When Politics Become an Idol.
The story of the woman caught in adultry in the Bible.. you know, the one where the Pharisees want to stone her because of her sin...
It’s always been one of my favorites.
Not because she was almost stoned, but because of how Jesus comes to her rescue.
And how He reminds the Pharisees that they have no place to condemn her.
I can’t help but think of this image as I look at our country right now.
Everyone’s screaming so loud at the other side, stones in hand, wanting hit the ones in “the wrong”.
I just wonder where Jesus would stand in all the screaming if He were here.
I wonder what He would do.
Do you think, like with the women caught in adultery, He might tell the crowd something like, “hey, you who is perfect, you who knows all the answers, you throw the stone.”
“You who is above the rest.. you throw it.”
None of us would throw, friends.
The only one who could justifiably throw a stone is Jesus.
But that’s not how He handles things.
Honestly, I am concerned with how we have put our political views in front of Jesus.
(I’m talking about both sides of the spectrum, by the way.)
I don’t like to tell people they are wrong, but I think we have been handling this wrong.
Anytime we are putting imperfect people, parties or systems in front of the only perfect entity—God—we are doing it wrong.
Anytime we end up tearing down or throwing stones at our fellow brothers and sisters because their opinions differ than us, we aren’t doing it Jesus’ way.
I know some things are worth speaking out for. I know we need to be a voice for justice.
I know politics do matter. I’m not trying to down play that.
But when our political agenda trumps the mission Jesus has put on our life- to love Him and other people- it’s become an idol.
The truth is, none of us know how this is going to go.
And we may have a new president in November, or we may not.
But we will absolutely, positively still have the same God who is ultimately in control.
Jesus will still be King above all.
I know our passion for politics usually comes from a good place in our heart.
But don’t let it be our guide for this life.
Don’t let politics be where you fix your eyes and heart.
Politics will never hold all the answers we are looking for.
They will never be our true hope.
It will always be Jesus.
And regardless of what happens in the future, that will never change.
~Kelli Bachara, The Unraveling Blog