Monday, July 20, 2015

Of Politics and God

" For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him."  2 Chronicles 16:9

Are you enjoying the political speeches that fill our news networks lately?  Regardless of which candidate you support, you will find he or she has opposition which is sometimes more vocal than your choice.  We wonder where they come up with all the accusations against the opponents while trying to make promises to the voting public.

Deals are made in private, which will include events from a candidate's past, in hopes voters will be outraged about problems they encountered in their previous political year.  Or, maybe they said something in support of an issue at one time, but now are promoting a totally opposite stance on the issue.   You have heard the arguments, the strategies and the promises if "you elect me!"   I have come to believe the politicians will say anything to get elected, then we learn they had no intention in keeping the promises  they made during their campaigns.

You think something like that is new to our world?  Think was even going on in the days described in the Bible.  2 Chronicles 16 gives us a glimpse into such political strategy that included the pledging of gold and silver to a leader, if only he would break the treaty he had with another leader.  The problem all these kings failed to see is one that is still with us today.  We continue to hear of "back room deals" from our elected officials, which will strategize Mr. A with Mr. B, even though Mr. B already has an  agreement with Mr. C which would prevent Mr. A and Mr. B from being on friendly terms.  It's no wonder the entire political scheme is so difficult to understand.

One thing is abundantly clear.  For the most part, God doesn't fit into the thinking and planning of our political future.

Back to the information from 2 Chronicles, the problem they all seemed to share during the task of defeating the opponent, was putting the spotlight on themselves.  Their actions and planning didn't take into consideration the ways of God.  How contemporary is that?  All the bargains, all the treaties, all the promises were aimed at promoting self. 

Then comes the eye-opening revelation of verse 9. " For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him."

My political summary is simple.  Stop relying on the ways of man.  No matter how pretty the picture and the message they portray, reliance on any person to be the answer to our dilemma is futile.  Why would we need anything or anyone besides the strength from God which is promised to those whose hearts are fully committed to him?

Being the people of God doing the things of God will bring success in our future of being a Godly nation.


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