It has been my practice not to invest much of my public communication to the world of politics. Frankly, it is an unworthy steward of my time, thoughts, energies and words. Not to sound cavalier, but I have a much higher calling than to dedicate myself to the sad world of American politics. This present season, however, contains the impeachment hearings which will result in a no-holds-barred spectacle of foolish contention in Washington D.C. Because of this new wrinkle, I thought I might address our political issues from a 10,000 foot view.
“Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.” – Psalm 60:11
“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.” – Psalm 146:3
“Give us aid against the foe, for the help of man is worthless.” – Psalm 108:12
“It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.” – Psalm 118:9
Scripture is clear on the matter of the hollowness of placing our confidence in human ability. We all understand that occasions will arise during our lives wherein no human aid will suffice. Nobody can rescue us. No friend nor loved one can reverse whatever it is that is overwhelming us. There are times when there is not a single Homo sapiens who can defend or protect us from the threatening force coming against us. Life is often a stern-faced teacher that instructs us firmly about these realities. There are also generational shifts that occur during our lifetimes. We are in the midst of a massive cultural and generational shift right now in America. These changes are impacting every sector of our society from politics to education, from entertainment to business, and from the realm of family to ever-changing religious issues. Humanly speaking, the feathers have been released into the wind and there will be no human ability to place them back in the bag from which they flew. These days, all of this contention, change and combustion seems to be landing most heavily in the political world. That is why all eyes have been and still are fixed on our nation’s capitol. People are actually expecting some semblance of reason, order or truth to emit from Washington D.C.
What we are actually getting from there is a constant ooze of undefined sludge. Or maybe you have not noticed.
I am not a Republican. I am not a Democrat. I am an independent voter who leans heavily conservative on nearly every issue. I am unapologetically pro-life, and I will never have to answer to the Almighty for why I cast a vote for any candidate whose platform included the lessening or removal of legal protections for the unborn. This is the vital, vote-determining issue for me in politics. That is why I will vote for Donald Trump if he is able to run in 2020. I am not a fan of President Trump, but every candidate running against him (no matter who it is) will work hard to make it easier to exterminate babies who cannot in any way defend their lives in the womb (or immediately outside of the womb if one of the more radical opponents of the President happens to win). Do I think Mr. Trump is an awesome President? No. Is he an embarrassment at times? Yes. Do I believe there is any merit to the blind loyalties that many Christians espouse in promoting him as being godly or Christian? Uhm, not hardly. Yet, it is the Christian’s civic responsibility to vote, and I only have one vote of my own to cast. The Democratic candidates all appear to be somewhere on the spectrum between being mild lunatics to living completely averse to objective truth. Personalities aside, both sides of the political aisle in Washington D.C. have zero objective hope to offer the conservative Christian voter. Yet, I keep hearing Christians (among all the other sectors of the American voters) pumping out fear, anger, outrage and good old fashioned hate as they express their political persuasions.
In the end, we are all still left with only one vote each. Why not prayerfully make up your mind about how you will vote in the next twelve months, and then reroute all your mental energy, verbal releases, emotional investments and strong opinions toward things that actually hold everlasting value? Now, I don’t give that advice to non-believers. All their hopes might as well rest in the here-and-now anyway. They do not have the expectation to think upon anything beyond our temporary lives on earth. But Christians? How did we end up locking any measure of hope into what is the most absurd, Spirit-void, irrational and truthless federal representation in the history of the republic? Leonard Ravenhill’s famous words fit perfectly with what I am observing right now among believers who are frantically clinging to American politics as their sole life preserver that they hope to keep them afloat. Ravenhill soberly said in years gone by, “Many of us are hunting mice – while lions devour the land.”
I am convinced that America’s only hope is true, sustained Holy Spirit revival. I actually believe this can be entrusted to the Church. I believe we can properly and honorably steward revival when it comes. There can be wide scale repentance and consequent soul salvations in the midst of our decaying culture. The advance of the Gospel can radically shift our nation’s values back to a righteousness that befits a country as graced as these United States of America have been. The Kingdom fruit of love, joy, peace and kindness can replace the toxic atmosphere of classism, racism, violence, immorality and greed. The babies who are currently in our nursery at our church could actually live in a world of hope by the time they enter middle school. The poor can be helped. The hungry and helpless can be fed and sheltered. The vulnerable can be valiantly protected. The neglected can become the cherished. The addict can be delivered. Because of the power inherent in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, all of what I have described and immeasurably more can actually become a reality. This is the standing offer of God to His people if we want it.
But some Christians do not believe that at all. It seems like a fairytale to them. They believe more greatly in what politics can bring them. They are living with a higher functional confidence in man than they have in God. How do I know? Because the communication of the mouth reveals the contents of the heart. Too many of us turn our eyes to the Republicans and Democrats with the expectation of rescue, and say to them repeatedly, “Save us from the other side of the aisle. We are trusting to you. Our hopes are in you to preserve what we cherish or to provide what we have never been given. Apart from you, we feel that we have no hope!” Then we put on our Sunday clothes, drive to the church house and sing with spiritually off-key hearts, “On Christ the Solid Rock I stand! All other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand!” Our songs are nowhere close to being true to what is exposed to be pulsing in our hearts.
My dear Christian brothers and sisters: I plead with you to get yourself in the presence of King Jesus and ask Him to reveal to you where your heart’s laser is presently aimed. In what are you truly hoping? I understand with you that politics have some very intense practical ramifications. I am not saying that politics do not matter. But I am definitely saying that they matter far too greatly to many Christians who are benumbed to the reality that politics have become their primary religious altar. What I am also saying is that you will still end up with only one vote, no matter how much of yourself you give to politics over the next year. All of our social media posts, protests and proclamations are not changing anyone’s minds. It is the height of ignorance to believe that our online voices will somehow shake the system. Do you not realize that most everyone’s minds are made up already? We are not truly speaking to bring change. We are arguing, debating and venting…and we are making no difference while the same marauding lions continue to devour the land. Our hearts have gone after the constantly squeaking political mice and we have not caught any of them.
The God of eternity has declared that to place our hopes in humans is folly. It is not debatable. It is everlasting truth from the highest Governmental Throne in existence. Perhaps we should bow before that throne a little longer in the next twelve months, lest we waste an entire year leading up to an election grasping at scurrying mice while the paw of the lion is reaching for us.