As the political season winds down until 2016, and Christmas approaches, it is worthwhile to consider the differences between the two and their places in our lives.
There is a soullessness to politics, no matter the candidate, party or election. Politics is full of sound and fury, self promotion and a shading of the truth, even among the most conscientious public servant. Yes, politics can be noble, and it does address issues that matter. But it doesn’t fill the aching inside of us all, the desire for something more in this life.
Christmas is different. Not the bustle and the rush, not the shopping and cooking, not all the preparations. Christmas speaks of something better, something too wonderful to even contemplate. If you do believe in God, the Christmas story sounds just like the way He would arrange things. It rings of the truth, the truth with a capital T. And the love of God fits with the facts. John 3:15 makes sense in a logical manner, even going beyond one’s faith.
There are realities in this world we must address during our lives, both individually and collectively. And politics tries to do this in an earthly manner. Spiritual necessities, on the other hand, transcend our daily grind and force us to transcend ourselves in a way politics never can.
For the skeptics among us, consider the following: a long list of facts proving the existence of God and a long list doing the opposite sometimes seem to fight each other to a fifty-fifty tie. And that percentage proves the existence of God more than anything else. Isn’t that just the way God would arrange things? So to break the tie, we need to take a leap of faith. And once that leap is taken, the scales fall from our eyes, and we can’t believe how blind we have been. And that’s when we know that we know that we know. And we begin on the road to sanctification.
Politics, no matter how noble, can never take us on a journey like this. It can never fill the deep yearnings of the soul, though God knows it often tries to do so. Its upside-down world rewards self-promotion when humility is the real answer.