The Religion of Politics

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this, but it seems to me that politics has now become the national religion. As I was growing up, I remember the adults around me saying, “There are two things you don’t mention in polite company—religion and politics.” Now, politics IS religion, and we seem to talk about it nonstop.

I remember Hubert Humphrey being locked in a primary battle with Jimmy Carter. As you may recall, Carter was making no secret of the fact that he was a “born again” Christian. Many of us had never heard that term prior to Carter’s statements, but it became a watchword for his campaign.

You’re a Heretic

Fast forward to our current climate, and it seems we are now living in a time when the religion of politics is all-encompassing. Our faith is, seemingly, in the political process. If we don’t like what’s going on, we do whatever we can to derail that process. In other words, “My politics are correct and everyone else who doesn’t agree is a heretic.”

I’m pretty sure there used to be a time when political news and actions were a distant second or third to family, friends, and faith. Now, your only friends are your political allies. If someone discovers you are on the opposite side of the aisle from them, they jettison you. In their eyes, you go from chum to chump in sixty seconds.

I recently read of an elderly woman who supports the current president. Because she does so, one of her grandsons no longer speaks with her. I’m not totally sure, but I think there’s something wrong with that picture. Poor old granny has alienated her flesh and blood by voting the wrong way. What a heretic.

I write this at the risk of exposing my own political bias. I personally don’t like either of the major political parties in this country, but then, political orthodoxy has never been my forte. The only orthodoxy in my life is the belief that Jesus is Lord and Savior. No politician can compete with that.

I Am the Lord Your God

When Moses led the Children of Israel out of Egypt, the Lord passed down some tablets containing a famous code. It’s often known as the Ten Commandment. The very first one says, “ I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.” We’ve never done very well with that one. Today, we’re messing it up more than ever.

We have set up political gods. Government has become our religion, and we have sold out to the highest bidder. Judge me if you will, but my true Judge is God Almighty and none other.

[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently resides in Aldie, VA.]

2 thoughts on “The Religion of Politics”

  1. Jimmy Carter was and is a good man, a Democrat, and a Christian Believer.

    But the Cultures in America are different today.

    I think you will find many more Republicans who are Christians than Democrats today.

    And many more Democrats who match the characterizations of your timely Blog of today.

    1. Thanks for your response, Doug. Only God knows where these politicians stand spiritually. It appears, however, that many non-politicians have joined the ranks of those that seem to deify our government. Hopefully, their hearts are different than their words and actions seem to indicate.

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