Whenever God’s people resisted Him in Bible-times He would often “turn them over” to their enemies, their idols, or their own obstinate ideas. And then He would wait until reality sufficiently chastised them and sent them running back to Him. It’s a pattern we see throughout scripture from Israel’s wandering in the wilderness to Jesus’ story of the prodigal. Reality has a way of turning us towards home
I believe we’re seeing this pattern at work today as God “turns us over” to the false god of power-politics. If you’re anything like me, you may be wondering if we have any truly good and beautiful choices in the upcoming elections.
The Christian church, (myself included), has had an long unnatural infatuation with politics. We have placed our hopes in elections and trusted men to turn the world rightside-up again. But hope rooted in the political process is misplaced, empty, and idolatrous. And now that we’ve reached the endgame our idol is failing us because politics – the exercise of power – has no place in the Kingdom of the crucified One.
Jesus went to great trouble to show us a kingdom that would operate on a radically different axis than the kingdom of Caesar. His Kingdom would be:
- A place where the poor would be blessed.
- Mourners would find comfort.
- The meek would be rewarded.
- Those who yearn for the world to be made right would not be disappointed.
- Mercy would rule the day.
- The pure-hearted would see God.
- And peacemakers would be known as God’s children.
Not exactly a description of our political conventions! But the encouraging thing is that we have – hopefully – hit the wall. Many are awakening to the fact that this political circus feels much like “feeding pigs in a distant land.” And maybe, just maybe the stench is becoming noxious enough to turn our faces back to the Servant-King who is already seated on the Throne.
PS: Please don’t think I’m encouraging you to refrain from casting an informed vote in November. We need to exercise every influence we have. But we must not put our trust in politics. It is a fading, fallen system that will soon be obsolete.