The Politics of Fear

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV)

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I despise politics, and the older I get the more I despise it. Don’t get me wrong, I follow politics, I listen to talk-radio, I watch FOX, CNN, Ed Shultz, Rachel Maddow, and I listen to Rush Limbaugh. The only thing worse than politics is the politics of fear, and that seems to be the main tool both sides use.

One side of the political spectrum says another 4 years of Pres. Obama will spell the end of the United States. A vote for Obama is a vote for socialism. Obama wants to turn us into a Muslim nation. Obama hates the constitution, he is evil, he is the anti-christ. We are all doomed if he wins another 4 years, etc., etc., etc.

It gets very tiring.

The other side of the political spectrum is no better. A vote for Romney is a vote to return to the policies that spun our country into recession in the first place. A vote for Romney is a vote against the health and well-being of women. Romney loves the rich (the 1%) and hates the poor (the rest of us). A vote for Romney is the end of th middle-class as we know it. If Romney becomes president we are all doomed, etc., etc., etc.

It gets very tiring.

And it all makes no difference. Whoever wins the election will get into office and immediately start campaigning for the next election. The losing side will immediately start destroying the character of the president and will try and disrupt anything the president wants to do.

You see, the present day state of politics is all about power and not about people. We are so far removed from a representative democracy that I don’t think our founding fathers would recognize our political system.

I, for one, refuse to be influenced by the politics of fear. I will vote, and then I will return to my normal life and ministry, trying to bring glimpses of the Kingdom of God into present reality. My citizenship is in heaven, and that is where my focus will be as well.

Are you tired of both sides of the political aisle?

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9 thoughts on “The Politics of Fear

  1. Amen. And the politics of strife. All the acrimony you’ve pointed out is entirely counter to the spiritual disciplines I’ve been working on for years: “[…] be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1.19) He’s still working on me.

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