Much ado about nothing, why politics can never save
By Kyle Patterson
We spend a lot of time reading, listening, and hearing about politics. The news media covers the president and those in elected office like white on rice. Their lives are out in the public for all to examine and watch. That’s part of the territory. I believe Christians need to be engaged in the world, it’s one of the reasons I started Logos Post in the first place. I wanted to encourage Christians to be salt and light in a world that needs their influence. That influence can’t stay in the church, like leaven it needs to work through the whole dough, meaning all of society needs Christ.
Some Christians though, I humbly suggest, have put our hope in the power of politics to save and reform our nation. We’ve thought if we can pass more laws and have more influence in politics, our nation can be changed. We’ve taken an outward in approach to attempt to make lasting change. It reminds me in a way of what happened when God introduced the law to Israel. They became law breakers. Romans tells us sin springs to life and we die when we know the law.
So the fact that people resist the law and rebel against God is proving the word of God true. Not that it’s ok, we need to contend and believe for breakthrough and repentance. But heart change can only come through the work of Christ’s Holy Spirit renewing our hearts with the truth of God’s word.
So supporting and praying for our elected officials is absolutely essential, yes. We need to be prayerful and engaged with what’s happening in our world. When millions of babies are being aborted every single year, we need to speak up. When a small handful of people are trying to sway public opinion and redefine what makes a family, we need to speak up. Laws being passed affect us on a daily basis. But ultimately we must come back to the root that our hope is in Christ and our home is in eternity. The kingdom of God works within a man, in the heart and changes us deeply. Politics is outward, Christianity is inward, from the heart, affecting deep and lasting change in the core of who we are.
I think this is why Jesus rebuked the Pharisees so strongly. They were so concerned with the outward observance of rules and regulations that they missed him entirely, crucifying the Son of God. So let’s remember to be engaged in the process, but let’s not forget where our true hope is, and where real lasting change comes from.