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!