We are, without doubt, living in a new normal; covid-19 isolation, blindness to racial discrimination, people generally resistant to medical advice, increasing incidencents of rogue police, increasing divisiveness across our country, an extended surge of street demonstrations, lack of official accountability for racial murder, lack of congressional and White House leadership, rampid tone deafness, fear of color, and a hardened lack of empathy.
Our country is tearing itself apart. Some are appalled while some are cheering. We appear helpless to solve recurring injustices because in our rush to ‘out God’ from our hedonistic society, we have thrown out common decency of rendering justice, showing mercy and walking humbly. Our forefathers, while not always correct in their worldview, generally did not confuse politics with faith, as demonstrated in the Constitution. We have done two things: substituted politics for faith and instead of actively “In God We Trust” have gone to “In Political Person We Trust.”
I would agree with Dr. Carl Ellis, Jr.: “Anyone who allows their politics to drive their faith is an idol worshiper. I will put it straight like that. The Kingdom of God is not determined by politics.” As Christ-followers we are to be marching to a different drummer. Our words and actions are not to be shaped by the current wind of politics but by the Word of God. We should be listening to Jesus speaking and not listening to and expounding political sound bites.
No matter which side of the political fence we reside, when we rush blindly after a political candidate, listening only to what we want to hear, we are going to be pimped by his politics. We are going to compromise what God says about the principles of justice, mercy and humility. We are going to promote some human standard over God prescribed standard. The reality of our words and actions driven by politics will show whether we are behaving Coram deo.
The prophet Micah said this:
“He has shown you,
O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?’
[Micah 6:8 NKJV]
The kingdom of this world is defined by ideology. The Kingdom of God is defined by theology [what God tells us]. The Christian who tries to straddle the fence will be disappointed every time. “Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish.” [Psalms 146:3-4 NKJV]
In this new normal in which we live, ‘be wise as serpants’ and remember “holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house.”
[Hebrews 3:1-2 NKJV]