The Politics of Power
Tonight I was thinking about the idea Jesus states recorded in Scripture about being in but not of the world: “I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.” (John 17:14) I have had this feeling about withdrawing from the political game – the politics of power, personal destruction, fake faith, and general assumption by politicians that they can solve the world’s problems. As a Christian it seems that my witness needs to be more about how we can influence people toward changed lives – more thankful generous lives – lives of hope that act in love toward their neighbor. If we do that we have accomplished more than one thousand laws passed by congress.
I read the news but it depresses me. I discuss politics but we end up talking in circles. Jesus grasped the idea when he told us to render to Caesar what is Ceasar’s and to God what is God’s. Our life belongs to God – period. The hateful demeaning speech, the predatory sexual behavior, and the plethora of other abuses of power are all corrupting our country. How can irreligious, unethical, narcissistic, politicians govern a nation that is also becoming unmoored from a faith that informs our ethics? I don’t mean to suggest that we should retreat but that we should engage the world at a different level. Letting our faith guide us not towards ruling but being more like the leaven in the loaf. We can and should live out the principals of our faith – which should include more than a voting booth.