There is no question, from a Christian perspective, that America has gone through a recent period of leadership that has trampled on our religious freedom. Much of the harmful effects of elevating social ideologies over civil security and sexuality above religious liberty are still in place through regulations and the evil intents of those in positions of power at all levels of our society.
The recent presidential election, as odd as it was, provided some hope that our lost traditional values and personal liberties may actually be restored and strengthened. At this stage in the new administration, we are not so sure.
There appears to be no governing difference between the Democrats and ruling class Republicans. It also appears that the peculiarities of our president’s way of doing business may be making things worse and creating a side-show that is larger than the main event of accomplishing what these elected officials were sent to Washington to do.
There is an account in 2 Chronicles 32:8 where King Hezekiah makes a statement about his foes having their hopes only in “an arm of flesh” but that his hope was in “the Lord our God.” When I first became a follower of Jesus I attended church with a little old lady who always found a way to interject this verse as “Curseth be the one who trusts in an arm of flesh and not on the Lord our God.” Its true and applicable today, too.
As Bible believing Christians we should not be surprised that mere mortal man can not keep his promises, nor should we be fearful about the American political system seemingly crumbling before our very eyes.
We know from Bible prophecy, generally speaking, that the governments of the world are heading to a degree of chaos in accordance with a rising anti-Christ world authority, and I can think of no quicker way to world chaos than the United States of America getting itself into its own state of chaos. If you think of it, the globe is full of despots who stay in check only by the grace of God and the long arm of America’s might.
So what are we to do about our political fears? The same thing we do about our health fears, our family fears, our relational fears, our whatever fears…we turn our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 3:1) and transform our minds (Romans 12:1-2) by claiming the promise of Isaiah 26:3 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” (ESV).
Let us continue to pray for our country and its leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-4) and do all we can through our votes, support, and involvement in governmental affairs to right the ship of our nation. Jeremiah 29:7 states to seek the prosperity of the society in which we live and Luke 19:13 encourages us to continue to do business until our Lord returns. Regardless of how bleak the times may be, there is no biblical basis to disengage and withdraw.
Finally, let me point you to Psalm 27. This psalm begins with the promise “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1, ESV) and ends with the reminder that our Savior is returning soon on a rescue mission out of the coming chaos, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14, ESV).