But then there is a more sinister problem, that I too, am guilty of. It’s the problem of placing our trust and hope in the Republican party. It is an easy trap to fall into because of our values and the things that we hold dear. The Republicans come the closest to valuing the things we value. The Dem/Libs are so far out there that we would never consider voting for them. They are the party of death, and if we are Christians, we must hold to the party that at its core is fundamentally for life.
Even so, the Republican Party is still a political beast, and not a spiritual beast at all. We tell ourselves that if enough Christians are involved in the process, then we can control the beast and make it a spiritual entity as well. But alas, we are only fooling ourselves. The Kingdom of God is not made up of parties or representatives, but of the things of God. He is the One that is in control of all things. “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses” (Daniel 4:25).
O, that He would have kept it in Republicans’ hands. But He did not. For reasons known only to Him, He has passed the torch of control to those who are most opposed to Him, His Word and His people. I don’t know why, but I suspect that at least one of many reasons that He did so is so that we turn back to Him and trust in Him. Whenever the Christian is powerless and dependent upon Him, is when the Christian is most used by Him. No, the world will not notice us. They would be quick to stamp us into the ground, were they given the power to do so. But our greatest moment of opportunity comes when we are the weakest and most dependent upon Him.
No, this is not part of the health and wealth mentality that has taken the church by storm. This is the true Gospel. Only when we are on our knees in prayer, do we fully recognize our situation and level of control in this world. It is nothing. When we have victory, it is because of His hand. When we taste defeat, it is because of His hand. But in the process, He is working all things together for good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
God’s word doesn’t say all things are good, but He is capable of working all things together for good. I know for me, the best thing that can happen is that my eyes are taken off the political process and to focus on the Kingdom process. What is more lasting? His Kingdom, or our party? His Kingdom, therefore our work needs to be there. Our efforts need to be for the lost and those who are not yet a part of His Kingdom. This is where our focus needs to be. For when we win in this realm, when we see the lost come to know Him, then we have truly gained victory for that is one more soul that belongs to that which is everlasting. Yes, there will be struggles in this life, but there will also be victories. The victories found at the ballot box are fleeting. They will not last. They will pass away. But the victories found in Christ are eternal. They will last forever and have true meaning.
Let us use the salt on the wound, to drive us back to Christ, the Great Physician so that He may heal us and use us for His Kingdom. It is by far the better choice.