God’s Politics

I haven’t had much to say this election season. To be honest, I don’t know what to say. I feel like King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20:12 when he finished his desperate prayer with, “…we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”

Bono, the lead singer of U2, once said,

“The Left mocks the Right. The Right knows it’s right. Two ugly traits. How far should we go to try to understand each other’s point of view? Maybe the distance grace covered on the cross is a clue.”

In his book, God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get it, Jim Wallis writes,

“Abraham Lincoln had it right. Our task should not be to invoke religion and the name of God by claiming God’s blessing and endorsement for all our national policies and practices – saying, in effect, that God is on our side. Rather, Lincoln said, we should pray and worry earnestly whether we are on God’s side.”

If you re-read through the Old Testament books of Kings & Chronicles you will notice that both Israel and Judah endured good kings, wicked kings, and everything in between. What often goes unnoticed is this: God was never once not on His throne, totally sovereign, in complete control, “working all things together for the good of those who love him…”

This November’s election results will not catch God by surprise. On the night before he was crucified, Jesus comforted his anxious disciples with the following words:  “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” (Jn 14:1)

“….we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick