This blog normally does not enter into the discussion of current politics. When politics has been covered, it usually involves the first-century decision by the religious leaders to choose the worldly conventional status quo over following Jesus of Nazareth (Jn. 10:47-48)…which produced a catastrophic outcome forty years later in 70 A.D. with the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman general Titus and his army (Mt. 24:2).
Politically I am a conservative Democrat. I believe Christians want the least interference from our government while providing the most help possible to its people through social programs that mitigate the extreme edges of poverty, inequality, and despair. I think there is a sweet-spot of wise laws that provides just the right balance between guidance, stability, and opportunity without interfering in our lives and not spending too much of the tax-payer’s money. Every four-way street crossing does not need a traffic signal…but some do if we are going to provide safety, fairness, and common sense for the people living in our communities…rural and urban.
Christian foreign missionaries operating in third-world countries often complain about the dilemma of having to provide both material assistance and the spiritual gospel of salvation at the same time…and posing the very real question as to which comes first…solving the debilitating material poverty before even being able to offer the positive gift of salvation…or starting with saving grace through faith in Christ and then attacking the specific ills that keep people in poverty and worldly-challenging despair…all while working with finite and limited physical and financial resources.
I believe the gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ is uninhibited and can break-through in any political, economic, and social environment (Mt. 24:7-14)…as individual repentance and the recognition of our need to accept Christ can occur for natives living in the deepest regions of the Amazon rainforest, and for powerful and successful people living in the most affluent countries in the world (Jn. 19:38-42).
We have as our biblical model the growth of the early Christian church in Jerusalem in the most hostile environment imaginable. The bold, fearless, and uncontainable enthusiasm that sprang up in Jerusalem following the resurrection of Jesus Christ…over-powered and overcame the political and religious resistance to the “new way” of Christianity that was fueled and energized by the stronger force of the Holy Spirit.
I see the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States in 2016 as a canary in the coal mine…as the inevitable result of the vertical graph-line continuum of goodness and light…with absolute goodness and brilliant pure light at the top…and worldly conventional normalcy and thinking somewhere down this spectrum line where light and darkness are mixed and intermingled.
God-composed journeys of faith such as Abraham and Sarah’s wait for the birth of Isaac the son of promise, Joseph’s unique preparation to become governor of Egypt during a great famine, the incredibly unconventional calling of Moses to deliver the Israelites from bondage in Egypt and to lead them through their wilderness experience to the Promised Land of Canaan, David’s difficult apprenticeship to becoming king in Israel…and on and on throughout the narrative stories of faith in the Bible…all occur higher up the vertical graph-line spectrum of goodness and light…far above the zone of worldly conventional normalcy and thinking below.
In the zone of worldly conventional normalcy many good works occur. In this zone is where “occupy till I come” (Lk. 19:13) is found. But also in this sphere is found self-sufficiency and self-sovereignty in rebellion against God. In this sphere is found prejudice, hate, and the self-centeredness of “me, myself, and I.”
The point of this blog post is simply to say that at the confluence of increasing automation in the manufacturing industries, the disparity in wages in developed counties and third-world countries, our shrinking world in this age-of-information, and human greed…the inevitability of the zone of worldly conventional normalcy and thinking at some point in time has to catch up with humanity’s pride sitting on top of our thrones of self-reliance…and expose our inability to function as junior gods in charge of our world and our destinies.
The desperation seen in the American electorate to choose someone clearly unqualified experientially and temperamentally to head-up the leading nation on earth…based mostly on the promise to solve the problem of job-stability located squarely in the middle of worldly conventional normalcy and thinking…should be a tip-off that the world is already at the place of being vulnerable to the entry on the world scene of the antichrist of Daniel chapters 7 and 8, and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12.
With the birth of the nation of Israel in 1948, the current regime changes and instability in the Arab nations in the Middle East, and the rise in power of Iran and Russia…any changes in the political wind on the world scene should get the attention of Spirit-born Christians to have their eyes wide open and their spiritual ears in-tune to the events that must very soon accelerate into the end-times that are prophesied in the Bible to occur.