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Politics, the New Religion & Proving Your Piety

Politics is the new secular religion. You want to change the world? Engage the political process. You want to find meaning for your life? Join a political cause. You want to gather with people of like mind? Join a political party and go to rallies. You want to know your identity? Look no further than identity politics. Yep, it’s here…politics is the new religion. Christianity has been replaced with secular politicization making this shift in our culture correlated with the rise of the “nones” – the non-religiously affiliated people.

Something has to fill the gap. Voids like to be filled. Where the church has stepped out of the life of the community and busied herself with the mundane, politics has filled the vacuum. Where the church has neglected her responsibilities, politicians have used the left over needs as leverage for their own advantage. There is no such thing as “pure politics” but there is such a thing as “pure religion.” There can be no pure politics because politics by their very nature inevitably end up twisting everything around because it gravitates toward selfishness (perpetuating power for those in charge). Religion has the possibility of being pure because the ideals of the Christian faith are selfless rather than selfish. Pure religion is possible because we have it modeled in Jesus and instructed in James where he tells us it is looking after the least of these (widows and orphans – James 1:27). Jesus wasn’t interested in being president. Instead he gave his life as a ransom for many. When was the last time you saw a politician do that?

As political liturgy drowns out Christian liturgy people have changed their definition of piety. Piety is now about being on the right team, the virtuous team. You can only be virtuous if you are on my side of the political aisle. Which team is the virtuous one? The one you are already on. To be on the other side is automatically immoral. So we virtue signal and guard our comments in order to make sure we have the appearance of being acceptable not only in what we say but in who people think we are. The worst forms of demonization in society used to come out of religious groups. Now it comes out of political groups. The most fervor I have seen among people in the last few years has been political fervor. It far outweighs people’s fervor for God. It used to be that people thought Christians demonized people who weren’t like them but I can say with some level of confidence that I see that far more today in the realm of politics than I have ever seen among Christians.

We are living in interesting times. Here is the key – know your allegiances. Identify them. Evaluate them. Don’t go creating allegiances blindly because anything other than an allegiance to Christ can and will steal your soul. It will co-opt your energy, your heart and passion and re-purpose them to agendas that ultimately aren’t godly…leveraging you for purposes that run counter to Christ. That is true no matter which political “side” you think you are on. Pay attention. Have your eyes wide open. Be aware that someone is constantly trying to play you, leverage you, and take whatever power and energy you have and use it for themselves rather than for whatever cause you think you signed up for.

The New Spiritual Discipline – Refraining from Talking Politics

It is so tempting to talk about politics. There is so much low hanging fruit on either side of the aisle that it is a tempting topic to discuss, write about, share on social media, etc. With very rare exception I try very hard to not talk about or write about politics or share politicalContinue Reading

The Politics of Fear & Overcoming the World

When people are afraid they try to make sense of what they are experiencing. In those moments, the narratives we have ingrained in us come right to the front. The Boston bombers are a great example of this. Some immediately jumped on this news that these guys must be white right-wing wacko’s. Why? Not becauseContinue Reading

Government Spending and Fairytale Land

In case you are wondering, this is not the next post on legalism…just a mini-rant 🙂 Only in the U.S. government can deficit reduction means you are just borrowing less. The President claims his new budget will cut the deficit by a trillion dollars. What that means is that we will go from $16 trillionContinue Reading

Scot McKnight’s Take on the Louie Giglio Inauguration Prayer Situation

First, if you don’t read Scot McKnight’s blog (much less his books) you really should give it a try. Second, his take on Louie Giglio’s backing out of the Inauguration Day prayer is extremely insightful. For those who aren’t up to speed on this. Giglio was asked to pray at the inauguration. Once he wasContinue Reading

Joe Biden Says President Obama May Use Executive Order to Clamp Down on Guns

Here is what the vice president said, “The president is going to act…There are executives orders, there’s executive action that can be taken….As the president said, if you’re actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking. But I’m convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of Americans and take thousands of peopleContinue Reading

Thoughts on Obama’s Re-election from a Guy Who Voted for Romney

Here is what I hope Obama is able to do in the next four years: Protect the rights of the unborn Decrease the deficit Balance the budget – I can dream, can’t I? Before you can balance the budget, you have to have a budget. We haven’t had a budget in what, 3 years? HaveContinue Reading

The Financial Dilemma America Faces That No One is Willing to Solve – Let’s Do Some Math

Here are some numbers to consider that are mind boggling. It is important that you are aware of these numbers: Our government borrows roughly 40 cents of every dollar it spends (Politifact) In 2012 the government will take in about $2.17 trillion in tax revenue and spend $3.82 trillion – the difference is roughly 43%.Continue Reading

Defeater Beliefs in Politics – How To Change the Perceptions of a Nation

Defeater beliefs are beliefs someone holds that make other beliefs impossible. Tim Keller defines defeater beliefs like this, “A defeater belief is Belief-A, that if true, means Belief-B can’t be true.” (Tim Keller, Deconstructing Defeater Beliefs). Politicians use this to their advantage all of the time. In the political realm it goes like this, “IfContinue Reading

The Real Face of Abortion…What Would It Take to Change Your Mind?

I have wrestled with whether or not to post this. Just a warning…this is not for the faint of heart. All I ask is that the comments not get into political wrangling but stick with what is really going on here. Last week I saw something I hadn’t ever seen before. I saw a pictureContinue Reading

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