“Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stands in the way of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of scoffers;”
Last night President Trump had a rally in Minneapolis. I’ll be honest, I didn’t watch it, nor did I read anything except a couple of headlines leading into it. So, I’m pretty ignorant of the event. What I did see was that the Mayor of Minneapolis had initially ordered that hired event police could not wear their Minneapolis uniforms. I don’t know if that ended up being enforced. Then, I saw that he had tried to stop the event because of the cost. Then, there was a giant balloon of a naked, diapered baby Trump perched atop of a gay bar overlooking the Target Center. I don’t know this, but I’m sure there were lots of protesters as well. I’m sure there were cases of inappropriate dialogue between the protesters and the attendees.
You tell me, is all this getting better or worse? I think it’s been getting progressively worse, and I don’t see any change in sight. Makes me think about the armies that faced Israel. How many times did God have them turn on themselves and completely destroy one another? Could that happen in the United States?
Now, before one starts to either cheer or get mad about the rally, stop to consider something. Have you ever even thought that a President wasn’t welcome in your hometown? I’m guilty. Yup. I most certainly have disrespected the office of the President in both my thoughts and words.
I’m commanded to be holy. That means set apart from the rest of the world. People should be able to tell a difference between my behavior and that of the rest of the world. Am I any different if I’m disgusted with those who oppose MY president while at the same time act the same way towards THEIRS?
Then again, is there ANY president that I should consider allegiance to? Did Jesus ever consider himself a subject of the Roman government? Did the apostles? Or did they simply live within – yet apart from – a system of government? It seems to me that they were looking at a far different picture than politics.
Abortion and religious liberty are probably two of the biggest governmental issues for evangelical Christians. Is it necessary to be “part of the world” to fight these battles? Do I have to become “political” in order to effect change? Don’t get me wrong, abortion is the biggest scourge this nation has faced. I wish it were ended completely. However, there seem to be just as many who are bent on promoting it as there are who want it destroyed. Do you see what I’m getting at? We’re fighting evil by using tools of this world.
It seems to me that there are lessons for us in our bibles. What do we see?
2 Chronicles 20:15, 17, 22-23 And he said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but Gods….You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.”…. And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed. For the men of Ammon and Moab rose against the inhabitants of Mount Seir, devoting them to destruction, and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they all helped to destroy one another.
Ephesians 6:10-13, 18-20 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the authorities, against the rulers, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm….praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
1 Timothy 2:1-7 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
I’m not telling you what to do. I’m sharing my own struggle with all of this and trying to let scripture guide my thoughts and actions. I have come to understand that politics isn’t the answer. To look at God AND politics to solve problems is denying God. Either I trust Him, or I don’t. Either I stand firm, or I don’t.
Each of us face the same decision. Maybe God has you destine to run for political office? Who am I to argue against that? I do know that government has a strict code of conduct divided by two political parties. I don’t know how someone can keep from either becoming part of the “system” or being devoured by it.
Father, I don’t see any solution besides you. Amen.
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