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Politics Won’t Save the World

On my Facebook profile, when asked to state my political views, I simply put, “If I thought politics could save the world, I wouldn’t be a Pastor.” I’m just not that into it.

Plenty of people will read this and assume I don’t care. It’s not that I don’t care, I care deeply. I vote. I sometimes contact people in Washington about an issue (though it’s rare). But I don’t have much hope that government can really save society. Why? Well in a discussion with a friend by email, I replied with these lines…

Corruption is the inevitable result of people with power over other people. No matter the system, when human beings run it, self-interest gets served.

That’s why I keep looking for Jesus, who never desired to have power over people. He even rejected the opportunities time and again. Instead He demonstrated power under people – serving them, encouraging, healing, and lifting them up.

If only politicians, health care workers, and industry executives all thought this way.

Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and most other political parties have this one trait in common: we don’t want to lose to the other side. Is this always because of our ideals? I think I’m a little cynical about that possibility. And here’s the reason why I’m so cynical – I’m human. I’m a sinner, and if I were in charge, I’d mess it up too.

This is one of the reasons why I’m a big believer in small government. All governments, run by human beings, will eventually become corrupt. Am I an anarchist? Absolutely not. The Bible is clear that government is God-ordained to keep civility in the land. But beyond protection of the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, I don’t want government doing much else in my life.

I’m not anti-big government because of a party platform. Democrats and Republicans both believe in big government once they’re in office. I simply believe that government won’t save the world.

What will save the world? Jesus will.

We need for people to embrace Jesus, the One who practically ignored government (aside from paying taxes and submitting to every law of the land) and faced the cross (which happened, in small part, because of the cooperation of two corrupt governments) so that He could pay the penalty of our sins.

Jesus made a difference for people, changed their lives, and did the most awesome and life-changing thing He could do for humanity.

If I thought politics could save America, I’d be a politician. But I’m a Pastor because I still believe that Jesus and His cross can change hearts, and local churches full of passionate believers led by bold Pastors happens to be the biggest answer to America’s situation.

So let’s plant more Bible-believing churches.
Let’s pray for God to call more workers into His harvest.
Let’s spread the gospel.
Let’s use the resource of the local church to make a real difference where government never can.

I have my political views, I just don’t want you to miss my bigger message because of a difference over secondary matters. Jesus saves. And He’s the only One who does so eternally!

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  • Kerrie Smith

    Wooo, amen to this one!!! I’m not sure how to comment on this except to say that I’m glad I can’t change the world either. Ha, I wouldn’t change anything; I would just make it worse than it is myself. But, you know what? I still believe that with all its problems, America is still the best country to live in and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I’m thankful for everything I have, even if it’s not everything I want, but it’s not about me, it’s about Jesus who paid it all. I’m reminded of that old hymn “jesus Paid it All.” I don’t get much into politics either, even though I have my views as well. Hmm, I better check and see if I made any mistakes before I send this one because I got all excited while writing this.

    • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

      Glad for the excitement!

  • http://willtaft.com Will

    Your headline says it all. The interesting thing is that whether someone agrees or disagrees with everything in this post, the headline still rings true. The other interesting thing about this post is the many different contexts “saved” can be interpreted in. Good post.
    .-= Will´s last blog ..Another Reason For Political Distrust =-.

    • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

      I agree. Saved spiritually… financially and economically… etc. etc. It still works.

  • http://alwaysabounding.org Chris

    Amen Brandon. I had some similar thoughts in a blog post during the Presidential election

    * God’s word never returns void. – Political talking points always return void.
    * The gospel appeals to men’s souls, which are ever-present. – Political ideas appeal to logic, which is rarely present.
    * Witnesses deal with individuals. – Politicians address the masses.
    * Salvation is absolute and complete. – Legislation is compromised consensus.
    * The Bible stands the test of time. – Men’s ideas fade and change.
    * Ministries rely on the power of God. – Political movements rely on the momentum and initiative of men.
    * Truth cuts to the heart. – Political speech lingers on the surface.

    Keep preaching, praying and laboring to win men to Him!

    Chris

    • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

      Dead on, Chris! It’s the heart and soul of a person that matters, for eternity!

  • http://drayburn.wordpress.com Dusty Rayburn

    Amen! All earthly things will pass away. The only constant, only Heavenly Things are worth our efforts and struggles.
    History is full of kingdoms that have risen and fallen.

    Do we vote? Yes. Do we participate in our government? Yes. Do we give government proper respect? Most certainly. Do we base our faith and our life on our Government decrees? By no means.

    If you study the Bible, you will constantly run across examples of God’s people being subject to governments up until the point that it restricted or contradicted their faith. We need to be about God. Let’s stop wasting so much effort on making government holy and spend more effort in making our lives holy in spite of government.
    .-= Dusty Rayburn´s last blog ..Hope =-.

    • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

      Right there with ya, Dusty!