Battle to Govern More Spiritual than PoliticalBy: Mildred Robertson
Daily we are bombarded with the most recent missteps of our misdirected government. We endure a constant barrage of lies, intrigue, accusations and misinformation from a White House besieged from without and within. The media battles daily to dispense some measure of truth among all the falsehoods and innuendos that float out of the Washington beltway. Words, it seems, cannot halt the downward spiral that has engulfed our country. At least, that is the way I felt until scripture began to speak to me.
You see, over the past month our Sunday school lessons have focused on the prophets who proclaimed Israel’s downfall. Isaiah…Jeremiah…Ezekiel…Amos; all were oracles who beseeched God’s people to hear His voice and follow Him. They railed against a corrupt government and an incorrigible people. Their words, it seems, echo down through the ages and ring loudly in the ears of a nation whose actions mirror those of a fallen Israel, and whose hard-heartedness places us in the cross-hairs of God’s judgment.
I hesitate to even take this path, in that I do believe in the separation of church and state. But as I witness those who call themselves “the evangelicals, the religious right, the moral majority” bow down at the feet of the hedonistic usurper Donald Trump, I cannot help but believe that the battle we face is far more spiritual than political.
Everything he stands for is antithetical to basic Christianity. From his border wall to the deportation of mothers and fathers seeking a better life for their children, Trump has displayed his abhorrence to the basic tenants of religion. His zealous fight to strip healthcare from millions of Americans, and his desire to further enrich that top 1 % of Americans who enjoy this nation’s bounty testify to his total disregard for the needs of the common man. He has proven himself to be common, uncultured, sexist, racist, dishonest, ignorant, ill-equipped to lead, and possibly even deranged. Yet religious leaders across this nation profess that he is called of God.
How is it that those who profess to know the word of the Lord can condone this man’s behavior? How can they embrace a national agenda that values profit over people, hate over love? Psalm 82: 2-4 says it thusly: “How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?” It further exhorts: “Defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” It is as though the Psalmist stood beside us today and penned these words in the midst of our current national upheaval.
Prophetic scripture foretells a nation’s downfall, outlining death, destruction and exile. The prophecies were a call for change. That unheeded call resulted in a nation’s demise. America would be wise to be mindful of the warning. There is still time for us to chart a better course. There is still time for us to heal.
It is late…but not too late.
The Word also says, “If my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14