I’ve been going through a bit of personal transformation over the past several months. It’s like a light bulb came on & illuminated the truth. For years, I’ve been obsessed with politics. This is a trend that has gripped much of American society, as evidenced by the fact that it’s virtually impossible to get on social media these days without seeing a bunch of posts about politics.
The truth that revealed itself to me:
True liberty will never be attained through politics.
This seems so blindingly obvious to me now, yet millions of people across America bicker endlessly over the ins-and-outs of our political process, which candidates or politicians are better, which policies will bring us one step closer to Utopia.
It’s all such a waste.
All we have to do to figure this politics thing out is to look back through human history. Even the best human governments going back to time immemorial have been corrupted by humans, eventually leading to their collapse. There isn’t a government on Earth today that won’t eventually either have to undergo a massive transformation, or collapse under its own weight.
Even the early nation of Israel – a nation led by the Prophets of God – eventually caused its own collapse. The people had been led out of Egypt, miraculously crossing the Red Sea, and were lead to the Mountain by a divine column of cloud by day and fire by night, but all it took was Moses spending a little bit of time up on the mountain before the people decided that enough was enough, and they cast their own god out of gold.
God’s chosen people stumbled repeatedly, constantly tripping over the prevailing culture. In 1 Samuel, we see that as the prophet Samuel got older, he turned to his sons to help him govern the people…but his sons were corrupt, and the people wouldn’t put up with it.
“Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.”
-1 Samuel 8:5b, NLT
God was very clear about what this represented: the people had turned away from Him, looking for other humans to save them.
“Do everything they say to you,” the LORD replied, “for they are rejecting me, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer. Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment. Do as they ask, but solemnly warn them about the way a king will reign over them.”
-1 Samual 8:7-9, NLT
How are we any different today? During the 2016 election cycle, Donald Trump showed an understanding of evangelical Christianity that could best be described as mediocre, yet American evangelical leaders, and the community at large, rallied around him. Some of the language they used at the time was fairly disturbing, as though American Christians were looking to Donald Trump to be the Jesus that would save them from the “hell” of another Clinton presidency.
And likewise, many Democrats across America have spent considerable time and energy shrieking at the evils of Donald Trump (sometimes literally).
It’s all rather entertaining, particularly so because these two sides don’t realize how similar they are. In the end, they’re both just looking to politicians for a savior.
But the truth becomes more & more obvious by the day. Politics isn’t about solutions, it’s about orthodoxy. The R and D orthodoxies aren’t about doing anything good for Americans – that’s just the false promise they tell us all during campaign season. 99% of politics is about the powerful perpetuating their own power. True liberty is only found by stepping outside of their orthodoxy.
Corruption has been a part of human governments for as long as there have been human governments. Even “God-led” governments, such as the theocratic early nation of Israel, fell into corruption over & over again.
Freeing yourself takes a lot of self-examination. You have to look over your own beliefs and question each and every one. But the part of the process that takes real guts is this: when you find that one of your beliefs is invalid, you have to get rid of it.
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
In the coming weeks, I’ll get more in-depth as to how this has revolutionized my life. For now, just know this: Orthodoxy was made to be questioned…and sometimes, even changed.