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Politics is Not in the Driver's Seat

God rides the bicycle of history, no hands.

by Everett Wilson
January 2, 2012

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Politics is Not in the Driver's Seat

  In his last column of 2011, Charles Krauthammer   restates without qualification the triumphant humanism of the last sixty years.  "Politics — in all its grubby, grasping, corrupt, contemptible manifestations — is sovereign in human affairs. Everything ultimately rests upon it. .Fairly or not, politics is the driver of history." 

No matter how much we blather about the "Judeo-Christian west," "Christian "values" etc.,, it comes down to—politics?  If that were so,  which I do not buy for  an instant, we are doomed.

  A more apt metaphor for politics than  "driver of history"   is the children's  game of  "king of the hill," a perpetual struggle to push the kid from the top of a pile  or mound  and replace him, thus gaining  ascendancy  over the other players by being stronger, tougher, smarter, and more determined than all of them.   

When nations play their  version of king of the hill,  however,  the rules are loose to the point of invisibility.  There is negotiation, but it is stretched beyond recognition by lies, deception, cheating, and stealing, even if the negotiating table is not itself blown out of the building by saboteurs.  We even spy on our allies, the moral equivalent of cheating at a table parlor game.    

If you don't believe that God is "riding the bicycle of history toward home, no hands" (Robert F. Capon), then trust in politics; maybe  your kids, at least, will escape the next holocaust, genocide, famine, pandemic, or terrorist attack—all of which have been  consequences of  politics in my seventy-five years. 

 The God who rides the bicycle of history is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Modern politicians try to enlist him for their side, there  to play by Mormon rules, Roman rules, liberal Protestant rules, Jewish rules, Islamic rules, "evangelical" rules, or ephemeral   "spiritual  values," which politicians  tailor to fit their campaigns. It doesn't seem to occur to politicians that God is riding that bicycle under his own power, not theirs, to a destination of his choosing.  He invites us to join him--his bike is infinitely large-- but if we fight him for control of it we'll get bounced and never get to where he is going. 

God is people oriented,  not issue-oriented.  Issues are abstractions.  We are not, nor is He.  We  cannot enlist God in what we are doing,  but he invites us to join him in what he doing; we may love sacrificially, and pray for his will to be done  on earth as it is in heaven.    We do not get to tell him what he is supposed to do. 

Politics has a place, but it is not in  the driver's seat.    In the kingdom of the world it is  a humble servant; at its best when clarifying issues, at its worst when cheating  or murdering   its way to power. 

Happy New Year. 




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mattie from liberty writes:
January 3, 2012
Too bad people are so narrow minded. President Kennedy was Catholic, voters were uptight, some people couldn't get past his faith. If people live in Utah everybody is Mormon, some people think! I didn't know we had to kowtow to certain? religions. Besides religion is not the issue, politics and religion(s) DO NOT MIX!

Everett Wilson from Partial observer writes:
January 5, 2012
I am not sure Mattie agrees with me or not, but my earlier column, "Politics and Religion Don't Mix' may clarify it. Go to "All Sections" at the top of the page, then Columnists, the Everett's Version, and you will find it listed. Click on it, and it will open.

elm from 98801 writes:
January 18, 2012
"Root of all Evil" rides the Super Pac bicycle; game of 'Sock & Poll.' Fair-minded liberal Democrats want what is best for "real Americans." Republicans, consistently are pigheaded and unwilling to compromise with a Democratic president (or Democratic Congress); part of problem, not part of solution. Middle-class has been enslaved long enough at the mercy of corporate greed. Deep-pockets of money moguls having a strong deep-rooted toe-hold on our electorial process. 'Root of all evil,' extremely powerful business tycoons 'paying it forward ' to gain chips for return on favors that feather their own nests, controls our government & elections!!! ~ "Caveat emptor" - (Let the buyer (voter) beware).

ELM from 98801 writes:
February 28, 2012
Article VI, paragraph 3 of the U.S. Constitution stipulates,

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

The article implicitly precludes any questions on the religious affiliation or beliefs of a president.

2012 GOP wannabee's TV ads & talk reeks of atrocious hoof & mouth disease. Hell-bent for election, fueled by religious bigotry, well oiled machines geared to get God fearing votes - smacks of hypocrisy. GOP Grand Slams will go down in history as the worst to ~ one and other EVER!

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