Peace Amidst Politics

From Rohn Peterson…

As the elections draw closer, I ran across a verse in Ecclesiastes that will help people know how to vote in November.  Ecclesiastes 10:2 says “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left.”  There you have it, a biblical endorsement to vote conservative.

The above is a poor attempt at humor and also a glimpse of my own ignorance for trying to make a political joke. I’m surprised that I have not seen Ecclesiastes 10:2 displayed on a bumper sticker with someone claiming Solomon as the founder of one particular party. Ecclesiastes 10:2 reminds me to focus on the “right” and “left” as Solomon uses these terms not as political pundits use them. I like to focus on politics because I keep hoping that politicians can fix the foolishness of those who reject the “right” ways of God. Unfortunately, politicians cannot do that.

They cannot mandate submission to the Creator, the One who uses Christian politicians, non-Christian politicians, good guys, bad guys, victory, defeat, life, death, wealth, poverty, good, and bad to accomplish His purposes here on earth that are unimaginable to us mortals. I am glad He is that kind of God. A God who transcends politics. I’m praying that God will give me opportunity to share this truth when the topic of politics finds its way into my conversations in the days ahead.  I desire to be right leaning in my spiritual life – something far more difficult and infinitely more important than my political leaning.

We do not know who God has designed to be in political authority over us. Maybe He wants to bless, maybe He wants to judge, perhaps He wants to instill protection for His children or perhaps He chooses to strengthen them through persecution.   He alone has the script.

The thing we know is this; Romans 13:1 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

And that brings me peace amidst the politics.