy as His covering cherub, you will grasp that all leaders who God has trusted, have free will to shame Him. Eze 12:14-17 14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. 15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. 16 Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. 17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.