KevinH: On Faith and Politics
Yet I seemingly find myself addressing them in one fashion or another.
Maybe I am a glutton for punishment.
This election season is very difficult to ignore with the constant and prominent news on the subject along with the proliferation on social media like we’ve never seen before. Perhaps I, too, need to take a vacation from media.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the concerns of taking our country back for God and the “Christianity” of America.
I suppose when I finish writing here, many of my conclusions will be the same. Consummated in the fact that our ultimate hope and assurance is in God, not our country.
But I do have concerns for America.
I do love my country and I am troubled about its future. America has been gifted with much material wealth and prosperity and the freedoms to live life mostly as one chooses and desires, at least relative to many other cultures and times. Many great things have been accomplished by many great people in this nation, both individual achievements and collective achievements. The land itself is just so beautiful and magnificent. Maybe others know better, but I do not know of any other country that has such a diverse majesty of landscapes and natural wonders.
In addition, when one studies world history, I would think one would be hard-pressed to find another nation or empire that has wielded as great of power and has been more gracious and generous with it and abused it less than has the United States of America. Yes, there are some ugly black marks in our country’s history. I am not ignorant of them. Some I wrote about in my previous article. But again, this study is all relative. Compared to all the great powers in our world’s history, it is hard to find one who was/is better than America in these regards overall.
I don’t want to see my country lose these things. I don’t want to see it go downhill. I don’t want America to become impoverished. I don’t want Christians to someday have to choose between their faith or going to jail. I don’t want it to become a moral morass. Where one “will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.” (Sorry, Stars Wars moment.) Not so much for myself, but for my children. And for their children. I sometimes shudder to think what society may be like for them.
In many ways, it is probably inevitable. World history tells us as much. America as a prosperous world power will only last so long. The interconnectedness of our global society today adds even further challenges. Many signs point towards the vulnerability of our country.
This current election season really makes me concerned. The two leading candidates to become our next president truly make me question the mindset of the people of this nation. One is a man who leads with ridicule and vulgarity and disrespect and has a life full of all sorts of immoral behavior that he is proud of it in many ways. The other is a woman whose life and career is jam packed with lies and cover-ups and scandals. A woman who has consistently done and said whatever she believes she has to in order to gain political power and position and cover with no regard for those she needs to step on to do so.
Now, I usually have misgivings around just about any political candidate and rarely get excited about any one of them. They all have their issues. But these two are an extreme. Is this really the best we can do? Are we really saying that we’re okay with people of this character leading our country? A person’s character is not the only qualification for the presidency. But it should mean something. Shouldn’t it?
Once again I am brought to the understanding that our hope is not in this world. That we are not guaranteed to live comfortable lives. That we can expect trials and tribulations and persecution. We have been fortunate to live in a country with relatively good wealth and freedoms and standards. Spoiled in many ways. It may not always stay that way. I just wish it could. Not just for myself, but all the more so for my children and their children and their children’s children and all there after.
But our hope is in the living God.
Our hope is in the salvation He grants us and in knowing that someday He is going to set all things right and make all things new.
Lord, help us to stay centered on you who is eternal, and in living our lives in the way you would have us to, not on the conditions of this world which are only temporal.