I struggle with these issues. So often I’m torn in two different directions. On the one hand, the government should lie in the bed that it has made. On the other hand, that’s not always what’s best for America. It’s similar to training a child. How do you let them learn their lesson without hurting themselves. All I know is that I’m tired of the fighting, the nitpicking, the inaction, the overreaction, and the blame game. I have never seen more clearly than as a history teacher that everything old is new again. We are at such extremes that we have forgotten that God’s Truth is somewhere in the middle.
Republicans are wrong, Democrats are wrong. We are all wrong because we are SINNERS. It is impossible to create a set of human rules to govern a sinful people. Some one is always unhappy. Someone is always disenfranchised. Someone is always put in a higher position of power.
I wish our collective thought could be, “How can I be like Jesus? How can I change the world for the better? How can I fight injustice and poverty?” It’s so difficult to answer these questions because we politicize them. Our natural inclination is to argue about how to fight injustice or help the poor. Is it through capitalist market systems or government programs? Is injustice allowing the use of chemical weapons on civilians or rushing in to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves? Even then I am generalizing! It’s almost unavoidable.
I struggle with action. Or rather inaction. What can I do or not do? What is the right thing to do? How much is too much or too little? There’s a fine line.
As cheesy as it is, it brings me back to that famous question, “What would Jesus do?” That answer is not always easy. The question is often asked, “Would Jesus have been a Democrat or a Republican.” My guess would be a strong NEITHER.
My only hope is in a God who is sovereign. A God who allows us to make decisions, but maintains complete control over the universe. A God who sent his Son to pay for our decisions, because even our best decisions are imperfect and ruined by sin.
Our only hope is to look to the Throne above. The Ruler. The King. Before whom all nations, people, races, and yes, Democrats and Republicans, will someday bow.