A Short Reflection on Politics

Posted Nov 14, 2022 by Ray Patrick
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The whole system of my politics is summed up in this one verse: “The LORD reigns! Let the nations tremble!” (Psalm 99:1)

I tremble for my nation when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep for ever.

In the United States, the 2022 midterm elections have recently ended. Historically, the party of the incumbent President usually suffers a loss of their hold on the legislature during the midterms, particularly if - as is now the case - he is an unpopular President who is serving his first term during an economic downturn. Based on this precedent, many predicted a “red wave,” or landslide realignment of legislative power towards the Republican party. This would have occurred as a reaction against the current administration. However, it turns out this prediction has largely gone unfulfilled. Many theories explaining the lack of a “red wave” have been advanced, some of which include:

Whatever the cause, the facts are plain. The Democrats still control the Senate, and the House will be gridlocked at best, pending the results from some very tight races.

The Only Political Question Worth Asking

Are you placing undue trust in your government?

Are your hopes dashed when “your guys” fail to win enough seats? Have you caught yourself thinking “If only we could ____, the country would get back on the right track?” If you fill in that blank with anything but “forsake all the vain pomp and glory of this world and seek God with all our heart, body, and mind,” then your plan to save the country is a complete non-starter. If you’re reading through the Bible with me this year, you’re probably in Ezekiel right now. Think of what you’ve read there and consider Tyre. Consider Egypt. Consider the Chaldees. Consider Babylon. Where are they now? Their empires crumbled to dust. Their once-vast territorial claims have been reduced to a few dusty pages of old books and the attentions of a few scholars. Such is the fate of all nations who forget God.

Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

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