The Political climate in America and the nations of the world is more “supercharged’ than I have witnessed in my lifetime.
In this current presidential administration, on top all the other political and world crisis, we have been “hit” with a pandemic and racial wars. Neither of which seem to show signs of waning any time soon.
Political group against political group. Ethnic group against ethnic group. Pro-COVID-19 advocates against the anti-COVID-19 camp. Conspiracy group against conspiracy group. Rebellion against law and order, and everything representing authority. As well as the abuse of authority and, the neglect of justice, and law and order designed to protect a nation, and its citizens.
The local and world news as well as the constant chatter of people perpetually feed into the fears, and the chaos of the world. And if this is not disconcerting enough these ardent political world views, rebellion, and chaos of the world have entered into the personal space of many of our homes and churches dividing friends and family like never before.
How can any of this division serve a Godly purpose?
God’s Sword of Division
The truth and controversy of who Christ was, and why God sent Him in the New Testament caused many to be offended. Mostly the keepers of the law. Those being controlled by the political spirit. And it was through this offense of Christ Jesus that the political spirit would be unveiled among the leaders, and many of the people of Jesus’s day.
Controversy about who Jesus was, why He came, and who sent Him. What was his mission? The Jews desired an earthy kingdom to overthrow Roman rule. The Romans feared that Jesus’s leadership could do just that.
Now I am by no means comparing any political candidate to Jesus Christ. God forbid.
But I am comparing the political climate of Jesus’s day to the political climate we are now experiencing. Jesus came to bring such a divisive climate because He knew it would reveal the hearts of men and women. It would show them where their priorities were set. On an earthly kingdom or on the Kingdom of God.
He warned them that the spiritual and political climate around them was a foretelling of the last days, and just as they were able to discern the weather, they should have been able to discern the times they were living in (see Luke 12:54-56). Luke 12:52-53, foretells a time once again when:
“. . . five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three. Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
Jesus Christ came to bring a sword of division among them (see Luke 12:51).
What does Jesus’s sword do? It reveals what is hidden in people, and their agendas because it cuts into the “heart of the matter” (see Heb 4:12).
This is really all that God cares about. Those things hidden in the heart (see 1 Sam 16:7). How many un-Godly, un-Christian, entirely earthly minded viewpoints festering in the hearts of people have we seen unveiled in this political climate? This includes our very own hearts as well. Some of these revelations have been surprising, hurtful, and angering.
Unfortunately, for some these revelations are opportunistic causing them to mirror and incite the hatred, lack of peace, deception or lost state of their own hearts. These people live to provoke, and find pleasure and power in discord rather than making peace. And the even sadder part is that many of them wear a Christian label.
Discerning the Times
Biblically speaking one day equals one thousand years. Since Old Testament times, to the days of Jesus and beyond there are prophecies regarding the end times and the return of Jesus. I don’t know if we are in the last hours of the last days. But all the signs point to us surely being in the last days. We have been here for a long time now, and so we are most certainly closer to the last hours than we were, say, 2000 years ago.
Can you discern the times of this last days political environment we are living in now? Or are you too caught up in a candidate or political point of view to notice? Are you like the people of Jesus’s time expecting a man to change the world by a political means? Jesus was both God and man. But it was not the man side of Him that would be our Savior. It was the total yielding of His humanity to God that caused Him to become the Savior of the world.
And it will be the yielding of our entire selves to Jesus along with all our points of view (be they right, wrong, good, bad or indifferent) that will save the people and the things we hold most dear to us.
Not a political spirit that puts a partisan point of view over people, and a temporary, earthly kingdom over the eternal Kingdom of God.
Assess Your Political Climate
The same sword that cuts us to the quick, it is also the same sword which will heal us if we allow Him to.
Jesus who is the WORD of God, much like the knife of a skilled surgeon knows how to wield His sword, and what to cut out of our hearts.
Read and reflect on the points below to help you rate your own inward political climate. See where it is you may need to ask Jesus to do surgery on your heart so that you will not operate under a political agenda fueled by a political spirit as they did in Jesus’s time.
Political Climate Bullet Point
Read these points from an introspective point of view. If you see yourself in any of these repent, and ask God to bring truth and balance to your political climate.
- Do you talk more about politics than you do the Kingdom of God and family?
- Do opposing viewpoints expressed by others take your peace away?
- Do you find avoiding political and social viewpoints altogether the only way to reconcile them in your heart and mind?
- Is it difficult or impossible for you to have a courteous healthy debate?
- Do you feel the need to debate every issue you disagree with?
- Do you shift your heart and point of view according to the people you are around?
- Have you lost touch with WHO, and what is most relevant in this world, and the world to come?
- Have you lost perspective of the fact that we are in a spiritual battle in every arena including politics, and that we wrestle not with flesh and blood? See Ephesians 6:12.
- Are you “thrilled” about this upcoming election just because you are competitive, you “like a good fight,” and you “can’t wait to see your side win?”
- Do you use political debate as a means to release misplaced anger and anxiety or to try fill a void in your life?
- Does something inside or you enjoy taking “potshots” at people?
- Have you failed to put earthy works to your spiritual faith where politics and social issues are concerned?
- Are you consumed with watching the news? Do you feel depressed after watching the news?
- Do you find that you have strong feelings of dislike or hatred for the opposing side?
- Do you hide or deny your dislike and hatred? Or are you extremely overt in your dislike and hatred?
- Do you believe that injustice makes all anger righteous and justifiable?
- Or do you believe that injustice should never be confronted with righteous anger?
- Is it impossible for you to pray for the other side?
- Do you pray for the other side?
- Do you pray for your president, king, queen or prime minister as Scripture commands? See Hebrews 13:17.
- Do your pray for your enemies, and those who persecute you? See Matthew 5:43.
- Do you feel there are exceptions to God’s word where vigilante justice is concerned? Do you really believe vengeance belongs to God? See Deuteronomy 32:35.
- Do you put political viewpoints over Godly empathy and compassion for people?
- Are you hiding your lack of Godly love behind a political platform?
- Have you put allegiance to “country” above God and souls? This includes all souls. Yes, even the ones behaving in unrighteous ways.
- Do you feel as if someone else’s bad behavior gives you an excuse to not walk in Godly love or to be discourteous?
- Is a spirit of pride preventing you from receiving good and Godly advice from others?
- Do you make excuses for not practicing Godly behavior in this current political climate?
ONLY WHAT WE DO FOR CHRIST AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL LAST.
So amid our engagement in this election season for America, and all the other elections seasons throughout the nations. Yes, let us continue to love of both God and country. But as believers our goal is not to raise a campaign banner with the name of a man, a woman or a nation on it.
The most important banner we can raise as believers says:
“The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and HE shall reign for ever and ever” (Rev 11:15).