Scripture and Politics
But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. – Titus 3:9
In just the last 2,000 years there have been nearly 50 world superpowers reigning throughout the world. The average lifespan of a superpower’s reign of dominance is around 200 years on average. Some superpowers have lasted much longer than 200 years, but most don’t make it that long.
With each shift in global superpowers brings new laws, new rulers, and new ways of life. The policies of man are ever-changing because mankind is fickle.
However, God is not fickle. He does not change and His resolve is always the same. The same can be said for the scripture within the bible. The undeviating will of God, unlike the heart of man, is the only constant in this world – no matter how much humans would like to think otherwise.
Over the past century there has been a recent insurgence in the United States over many political issues. The country, for the most part, has become divided into two spectrums: the Republican Party and the Democrat Party.
Facebook feuds are made on a daily basis over what policy is necessary or not for the advancement of humanity. People use their religious ideals as a means to express their political views. These discussions often result in hostile words, emotionally charged actions, and a misrepresentation of the heart of Christ.
What if the entirety of our worldview was based on the truth of scripture instead of the alignment with a specific political party?
The truth is that every single government in the history of the world has been run by sinners. Policies and laws have been created by sinners. The politicians voted into office are sinners. Even the leaders in the churches across the world are sinners – every last one of them.
To put an unrelenting faith into these people, and believing that they represent a part of the ultimate truth, is a foolish dependence that will only leave the world in turmoil.
As the Christian philosopher Dallas Willard says in his book The Spirit of the Disciplines, “The world can no longer be left to mere diplomats, politicians, and business leaders. They have done the best they could, no doubt. But this is an age for spiritual heroes- a time for men and women to be heroic in their faith and in spiritual character and power. The greatest danger to the Christian church today is that of pitching its message too low.”
The plans of man will always fail, but the plan of God has already won its battle. If Christians are to actually make an impact in the world then they must collectively turn to the truths found in scripture alone. They must become engulfed in the transformative power of God through His word provided in the bible.
If the spiritual warriors of this country are to regain influence in people’s lives then they must retreat from political temptations and delve deep into loving others the way Jesus did. They must turn away from senseless arguments and begin to focus their attention on the hearts of the people they are surrounded by. Only then will the world truly be changed.