For a while, at least.
My mother’s comment, “I’ve had it with you kids, now be nice or I’m going to get out the paddle if you don’t!” came to mind as I was reading someone’s Facebook wall. There, right in front of my eyes, was a vulgar, racist reference on a new friend’s wall.
That’s why I had had it. I needed a break, but more importantly, I needed a break to do a deep dive into God’s word to refresh my head and replace the mental mush that I was engaged with that was slowing my Godly progress with better stuff.
At issue: Discussions about politics. But reading a few other articles and Facebook posts, it’s becoming a free for all rather than having discussions and debates over issues.
It’s about politics versus policies versus principles. It’s “I am right” not “what is right” from God’s viewpoint.
The definition of politics is, “the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.
Reading this article, These Conservative Christians Are Opposed to Trump—and Suffering the Consequences, I read things that were disheartening. Since when do we threaten people’s livelihood, whether boycotting their business as customers or their jobs as employers?
But our American politics should be based on our policies. Right politics should be based on right policies, and that means understanding the American form of government. If you want to know why our founding fathers chose this form of government, read 1 Sam 8:10-22 to see what a king, or a tyrannical government or organization, will do to those under their care.
Policies are those things that written down to help govern our behaviors. Whether they are laws or regulations by government, or business policies which outline how it’s culture is to function toward it’s customers and vendors, to church doctrines or policies on what the local body of Christ all agrees to abide by.
At the heart of both politics and policies are the principles we are to life by which are to run our lives.
But our policies should be based on our principles. Right policies should be based on right principles, and that means understanding how our policies are derived from our right principles.
At the heart of our politics and policies is our theology. How we define our theology defines our philosophy which affects our policies and politics.
Mat 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ “This is the great and foremost commandment. “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Click on the word depend and see what Thayer’s Greek Lexicon states about the word depend: “the teaching of the O.T. on morality is summed up in these two precepts” (a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought).
Get our principles wrong, and our government, organization, church, and our individual policies and politics will be wrong.
The right principles: Love God and love your neighbor AS yourself.
Next time you want to get a little potty mouth toward someone, ask yourself: Am I loving God and my neighbor as myself?
1 Pet 4:8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.