COMMENTARY | The word "politics" itself isn't used in any of the four most popular American Bible translations (King James, New King James, New American Standard and New International Version). But government, politics and the success or failure of a society are implied in many verses.
We're searching for answers to America's current societal and economic situation, but the trend is to look everywhere except the Bible. Here are five scriptures that could hold keys to American politics as it affects society.
"There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood..." (list continues in v18-19).
The right to have an abortion continues to be a main platform of American politics. But whether or not judges or legislators approve of abortion, one thing is certain...the unborn baby is innocent. Unborn babies don't cause men to rape someone. Unborn babies don't cause girls to have casual sex without considering pregnancy as a possibility. Unborn babies don't cause boys to insist their girlfriends have sex.
God hates the shedding of innocent blood. But political correctness tells us not to care what God thinks. So we've aborted over 46 million babies. This has drastically thinned out the work force that could have supported Social Security as baby boomers aged, and decreased the number of people who may have started companies where other people might have worked and made a good living.
Another verse, Psalm 106:38, says: "They shed the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols..."
What are some idols today? Careers, convenience, embarrassment, plans for the future, what the Joneses think...these things can be idols that make us more willing to abort and more willing to elect officials that approve.
2. Psalm 33:12
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance."
If there is a God, why should He bless a nation that denies His existence or finds His love repulsive? Why should God bless a nation that tells people who believe in Him as "Lord" to be silent, or accuses them of being "hateful" just for stating what they find in the Bible while talking to other people?
3. Second Chronicles 7:14
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
For those who believe in God -- this is who He is calling "my people." If we put our faith in God, we wouldn't be depending on electing people who can save the economy. There's no economic Savior. Believers aren't supposed to vote according to what's in their pockets, but according to the issues that matter in the book we believe. Maybe that's why the nation's in this fix.
4. Matthew 5:16
(Jesus to believers in God and the Holy Scriptures - as they existed in his day):
"Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
Jesus didn't come to start a different religion. But He did come to bring light to the world. His words above are what give believers the right to express themselves to other people, in order to show others the love of God. By the same token, "His people" are to express it in a way to win people over, not turn them off.
5. Matthew 19:4-5, Mark 10:6-8
(Jesus' own words): "But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, the two will become one flesh."
Many people claim Jesus never said anything about marriage being between only a man and a woman. Yes, he did, quoted by two Gospel writers. No opinion added.
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