I have been doing nothing but re-posting lately, so why stop now? Here are Dave Black’s thoughts on evangelicals’s dependence on politics. I completely agree by the way.
” Finally, I have to say a word about the current fervor to get evangelicals involved in politics during this election cycle. The notion that we can “fix America” through electing certain politicians to high office is predicated upon a lie that had fueled politics throughout the course of human history – that there can be societal change part from the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now, I’m not personally saying you shouldn’t vote. Have at it! But please don’t confuse this with kingdom living. Kingdom activism is a far cry from what I’m seeing today in American politics. The same Santorum who ruthlessly excoriated his opponent (Romney) for being a heartless capitalist just a few weeks ago now gleefully endorses him for president. Of course, this is how politics works. But I’m not sure that evangelicals appreciate the vagaries, compromises, and (sometimes) downright dishonesty that characterize politics. My allegiance is not to any political party (it once was – ugh!) but to the kingdom of God. As I wrote when I launched this website many years ago, “I believe it is time to stop seeking God in the misguided and erroneous teachings of do-goodism, whether the source is liberalism or conservatism. Jesus Christ is the only answer to the malaise plaguing our families, our churches, and our society. You can idolize man-made institutions with the hope that they will solve the societal ills of our day if you like, but I prefer to stand by the Bible and the life-changing power of the cross.”
I still believe this today. I grant the obvious – that some sort of human government is necessary until King Jesus returns. But when I see people saying that unless Proposition so-and-so passes America will go down the tubes I want to scream, “There’s another way of going about this business of turning our nation upside down, the way of Jesus’ selfless love!” There is simply nothing ambiguous about this. Jesus told us to return evil with good, to forgive even after multiple offenses, and to reject the natural “fallen” way of living life. In a self-centered world filled with dishonesty and violence, Jesus’ scandalous way of life calls us back to the simple life-giving message of the Gospel. The hope of the world certainly doesn’t lie in a marriage amendment. It rather lies in a Savior whose followers are surrendered to Him and who are willing to sacrificeeverything for His sake. I am the first to admit that I do not follow Jesus this way or with this kind of high-level commitment. But that is my desire! So, as I said above, I encourage all of us to cultivate Calvary-love as we go about our lives in an election year. If your favorite candidate doesn’t get elected, don’t get too discouraged. Ditto with your favorite bill, position, or constitutional amendment.”