This might ruffle a few feathers, for which I apologize in advance. I’m not supporting anarchy – but I am strongly advocating a revolution.
The other day we received a notice in the mail asking for our vote. It was for a relatively small position in the local city government, but was from someone we knew in a roundabout way. Abby – 15 years old – asks if we’re going to vote for this gentleman. My response is that I probably won’t vote at all.
Being civic minded and growing more aware of how things work in the great big world, Abby offered her opinion that I should take full advantage of my Constitutional rights and use my electoral voice. She thinks that it’s the responsible thing to do. I imagine that many of you feel quite similar.
I explained to her that I didn’t take much note or interest of local government affairs as – in my humble opinion – one guy wasn’t going to be all that different from the next. I went on to explain that I probably wouldn’t vote again – ever. She was….concerned. My logic is this: God is in charge. My hope is in Him, not a President or Senator or Mayor.
She asked why – if I don’t ascribe them any true power – do we have a Government?
I told her that of all the many things the government kept itself busy with, there were few things more pressing or urgent than keeping the traffic lights working. Without traffic lights in working order mayhem would ensue and all civilization as we know it would stop. I mean, they can drive without much in the way of traffic laws or traffic control devices in Honduras and Nicaragua, but that’s not civilization AS WE KNOW IT.
My answer did not please her. She thought – perhaps as you do – that I’m being simplistic and naïve. Fair. But I remember the words God spoke when the people of Israel demanded a king – a king they wanted just so they could be like everyone else: “Go ahead and give them the human government they want. They’re just doing what they always do and are rejecting Me as being their king.” I also know what Samuel told the people: “The human government you want so badly will “employ” your sons and daughters, and you yourself will end up working for him – directly or indirectly – because he’ll “hire” you to work his fields and you’ll pay a flat TON in taxes. So be careful what you ask for; you just might get it.” (My paraphrase of 1 Samuel 8:6-22)
And more than that, I wonder what the church would look like if it forsook its political agenda and worked just as hard to love people? I feel strongly that if we who call on Christ put our faith in Him and His Kingdom rather than hanging our hopes on a man (or woman) seeking power we’d have made a far better investment. One example: rather than spend time and effort trying to outlaw abortion, suppose the church spent time doing what God has commanded: loving on orphans and single moms or even adopted kids. Would we thus create a valid, reasonable alternative to abortion? Would mothers with an unexpected/unwanted pregnancy have a true choice? The possibility seems very real to me that rather than influence mans government with our petitions and votes, we would rain God’s love down from heaven by loving those in need, and might even save a few lives along the way.
I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I am grateful for my country. I appreciate and value all the benefits and privileges I have because of this country, but I ask that you forgive me if I don’t honor the flag the same way you do or value my nationality as much as you. My allegiance is to the cross and He who hung there, as well as all who call on His name – not to a line drawn on a piece of paper.
But please, feel free to keep the traffic lights working. They make getting to and from so much easier!