Kissing Jesus

christianity & politicsI’ve often heard the U.S. called a democracy, and I probably have done the same. It’s not. It’s a republic—one with elected representatives. And though in a fit of patriotism you and I might declare it to be the best country on earth, there are two words that mitigate my enthusiasm. “On earth.” Part of the problem with earthly rulers is that they must concern themselves with public opinion, and the masses are often wrong. The problem with “majority rules” is that the majority (and minority) is afflicted with a cancer called sin.

Disappointment with government is a consequence of living in a fallen world.

So whether your favorite political structure is a democracy (majority rule), a republic (elected representatives listening to the cacophony of the people), or some sort of autocracy (easily corrupted by dictatorial madmen), government will always disappoint you at some point. It’s the consequence of living in a fallen, corrupted world.

That’s why it’s better to swear allegiance to God, to bow before King Jesus, to claim citizenship in heaven (Phil. 3:20). The New Testament calls us to pray for our political leaders, to honor them, and submit to them as long as doing so does not violate God’s law. But though the New Testament world was foreign to the American ideal of free speech, it nonetheless counsels Christians to avoid “foolish, ignorant controversies” (2 Tim. 2:23).

Take my advice: distance yourself from the toxic political conversations so in vogue in our day. All political leaders will disappoint you, Republicans and Democrats alike. Spend more time kissing Jesus (Psa. 2:12) and declaring his dominion (Dan. 7:14).

I promise you will be a happier person.

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