Politics is inherently a contest of divide and conquer. Logical discussion is rarely involved, and it hasn’t been a major factor at all during this century. Emotions rule the day and only the news that agrees with a predetermined viewpoint will be recognized. Any other source is declared to be fake news. This has been true for years, but just now we have a word for it. Yes, Buzzfeed has been to news what WWE is to Olympic wrestling from its beginning, but Buzzfeed was never a competitor to CNN. And yes. I’m choosing the low hanging fruit here.
Just imagine the irony when anyone proclaims any source to be fake news! This implies that there is true news, which implies that there is such a thing as objective and universal truth, which our culture rejects outright. With every accusation of fake news, we acknowledge that there is a truth, a binding truth, that every related statement can be compared to. There is a standard, and that standard is not me. That standard is God. And if you try to appeal to the word of God as you plead with someone, they are likely to reject the message. Often because they reject absolute truths. At least that’s what they will tell you if you press them and ask follow up questions.
Make no mistake. A political party is a jealous god that demands your loyalty in all facets of your life. If you identify first and foremost with a party, you will fall in line with all of the planks of that party platform. This will determine what news you accept and it will color your views in every topic. There is only one God who is worthy of such devotion. To give your worship, your hopes, your aspirations to a political party places yourself into a state where your response can only be to repent. Of what? Of idolatry.
From this we may gather that man’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols. Man’s mind, full as it is of pride and boldness, dares to imagine a god according to its own capacity; as it sluggishly plods, indeed is overwhelmed with the crassest ignorance, it conceives an unreality and an empty appearance as God.
John Calvin, Institutes, 1.11.8
I am not saying that Christians cannot be involved in politics or claim allegiance to a party. I am saying that any worldly loyalties must be secondary to our loyalty to the one true King. After all, the words written above the head of Jesus were “King of the Jews.” To state that Jesus is King is to make a political statement. Even today. To say that the Law of God is superior to the laws of men is a political statement. To long for the fulfillment of a kingdom not of this world is a political longing.
Christians are called to find their primary identity in Christ. If you are a Christian, Christ isn’t something you add to your life. If you are found in Him, Christ IS YOUR LIFE. (Colossians 3) And the way you behave will follow this. The way you vote will follow this. You will begin to love the things God loves and hate the things God hates. Proverbs 6:16-19
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. -Galatians 2:20
This video is not here by accident. I did set it to start playing at a point that will make sense if you give it a listen.