Lord Acton’s quote, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” had a tag line: “Great men are almost always bad men.” I’m no historian, but politics do have an odor! Offices created for the people are often held by the selfish. As an American, I chokingly write these words: Democracy isn’t working.
Check this out: “Worldwide, bribery alone is estimated to involve over 1 trillion US dollars annually. A state of unrestrained political corruption is known as a kleptocracy, literally meaning ‘rule by thieves’.” [wiki]
Politics stinks. Think about the definition: “Politics is the art or science of influencing people… when there are more than two people involved.” [wiki] My eyes screeched to a halt at that word influencing. But the definition is sound: we’ve all experienced politics—at work, school, Thanksgiving dinner… You get more than two people involved, and the drama begins. And doesn’t it always seem to start with somebody trying to influence others with their assertion?
Uncle Ben was right: “With great power comes great responsibility.” But if it’s all about having an influence, and most don’t have their neighbor’s best interest at heart, do the math: we’re in trouble.
“What the world needs now, is Love, Sweet Love.” God is Love. He does have absolute power, and He is not corrupt. We need a monarchy. We need the One and Only Absolute Monarch who is a benevolent and fair Governor. We need His hands and feet on earth (a wise administration council) to be comprised of authentically humble, mature men of wisdom, with a support base of servants looking out for one another.
Sadly, many so-called religious circles today are as political and self-motivated as the business world from which they are supposed to be set apart. Downtown, it’s dog-eat-dog; in the professing church, it’s wolves devouring sheep.
It’s pathetic that God’s great design is being ignored by nations, cities, schools, churches, and families. What we have is chaos—and it all starts with a seed of politics: sometimes as minuscule as gossip at the watering hole.
There’s a kingdom here, alright—and he’s got his minions wrapped around his hot little finger.