On election Tuesday, I was up watching the election results, marking 50 years of elections for me personally. My first was in 1966, at the age of 12; I stayed up all night watching election returns. I was a political junkie back then, with the idea that politics would be my future. The Lord had a different plan for me, as I have been in the ministry since I was 23. I still have an interest in politics, but certainly have changed my view on the power of politics. I still believe Christians should take their place in politics, as we should in every field of life. However, I see clearly that the most important factor in good governance, and good living, is being focused on the Kingdom of God. I must say my observations have certainly matured. Back then; I assumed the news was the news. I didn’t realize the broadcasters slanted the news to shape public opinion.
As a student of history, I knew the news media was used to support our government during World War II, and should have realized that would not have changed after the war. The news media would continue to think their job was not just to report the news, but shape the viewpoints of the people watching the news. The news media of the western world was impressed to believe that their goal was not just the reporting of news to the people so they could make proper choices in elections, but to instill liberal democratic principles. The news media saw the rise of people like Hitler, through his manipulation of public opinion, so they felt compelled to correct the mistake. Unfortunately, in time, the liberal media adopted Hitler’s propaganda agenda and eventually became just another force of propaganda for their worldview. You could see in the reporting of western media, both in Europe and the United States, a concerted effort to frustrate populism, which is: when ordinary people follow their own point of view, rather than a prescribed one. The media elites panic whenever it seems like the average Joe is forming an unprescribed opinion.
Rising Above the Elitists!
I must say, I watched in glee as it became apparent that the media was totally clueless as to what would happen in this election. I would say this was true of all the elites in media, entertainment, government, and business fields. They had become so confident in the value of their opinions; they could never have imagined, not everyone shared them. This is what happens when people isolate themselves from people of different opinions. Over time, you begin to assume that you are right and everyone else is wrong. Any intrusion into your mindset is dismissed as irrelevant. People who do not think your way are below you, misinformed, or simply stupid. You usually don’t know what is going on until your world starts falling apart! This is the reason we often have economic crisis, wars, revolutions, or just stagnation. This is a good description of the times we live in. It describes the religious system in the time of Christ too.
As Christians, we must be very careful not to form our own system of thinking. Our thinking may cause us to miss the opportunity to move with God, as a counter-culture opportunity for our world. If we are not open to change, God Himself will become our enemy. Psalm 55:19 says, “God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abides of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.” With the aid of the Holy Spirit, we have a capacity for fresh ideas and an inspiration for every situation of life. We need to set the example to the world, of the power of the Spirit to walk outside the box, and come up with ideas that can solve the problems of our day. The book of Job 32:8 says, “But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding” (inspiration).
Will you join me in praying for the inspiration of the Lord to reach the people, heal the brokenness, and be the solution the world has need of?