Flawless Words and Boastful Politicians

October 22, 2011 at 9:53 am | Posted in Devotional thoughts | Leave a comment

The US presidential election is just over one year away, and yet it is already in full swing.  The Republican Party candidates have had numerous debates already.  As conservative Christians, we often look to that party to uphold a biblical world view and morality, and we hope the present administration is voted out as a result.  There are a few Christians who like the social/welfare programs the Democrats support and want them in office instead.  Though I believe the Republican Party is closer philosophically to a biblical world view, and I believe we must vote biblical values, I also know that scripture warns against depending on either side for things that really matter.  As I was reading Psalm 12 today, I was reminded of this thought.

The first two verses offer a clear description of our US culture today:  “Help, LORD, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men.  Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception.”  (Psalm 12:1-2 NIV)  That is followed by David’s prayer about the matter:  “May the LORD cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue that says, ‘We will triumph with our tongues; we own our lips – who is our master?’” (vv3-4)  That sounds like politicians from both sides; they all boast of triumph with their lips.  “Choose my plan and we will prosper as a nation,” they say.  David prays instead, “O LORD, you will keep us safe and protect us from such people forever.” (v7)  Put that on your political plate; we should ask God to protect us from candidates in both parties!

Both political parties could claim support from out-of-context verses in this chapter, the Democrats from verse 5 and the Republicans from verse 8, but it is God who must arise on our behalf to protect us from the problems these verses address (vv5, 7).  And in between those things lies this wonderful gem of a reminder, “the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.”  Christian, trust in God’s flawless Word and His eternal faithfulness, not in the empty promises of politicians, even those who, in some ways, align with biblical truth.  Though all men lie and fail, God’s Word is pure and flawless.

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