I think the shot above sums up the frailty and failings of our political systems well. This is a recent march being conducted by Hamas, among others, in opposition to Israel.
Regardless of your position on Israel, the appearance of a Hamas guard using a club on his own marchers to keep emotions from raging out of control – during an impassioned riot that they themselves have instigated – is as bemusing as it is sad.
But equally sad is a free America who’s companies line the pockets of both sides of the isle (ensuring they’ll have attention from whomever gains temporary control next), who’s special interest groups have the reigns of litigation around the tongues and actions of the majority, and who’s court system can no longer sustain appeasing two differing sides of an ethical debate that, under the assumption of “freedom,” are both correct.
I often wonder if the call for anarchy stems from a dissatisfaction within the human soul, not just a wayward political view reserved for the extreme.
While democracy is the best thing going, and the United States has been the best example of it, it’s still not perfect.
Because its not the Kingdom.
I was reading Isaiah chapter 9 recently, and in the midst of it, I felt my heart swell:
6For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
Devoid of God as King, America is the best thing going. But she’s still frail, and inferior.
For all the news I read and listen to (I don’t watch anymore), I’m ever yearning for a better system of government. Yes, I will continue to vote. I will continue to believe that God not only wants America to repent, but to be better than she ever was in her past. But she’s still a system of man that ignores – or at best, misinterprets – exactly what Jesus Christ would do.
Because the only system of government that works perfectly is his system.
That’s why the government is supposed to rest on his shoulders, not our Constitution, our Supreme Court, or our local legislatures.
He’s so good at Counseling, his positional prefix is Wonderful. He knows the right thing at the right time for the right person. And he’s got the perfect ruling for every court case.
As a Mighty God, he alone is worth worshiping, endorsing, promoting, and rallying behind. There’s no need to wade through rhetoric or have to take sides that split families, towns, or states. He’s the only side.
The best part of an Everlasting Father is he’s not going anywhere. He’s got social issues all solved.
And his foreign policy is perfect, as he’s the Prince of Peace.
I think we all cry out for anarchy deep inside, if we’re being honest. If we actually care. If not entirely, at least conceptually toward our systems. Because it’s clear that our systems aren’t working. They’re failing.
And so our hearts cry out for something better, whether we know Jesus or not. That’s why we’re eager for change, and will elect someone – anyone – who runs on that concept alone.
With every vote I cast, my soul longs for perfect government. A perfect once-and-coming King. The one my race rejected so long ago, is the one we desperately need.
So while local, national, and international issues concern me deeply, my supreme mission is not the preservation of the US Constitution, the backing of a candidate, or the signing of a petition. The thing I’m most excited about, the mission which consumes my thought life, absorbs my funds, dictates my schedule, and mandates who my friends are, is pointing people toward God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, and the King of kings and Lord of lords, God the Son, Jesus Christ.
There’s a little anarchy in all of us. Not rebellion for rebellion’s sake, but for tiring of man’s system and hungering after the divine.
Until then, I abide and steward, I educate myself and my family, and I vote and obey the laws. But I do so as one who’s eyes are fixed on Jesus’ imminent coming. And I smile, because I know his secrets.