Monday, November 5, 2012

Salvation By Politics Always Fails

"Now, as then, we need to repeat that there can be no genuine solution of the "social question" apart from the Gospel, and that the "new things" can find in the Gospel the context for their correct understanding and the proper moral perspective for judgment on them."
-John Paul II
While on earth we should constantly battle for what is just and good. We cannot sit idly by and watch as injustice flourishes or disassociate ourselves from this world. This means we have an obligation to be politically engaged and make our voices heard.

But, we also should not equate politics or governmental policies with salvation. Our hope is in the Lord, not in the things of this earth.
  • If we rely on this world for our hope, then we will be let down.
  • If we rely on politicians to provide solutions to our problems, then we will be let down.
  • If we rely on governmental programs and policies to grant justice, we will be let down.
Remember, those who misunderstood the nature of Jesus' mission wanted him to be an earthly king. They were also looking for salvation through political power.

On the other hand, if we rely on God, our hope is assured and stands firm.
"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." -2 Cor 4:16-18
"Through Him we have gained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us." -Rom 5:2-5
Thus, while we have both feet firmly planted in the muck of this world, fighting for God's reign, we should remember - OUR SAVIOR REIGNS!

Go ahead and rejoice...


Mike the Geek said...

I know there's no salvation through politics, but it does have a big impact on whether waiting for the Lord's arrival is pleasant or not...

Marcel said...

The Lord's arrival will be pleasant for those who know and follow Him and very unpleasant for those who don't. Politics don't help that out.

Mike the Geek said...

Well said. It is that period between now and Then that may be looking a whole lot worse. It also means I'm obligated to pray for a number of people I'd rather not even have to think about. Is it considered acceptable to pray for a peaceful death and speedy journey to heaven for someone who is not even sick yet?