Years ago I was a Fox News Christian. My political ideology took precedence over my theology. In other words, I cared more about being conservative, than I did about Christ, and the will of God. I also saw conspiracies all over the place. It seemed to me that there was a world government that controlled all of the governments of the civilized world. I thought that the world government was comprised of the ultra-rich and influential. I haven’t really changed my mind about that. I do think that the enemy has his minions running a satanic plan. What has changed is that I no longer think it is possible to fix the problems via politics. I also think that the enemy can only do what sovereign God allows. I believe with all my heart, all that matters now, is to preach the gospel to the lost and perishing world. I read something from Isaiah today that brought this to mind.
Isa 8:11 — Isa 8:16
For thus the Lord spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,
“You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’
In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy,
And you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it.
“It is the Lord of hosts whom you should regard as holy.
And He shall be your fear,
And He shall be your dread.
“Then He shall become a sanctuary;
But to both the houses of Israel, a stone to strike and a rock to stumble over,
And a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
“Many will stumble over them,
Then they will fall and be broken;
They will even be snared and caught.”
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
Of course, I’m not encouraging you to take this section out of context. It is obviously a prophecy from God to Israel, through Isaiah. I get that. The Israelites were suspicious of the true prophets of God. They didn’t like the warnings they gave them. They were relying on their allegiances with pagan nations, they were hoping on pragmatic security and not God. Relying on our own feeble abilities and righteousness keeps us from God the same way that it kept many of the Israelites from Jesus when he came. This also reminds me that living in fear of what could happen, and what the government will do to us, is not honoring to God. God is the one who we should fear. He is the one who we should concern ourselves with. We should seek his glory. The true hope of the world is not electing the right politicians, it is the wonderful gospel of Jesus. Only the transforming work of God can change the hearts of sinful men, and reform the reprobate heart. So we preach repentance of sins, and faith in the work of Christ on the cross, to justify men to God, and save their souls from the flames of Hell.