God and politics
I guess it happens in lots of countries, but God is used more and more as a scare tactic to get people in the U.S. to vote one way or another.
Both sides speak of God. And both sides try to use God as a rallying cry for the things they want to do. Things change over time. I remember when Southern Democrats had a lot of support from Christians. Now, the pendulum has swung the other way, with Evangelical Christians in large numbers supporting Republicans.
We must remember though, way back in Old Testament times, the Israelites rejected God as their King. They wanted a human king. God warned what the outcome will be. But the people wanted it anyway. And we still pay the price for that, even today.
Politics are about power. Power for those involved in their own party. They aren’t primarily for the people, in spite of what they may say. And they certainly are not interested in having the Christian God as their guiding light, nor any other “god”, except for the god of power.
When we forget these things, we run the very real risk of worshiping the god of politics, not the God of the Bible.
Topics related to those ideas are what we’ll cover in this category. Full disclosure – I used to be a registered Republican, until Trump ran for President in 2015. I could not support him.
Too much of what he said and stands for was and is, in my belief, not aligned with the teachings of Jesus. Especially when Jesus said to learn about what is meant by “I desire mercy, not sacrifice”.
That doesn’t mean I blindly support Democrats. They have plenty that’s not aligned with Christian teaching as well.
I do believe that we need to use our minds. We need to own our faith. Know why we believe what we believe about our faith. And try our best to live accordingly.
The Bible tells us:
Mt 22:37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Yes – our minds. If we love God, we must use our minds and follow Jesus’ teachings. Not blindly follow the “teachings” of any political candidate.