Who’s your king?
I’m not a political person. I’m afraid I’m the kind of person who flips channels or leaves the room when discussions of politics begin. Give me an issue and I can tell you where I stand but I’m not likely to try to convince you to take my side. Why? Because so much of it is opinion.
When both sides can use the exact same words, and neither be lying, that’s a pretty good indication that it’s a matter of semantics. “Those guys support X!”, said in a disgusted tone on the one hand, and “We support X!”, said with pride on the other, suggests we’re not arguing facts here. And arguing opinions is stupid. In my opinion.
So, here’s my take on politics, assuming you haven’t already flipped the channel:
3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. — Philippians 2:3-8 — English Standard Version (ESV)
How’s your candidate line up with those criteria? Heck, how do you line up with those criteria? I know it always makes me cringe a little.
There are some tough words in there. “Selfish ambition” and “conceit” weighed against “humility” and “obedient.” It’s pretty clear which side the world leans towards. It’s kind of funny that I’m writing this on a personal blog, the point of which is essentially conceit. We’re supposed to fight for everything. Scratch and claw our way to the top in this world and pull the other guy down as we go. Look out for number one.
Place that in relief to what the Bible calls Christians to be. Others-minded. Concerned. Lifting up those around us. Humble. Obedient to the will of God. Jesus is our example: a king who becomes lowly, the ruler of all who becomes a slave, the everlasting who comes to die. He exudes servant leadership. We are supposed to do the same.
If we are supposed to be servants, then shouldn’t we expect as much from our leadership? The role of a leader isn’t to further his or her interests. It is to move forward the organization. That’s why on sports teams the person who is the captain isn’t always the highest scorer. It has more to do with personality and the ability to bring people together, to lead, to inspire.
So nothing. It’s my opinion. Maybe I do want to persuade you to my point. Or maybe I just want to remind some folks what they already know. If you’re really worried about the state of our Union, maybe you need to figure out who your king really is. A Christian should be comforted by the answer.