Religion and Politics
I read an article in Newsweek about the “Nones”. The writer makes the statement:
“Americans who don’t identify with any religion are now 15% of the USA, but trends in a new study shows they could one day surpass the nation’s largest denominations — including Catholics, now 24% of the nation.”
I happen to be one of those “Nones” and have been for some time now. The article goes on to say these “Nones” still believe in God but they have lost faith in religion. Personally, I can relate to this. God is my only anchor in these times of difficulty. He is the only one who remains a constant.
I hear there are two things that I must never discuss among friends or family. They are religion and politics. Yet these two institutions shaped my life more than any other connections I have. Today, I have no real confidence in either of them. Yet I have never lost my belief in God, Jesus or Holy Spirit.
God never changes. My relationship with Him may change but He does not. My relational change will come as I learn more and more about Him. The more I learn the more I want to please Him, thus I take on more and more of His ways. As these progress He shows me more of His ways yet the ways never change, I just see more of them often in a different light.
Religion changes as often as a new preacher comes to church or a new congregation is started. Political positions change each time a different party gains power. Religion and politics change when they learn what pleases people. Both learn to tell the people what they want to hear. Pleasing people bring followers and followers bring power. Power brings position and position brings pleasure. These are the very things the writer of 1John 2:16 warned against. Politicians want to please a segment of people so the party reflects that group’s character in order to become like them. Little if anything really changes when they gain control. Yes a few changes are made, just enough to have boasting substance even though it is only fictitious.
Religion does the same thing. It finds what pleases a certain group and manufactures ways to sound spiritual while they please the group; they get their boasting material, but it is only pretend. They both gain power, position and all the pleasure that goes with it.
Does it surprise you so many people do not want to identify with a religious group? Why should they when religions are misleading so often in so many ways?
Is it any wonder apathy is so rampant among our society about government? Why should we trust politicians to provide real concern for the American people? We have supported them repeatedly as they made promise after promise with no true results. This is not just about one party; it is the same for both.