Last year I heard a radio broadcast that made the statement that, worldwide, there are over 38,000 different sects or practices of Christianity in the world. Mind-boggling numbers when you consider the simplicity of the true practice of the faith and how one becomes a disciple. The behavioral code as laid out in scripture is simple and well defined, too.
With this in mind, I really have to question those who run for public office using the Christian tag, but whom demonstrate anything other than, in my opinion, scriptural Christian values either in word or deed. Then I come back to the 38,000 different ways the world practices their faith in Jesus-which variety are we looking at when we see people like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry or Sarah Palin? Like many, I don’t think most of the world knows who these people really are or what they truly believe. If they did, I think we would have a much different picture of political life in America.
Case in point: Michele Bachmann, a most outspoken evangelical, has a religion advisor on her campaign staff who, ostensibly, acting as a missionary, helped smuggle arms in Uganda and arranged a meeting between his boss and a minister there who advocates the murder of homosexuals as his primary message.
We are all well familiar with the Obama family minister, Jeremiah Wright and his venomous, racially charged pulpit speeches and Rick Perry’s and Sarah Palin’s remarks of the past several years.
Politics and religion are a slippery slope that far more savvy statesmen than these successfully avoided since our founding. Like Jesus said:
You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. Matthew 16:3
We must train our mind to have the discernment that only a true relationship with the Holy Spirit gives us. We can only get that, when we put our lives in the hand of the One who sent this Spirit to us.
Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7
Perhaps with more of this, we would have less need for the confusion inflicted on the world by politicians trapped by their own hypocrisy.
So once again the question begs, what will you do? I will seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.