by Ben Kinchlow
There is an interesting phenomenon taking place regarding Washington,
D.C. On one hand, there is rejoicing, on the other, dismay. Some are distraught over the
quick resolution, while others bemoan the fact that it went on "so long". This
is part of the paradox of living in a free society. We often forget this valid
. "because I disagree with you does not necessarily mean I am right and
you are wrong, or visa versa. It just means we dont see the same set of facts the
It is for this reason that transcendent standards of right and wrong
are essential. Without "standards", a Biblical truth which forecasts chaos is
manifest in society
. "every man did that which was right in his own eyes".
People will only agree with you when you agree with them is clearly evident when we talk
to people about the two topics some have agreed never to discuss
politics. These deeply held beliefs or convictions which, though ostensibly separate, are
actually offshoots of the same root. A mans religion (or lack thereof) will be
reflected in his politics. In fact, you might say politics is the public expression of
ones private religion. Your view of "your God" will determine how you
treat your fellow man, and the treatment of the fellow man is articulated in the body of
rules, regulations, laws, minutiae, that are collectively referred to as government.
Politics (honorable, in the true sense of the word) is the public side
of government conducted by those whom, in our form of government, are elected to represent
the people. Consequently, "the views" (political/religious) of the current
ruling party (whichever that may be) are supposedly those of the majority of the
. government of the people, for the people, by the
The policies and procedures, and the laws and freedoms which contribute
to, and are supported by, public opinion and/or morality do, therefore, reflect the
presence or the absence of the God of the people. Politics and religion (in the true
Biblical sense of the word) are, therefore, inseparable.
The real tragedy in Washington is the fact that the "transcendent
truths" of right and wrong have been "transcended" by political expediency.
As a result, "truth" is no longer "truth", but an arranging of
information to meet the political expediency of the moment.
"So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a
distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be
." (Isaiah 59:14-15a)
To look at the current state of affairs, and the political climate of
America, one could draw from "in God we trust", a very warped perspective of the
God in Whom we trust. One might be inclined to think that truth, equity, verity,
integrity, and veracity are words that are not to be taken literally, but are figurative
in their application to everyday life. A legitimate position could be taken that such
words should only be used in religious documents or ancient historical documents which
have no practical value, and certainly no current modern applications. Consequently, a
promise should not be construed to imply any degree of permanence, and contracts are only
enforceable by the most proficient attorney in a lawsuit. Values should not be attached to
a mans word, and character should not at all be an issue in hiring individuals.
Based on present polls and public opinions (according to the press) one might reasonably
argue, therefore, that the God of the Bible really is not at all like the God of the
Bible, who demands truth, justice, integrity, and equity.
For a perfect summary of the state of affairs today, read Isaiah 59:1-15.