20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. (Romans 1:20–23 (NKJV)
Rejection and then substitution; this is what unregenerate humanity does with God. When the rule of God is ignored all that’s left is human corruption and hubris. This is why all human governments eventually end in failure.
Political corruption and arrogance has always existed but their magnitude in our time is unprecedented. It’s no longer isolated to just a few nations but is now global. And what is even more alarming is the ‘in your face’ display of this corruption as if no consequences exist. Like the blind leading the blind, reprobates lead other reprobates and as long as godless perverts elect other godless perverts into government office we can expect more idolatry, lawlessness and anarchy driven by a disregard for all moral restraint in the pursuit of personal gain under the guise of ‘what’s good for the public’. The ‘public’ turns out to be little more than tribes, special interest groups, self-defined minorities, so-called marginalized groups, dissidents, malcontents, anarchists etc. demanding that their particular agendas be addressed to the exclusion of others. They utter the slogan of “tolerance” like drugged devotees to an idol but, hypocritically, are intolerant of all who disagree with their warped views of reality. Public discourse, political debates, foreign policy are all fast approaching utter madness.
This madness is inevitable because the only viable standard of justice is the Judeo-Christian world-view given by God, sustained by God and revealed by God is prohibited as if it were criminal to think in such a way.
I, therefore, along with many others, have no faith in government, any government, to do what is just for its people, unless, of course, it is one that unreservedly embraces God’s laws and principles of governance. Someday, and sooner than we might think, just such a Government will be imposed upon the world requiring that every knee and every tongue confess the Lordship of a King who rules with absolute and perfect justice.
I must say that this is not an argument for disengaging from civic or political participation or discourse. It is simply to point out what’s really going on, that we shouldn’t be at all be surprised by the degeneracy we see. Should we think that somehow secular politics and reprobate politicians will be our allies in this project, then we are sadly mistaken.
So there should exist within Christianity a certain level of skepticism about, and antagonism towards, ungodly authority whether it be secular or religious. While the secular might not be surprising, the religious one might be. However, religious governance, that is churches, denominations, or other ecclesiastical entities, can be as corrupt as their secular counterparts. Just because leadership claims to be Christian doesn’t not make it so. Only the true Church, the Body of Christ, who’s Head is Jesus Christ is free from this. But now the wheat and the chaff remain intermixed until that great day when everything and everyone will be revealed for what it, or they, really are.
So, taking all this to heart provides a filter through the flapping gums of presidential political verbiage might be assessed. In spite of the corruption we can be confident that ultimately God decides who will lead nations in accordance with His inscrutable purposes in which I have full faith and confidence.
W. G. Ryzek