When we make politics our god, we corrupt what we stand for. When we make politics our god, we forget who is truly in charge. When we make politics our god, we fail to remember the strength, sovereignty, and almighty power of the true Savior. Ironically, we, the Republican party, often attempt to make politics our god so that freedom of religion can flourish — so that we can have an easier time-sharing the gospel and standing up for the beliefs that this nation was founded on. And yet, we have made the Republican Party a religion and the leader of it our god. We have made politics our god.
There is a line that has continued to become muddled in regards to understanding of where the glorification for the true Savior should be had and where praise for a false savior, namely politicians and political parties, tend to be had. Many times when a politician explains an idea for tax reform, immigration, or some other policy to a crowd, the politician is given a “hallelujah”. Hallelujah translates to mean “praise ye the Lord”. Such an exclamation should be saved for the purpose of glorifying our actual Savior, not as an exaltation for a belief in Donald Trump.
The benediction from the convention on Monday night exemplifies this very point.
Like pastor Mark Burns, we often tend to forget that we are sometimes proclaiming “amen” and “hallelujah” both because of Christ’s power and human power. This should not be. Burns’ benediction and prayer divulged so much about the once definitive, now murky, line between the gospel of the Bible and the gospel of the Republican Party.
In fact, Burns’ comments began with, “Our enemy is not of the Republicans, but of Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party.”
Is it Biblical to claim the republicans as the savior and the democrats as the enemy? If we are elevating our opponents to a level of intense wrongdoing while elevating our own selves to the opposite of such, are we not seeing the fact that we too are the enemy? We are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. I want Biblical beliefs to prevail, but we cannot do that if we are a party who neglects to see that we too are flawed.
Burns’ prayer seemed to draw an even murkier line between the truth of our Savior and a man who is simply our nominee by praying:
“You’re giving him the words to unite this party, this country, that we together can defeat the liberal democratic party, that keep us divided and not united because we are the United States of America, and we are the conservative party under God. Defeat every attack that comes against us. Protect the life of Donald Trump. Give him the words, give him the peace, give him the power and the authority to be the next president of the United States of America. In Jesus name, if you believe it, shout Amen.”
First off, I’m pretty sure God’s goal in life is not political — to unite the Republican Party for the sole purpose of defeating the democrats. But even if so, who gets to tell God what God’s motives are? And, not to nitpick, but who are we to demand God what to do — especially for the purposes of our own political gain? Are we not to come humbly before God, to ask for his forgiveness and pray with the knowledge and reverence for His might, power, and sovereignty? Burns’ prayer once again proves that when we make politics our god, we forget who is actually in charge.
When people put full hope in any politician or policy for the reason of the flourishing and betterment of their families or society, they will be disappointed with the outcomes. When praise is given to the flawed people or their policies, with the mindset that they are the “savior” of our nation, our worship to them is in vain.
The only hope in the saving of our nation lies not in the people working on behalf of God, but God himself who gives them the power. It is not a politician nor a policy that will save our country, it is God’s power alone, the power that God alone can give to his people to serve Him.
Neither Donald Trump, nor any other person, will make America great again. It is only by the power of God that anything can be done. We need to stop making politics our god and start putting all of our efforts of praise towards the one true Savior of the world.