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The Problem With Politics

We are a staunchly divided nation. One of the reasons we find ourselves in the situation we are now in is because we have abandoned fairness and decency in the public square. Being a public servant is no longer about doing what is right. Long gone are the days of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Politics is all about power, and this means there is no room for fairness and decency. Simple Biblical principles have been abandoned.

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)

Politicians cannot follow the same rules. They create rules and break rules as they please. They do whatever benefits their side. There is no concern for the other. There is no concern for treating other people the way they want to be treated. All that matters is power and winning.

“But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:37)

The words of politicians are meaningless. They say one thing one day and something different the next. It doesn’t even matter if it was recorded or caught on tape. Politicians use words to benefit them in the moment. Words are twisted. Lies are told. Wrongs are rationalized or excused. Anything is on the table as long as it benefits the politician.

“But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant.” (Matthew 20:25-26)

Jesus warned that Christians are not to seek power as worldly people do, but are instead to serve one another. What is happening in politics is often what Christians are not to do. We are to live sacrificially. We are to take up our cross and follow Jesus. Politics is the opposite of this. It is the pursuit of power.

So what? We are not politicians, so why do we have to worry about what politicians do? We may not be politicians but when we interject ourselves into politics, we often find ourselves supporting and encouraging this behavior. We start believing the rules should favor our side and not the other. We are ok with politicians using words however they please to get whatever they want. We’re fine with the pursuit of power as long as our side wins. If we approve of improper behavior among politicians, how long before we accept it in our own lives and communities? How long before our children begin to embrace these behaviors that we support? Our support is not harmless.

“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all…Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:17, 21)

The Bible is clear about what we must do. We must do what is good. We must do what is right. We must do what is fair. We must tell the truth. We must do this even if it puts us at a disadvantage. We must do it even if it means we lose something for which we are striving. The greater loss would be to lose our morals, our reputation, or even our soul.

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36)

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