The False God of Politics

When King David ruled over all of Israel, one of the many Psalms he wrote included this verse: “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.” (Psalm 146:3-4 NIV)

On Election Night last month, some TV anchors and commentators were already speculating over who would run for president in 2024 and beyond. No one ever raises the possibility that because politics and politicians have failed so miserably to solve the problems that confront us we might be placing our faith in the wrong people and a wrong place, such as Washington, D.C. It is like those false gods of wood and stone we read about in the Old Testament. They had eyes that could not see; ears that could not hear; mouths that could not speak and lacked the power to do whatever was asked of them.

Our politics is like them. Politicians can’t, or are incapable of solving most problems, but many continue to place their faith in them.

The Christmas season offers an annual opportunity to push the reset button and consider a better way, a way

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