In no way can these few words describe all the ways that politics work – not even all the ways the Bible talks about. But I want to share one small example that can be very a good, but bad, representation of the “solutions” of politics and the futility of depending upon such leadership and how it can be analogous to sin.
All across America there has been a big push by governmental leaders to go “green” in an effort to save the world, save the environment, and even save money. Saving money (or making it, depending upon where you sit), which is the root of “going green“, has actually been the aspect talked about the most, because if you want to get someone on board with a new idea let them know how they can profit from it right? So on and on the politicians and the commercials have gone…change your light bulbs, they save money…install new windows, they save money…buy energy efficient appliances, they save money. You get the idea – listen to what they say and you’ll save money by using less electricity.
So the people listened, and guess what!? We won’t save money after all! In the state of Tennessee, electricity consumption was down, wait for it – but it was down too much! Now to compensate for the loss in revenue the electric authority is going to have to raise rates! In all of the number crunching the government only counted up the savings that could be created by the people but they “forgot” to consider the loss that it would cost it electric companies. If usage continues to go down then costs will continue to go up. Income must match outgo. So unless the electric company cuts it budget as much as the consumer cuts its usage then there is no point, and who wants to wait around for a government entity to cut their budget…not me!
The politics of men and women rarely, rarely work because the ideas used to implement the policies are often one-sided, shortsighted and nearsighted all in one.
So how does of any this relate to this sin? Simple. Sin relies upon the wrong leadership. It promises a lighter burden and a happier life while creating a heavier load and increased vanity. Sin fails to consider the true cost due to the fact that it’s often one-sided, shortsighted and nearsighted all in one. It misses the big picture by focusing on the here and now and by rejecting the view that lets us see the here and after, and it’s not going to cut its budget!
Politics and sin – for the most part they’ll carry us to same place. Oh that wisdom would return to the land. (Ecclesiastes 4:13; 9:13-18; 10:16)
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.” (2 Peter 1:5-9)