Thoughts on Politics
James Muffett, President of Citizens for Traditional Values
May 9, 2016
It seems that too many Christians place too much trust in politics and not in the Lord Himself. Jesus taught us that though we live in this world, we are not of this world. As President of an organization dedicated to good government, I want to explain why I am more engaged and at the same time less engaged than I have ever been.
First, we must remember that we are not electing a Messiah. We cannot put our trust in human beings. In God we trust, not in government or government leaders, policies or programs.
Our system is broken because the people who run the system along with the population as a whole are hopelessly broken. The gradual accumulation of wealth and political power in and around Washington, DC places too much of that power in the hands of big government, big business and big military in collusion with big Republican and big Democratic Parties.
When combined with our increasingly entertainment driven culture that is intent on a government-forced celebration of immorality we are left warring against each other while our sense of shared national identity continues to diminish. E pluribus Unum (from the many, one) seems to be degenerating into each faction and/or every individual for themselves. This has left us increasingly ungovernable.
We must remember, however, that government does NOT have the power to fix our broken, sinful human condition. Government is an important stewardship, but it is not the Kingdom of God. Think of it like a garden. A garden is not our salvation. It is not “all consuming.” A garden, if neglected will produce no good fruit. If tended properly, however, it can produce good things. Even then, it’s possible to do everything right and still have the whole thing destroyed by a hailstorm the day before the harvest. The moral of the story? Diligently tend the garden of politics as a God-given stewardship, but do not put your trust in anything—or any person—other than God Himself.
When it comes to campaigns, elections and governing, we should always participate, always be involved and always pay attention and do our best to choose the best available candidate. Maybe instead of merely voting for the “lesser of two evils,” we could pray to determine who is most likely to do the LEAST amount of harm. And give room for the conscience of those who disagree with our political choices. Everyone will give an account and we are not the final judge.
But we must always remember that whoever we elect will not save us. Salvation only comes from the Lord. And sometimes, as in the Old Testament example of Israel demanding a King, God gives us the leaders we deserve. Thankfully—and sometimes providentially—God can use even the most flawed individual to accomplish His purpose. By that standard everyone qualifies—even me.