The gap between the polarized political left and right in America continues to grow larger and louder. We’re three weeks away from mid-term elections when the party in the White House historically loses congressional seats to the minority party Everyone is searching for political solutions to problems. We are so far divided, we cannot even agree on what the problems are.
At the height of political warfare, few understand our problems are not political, and we will never solve our problems with political solutions. Frankly, our problems are spiritual. Many disagree with this opinion and dismiss all things spiritual or religious as irrelevant. These folks will inevitably struggle their whole lives searching for political solutions as though this life is all there is.
On the other hand, if there is more than just this life, perhaps we should broaden the scope of our search. If we have a Creator like the one our founders recognized in the Declaration of Independence, then maybe we should consider expanding our search from mere human arguments to more revelatory possibilities.
For example, the Bible says God spoke into existence a perfect creation. Then, in the early chapters of Genesis, we learn that man rebelled against God who then cursed them and cast them out of a formerly perfect garden. At the very least, we should learn from this that the Creator is in charge of and involved in all creation.
So, how has mankind fared during the past 6,000 years or so of recorded history? Have we reached the pinnacle of scientific knowledge and discovery? Take food. Have we solved global hunger? Are we incapable of agreeing global hunger is a real problem? Or, if we agree it’s a problem, are we incapable of solving such a basic human need?
History of human relations should teach us our efforts to provide for the simplest human needs are futile. If the Creator were still involved in creation, why would he not meet the world’s most basic needs? What if the Creator had offered to meet all of the world’s needs, from the simplest to the most complex, and yet the world refused to consider such a Creator existed?
The Bible says the Creator subjected the creation to futility. “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” (Romans 8:20-21)
Long before environmentalists charged humans were destroying the earth, the Bible said mankind is destroying the earth. In fact, in Matthew 24 we read the world will experience the worst of times before the end. Well, that makes sense! Not that any of us want to go through the worst of times, and then die, but that if things continue toward the worst of times as our media reports 24/7/365, then we should expect no less than the end.
The Bible throws one more curveball at those who refuse to recognize a Creator. As alluded to in Romans 8 and clearly stated elsewhere in the Bible, the Creator will send various calamities well beyond mankind’s ability to cope in order that some may seek solutions outside our own abilities. It’s time to think outside the box of human politics.
by by Daniel Gardner, Special to the Gazette
on October 24, 2018, 12:21 pm