Why do I talk about politics and religion? Have you ever read the Bible? It includes a lot of politics. Consider the origin of the word “politic.”
- politic (v.)
- also politick, “to engage in political activity,” 1917, a back-formation from politics. Related: Politicked; politicking (for the -k- see picnic).
- politic (adj.)
- early 15c., “pertaining to public affairs,” from Middle French politique “political” (14c.) and directly from Latin politicus “of citizens or the state, civil, civic,” from Greek politikos “of citizens, pertaining to the state and its administration; pertaining to public life,” from polites “citizen,” from polis “city” (see polis). Replaced in most adjectival senses by political. From mid-15c. as “prudent, judicious.”
Because one of the big ways we sin against each other is through the abuse of government power, the Bible has much to say about politics.
Here in his post Mike Ridenour cites Habakkuk’s complaint to God as an illustration. Don’t many of us wish God would punish evil men and stop their mischief? Eventually God will do so. Meanwhile, if we want to see a reduction of the evil in this world, we must let our Lord work through each of us. If we want God to fix our world, we must let Him begin with us.
I often hear a lot of talk about how the world is so terrible today. I have to agree. I hear people say that things are worse now than ever. I have to disagree. The world has been a pretty horrible place many times in history. In fact, it has been pretty horrible throughout most of history. I have cried out to God to step in and take over and fix things. I have been filled with near terror at the thought of facing what was going to happen next in this world that has forgotten the one true God and frivolously serves whatever god is handy or whatever god fits into their perverted version of morality.
But God doesn’t step in and he seems to not even hear my cry. The truth is that men have felt this for thousands of years. The world around us does not fear…
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