l have decided it is time to remove myself from the politics of this society and consider starting a party of my own. Not that I have an ounce of desire to enter the political arena, but I truly don't fit anywhere anymore, and I'm tired of trying to wade through the name-calling, false information, and anger that populates politics in the world today. I've always been driven by a desire to figure out how the Word of God addresses the problems in our society. I used to think I had it all figured out, but, as I went through some very lean and challenging times that I never expected to face, it became very clear to me that most of the political rhetoric Christians spread is based on popular opinions more than a desire to get down to the basics of what God wants from us.
I think it is a huge mistake to expect that, just because we get a law on the books, God is pleased with us, and somehow His blessings will flow. I love this country deeply, and I love the freedom I have, and I do understand it was bought with a very high price. But, I don't think God is particularly pleased when Christians act hatefully toward people they don't agree with.
And I don't think God looks at the US in the way he did at Israel, the way some Christians seem to think. The Israelites were his chosen people. He blessed that nation tremendously because His seed would come through them. He lead their kings and rulers, as much as they allowed Him to. He made covenants with them.
The United States is not Israel. And I worry it is presumptuous of Christians to make claims as if this is the only nation God blesses. And it makes me crazy when Christians think having a lot of money equals a blessed life. Considering the fact that only 5.8 percent of the entire US population are millionaires, and I'm guessing many of them have little or no profession of faith in God, am I to believe they are the blessed ones? Ha. Nope.
We've got it wrong, and we get suckered in to what I suspect is a very evil trap every time we engage in name-calling, character-bashing and hatred hurled at other human beings. And don't try to tell me it's only the other party that does it, just read any social media thread that turns political. Insults are hurled by both sides. Intelligence is questioned and demeaned by members of both parties. And Christians, unfortunately, often lead the way. Somehow, we have gotten the idea that we are being persecuted when our political party isn't doing well, or that the loss of a candidate or a bill we wanted to pass means the end times are drawing near.
They may be, but, as a Christ Follower, I don't see anywhere in the Bible where it says to use the political scene in the United States to determine when God will return. What I do see are verses that say things like, "...give back to Caesar what is Caesar's, and give to God what is God's," and, "Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
We don't owe a political party or person or any other leader in particular our undying allegiance. Our hearts must first belong to God, and above everything else, we are to love Him with all we have and love our neighbors as ourselves. Politics, power, money, all those things are just distractions from our real purpose in life.
My ideal political party's platform would endorse unconditional love and acceptance for everyone. That doesn't mean unconditional free handouts forever and ever. It doesn't mean a free pass for every wrong behavior. It doesn't mean everyone must conform to only my way of life. It means first and foremost, it's my goal to love others. Then, it's my goal to show them their value and worth, and to help build them up to believe in themselves and gain the courage to find their rightful place in society. Nobody is better than anyone else. Nobody's life is worth more than any other.
Think about it, God looks down and sees souls. He sees pain and suffering. He sees hurtful words and actions. He sees dismissal and rejection. In my party, there would be no room for name-calling, and no place for hatred of any kind.
I just cannot imagine God and the angels in Heaven celebrating the kind of behavior we are subjecting ourselves to these days. Do we think they sound the trumpets whenever a Christian gets a good political zinger over someone else, and generates 1,000 "Likes"? Goodness, as if Coronavirus isn't enough of a challenge on its own.
I want to remind you that you are loved. You are valuable. Whatever you are facing, I'm praying right beside you for it. There is always hope for things we haven't yet seen. God promises He will turn evil for good, He will never leave you, and He wants the absolute best for you. Beloved friends, I hope you join me in my quest to reject the accepted approaches to problems in this world! It's not about defeating the other party. It never has been, and that outlook never should have been accepted. It's about uniting in love and unshakable faith, and working together to make sure nobody gets left behind and that we are spreading God's love and light and life everywhere we go.
I love you, My Friends!