I am fully aware that the title of this article appears to offer a contradiction, but I am prepared to give an explanation that should, hopefully, clear up any confusion.
I often quote Ayn Rand, author of “Atlas Shrugged”, “Anthem” and “Fountainhead”, and one of my favorite quotes from her is: “Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong”.
So, what IS a premise? From the Cambridge English Dictionary, premise is defined as a noun, “an idea or theory on which a statement or action is based; and also a verb, “to base a theory, argument, etc. on an idea, thought, or belief.
For the believer, a premise is a ‘starting point’ for deciding which of the many ideas he might encounter in life are worthy of consideration, and adoption, which will eventually form your personal belief system. As events in life occur, many times one’s premises about these events must be changed as knowledge and wisdom are increased in the believer’s life. Changing one’s premises, as one gains wisdom and knowledge through God’s word, is a vital part of growing in Christ. Do NOT be afraid to examine your premises and change them as needed.
If one of your premises is that politics is a beneficial system that provides for the betterment of humanity, and you eventually see, or possibly see NOW that that is NOT the case, then your premise was wrong. Research further and see how that premise needs to be changed.
The title of the article proposes that politics was/is a success while also being a failure. You decide.
The Success of Politics
What we all know as ‘politics’ is more than just a ‘system of governance’ that seems prevalent in nearly every government on earth. While most people seem to regard politics as a ‘necessary evil’, it is UN-necessary and IS completely evil. It is the system devised by Satan to gain and maintain control over people and nations and has been around since the events recorded in the Book of Genesis with Satan gaining, through lies and deceptions, the control over ‘the world’ that was initially given to Adam and Eve.
Politics was formed as a ‘control system’ when the first humans created by God were approached by a minion of Satan/Lucifer and were asked some questions about their trust in, and belief of, God and His word. Though we have no idea how long that conversation lasted, the end result was a resounding success—for Lucifer. He had obviously been waiting in the dark shadows (where most politicians do their best work) and watching to see what God would do as He was surveying the condition of the earth (see Genesis 1:1).
What would a political success look like from Satan’s vantage point? One must understand what his goal was in approaching God’s new creatures and questioning the word and authority of God who gave His man CONTROL OVER His new earth creation.
Satan was likely still reeling from his defeat in his futile attempt to elevate himself above the throne of God. Being a prideful creature, desperate to regain some control over the earth, and knowing that God had given that control and authority to Adam and Eve, he knew he would need to trick them into relinquishing it to him. Obviously, deception would be one way to proceed, along with tempting them to desire to “be like gods” by acting in complete contradiction to God’s commands.
It was at this point that Satan earned the title given him by Jesus and recorded in John 8:44. There Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees, the religious leaders of the Jews who were also the preeminent politicians of Jesus day. He said, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
What was the first recorded lie in the Bible? When Satan, through the serpent, questioned Eve about God’s command regarding the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, he said “Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. God’s command to Adam did not mention touching the fruit, only forbade eating the fruit.
When Satan said to Eve, “Ye shall not surely die. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4-5). That was the second recorded lie in the Bible and it directly contradicted God’s word to His new creation, recorded in Genesis 2:17: “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Satan’s ploy worked on the innate nature of man to desire to “be like gods”, having the same power, authority and control God has, and he was right on target with that deceptive tactic.
It is so telling that there had not been even ONE recorded lie until the first politician arrived on the scene and from there, everything went downhill quickly. Neither humanity nor the earth has been the same since, with lies and deception being the modus operandi of nearly every political system, and most of the politicians, in the world today.
I sometimes wonder if Satan was surprised by how easily he was able to deceive the woman and gain the control he was seeking. In any case, with his political success he was able to bring a curse upon the earth and all its inhabitants. I know, I know, God stated that because of Adam’s sin and rebellion, the earth was cursed, but the actions of Satan are what started the entire process of the curse that still today results in the death and destruction that has destroyed so many millions of human lives.
So from that standpoint, politics as a “system of control” using deception and lies, was a tremendous success. As a result of his success, Satan was able to begin a 6000 year reign of terror on the earth that has damaged and/or destroyed much of what God created.
The Failure of Politics
As great as the success of politics was, and is, for Satan, it has been the absolute biggest, and most destructive, failure for all of humanity. One only needs to consider what the human race lost when our primal parents gave in to the deception that changed everything God had created and given to his man.
God gave Adam and Eve ‘dominion’ over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.’ Along with the dominion, man was expected to care for and dress the perfect garden created for him; in other words, man lacked nothing needed for a happy and successful existence. He neither needed to break the ground to sow seed, nor break a sweat to produce his food. The earth had been blessed by God to produce everything they needed in abundance. Life before the curse caused by their disobedience was PERFECT.
We cannot even imagine a life on earth before the curse, or what life might be now if Satan had not been successful in deceiving the woman. As beautiful as some aspects of nature on the planet are, without the curse placed on it as a result of the success of “The Politician” (another name for Satan), we would all be living in a veritable paradise.
The system of politics, built on lies and deception and introduced by Satan, controls, or at least dominates, every government on earth. While that control seems wonderful for the politicians whose pockets bulge with their ill-gotten gain, with nearly all of them becoming wealthy beyond belief, the lives of ordinary people are not quite so glamorous. The endless and needless laws passed by politicians in governments have certainly not made life better for any of us; on the contrary, whenever a new law is passed by the US Congress, it usually means additional suffering for the average taxpayer. Every time the Congress passes a new bill and POTUS signs it into law, it will mean an increase in spending that must be funded by all US taxpayers.
The massive number of laws passed by the US Congress and signed into law by various presidents over the last 40 years have brought an unpayable level of debt upon this nation and all its citizens. Proverbs 22:7 states, “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender”. The debt now crushing the US citizen means that a formerly ‘free nation’ is now the slave to all the other nations that have funded the uncontrolled spending of US politicians. Just as Adam and Eve became slaves to Satan, the ‘new god of this world’, until that debt is paid, the United States will never again be truly free.
I am extremely frustrated that so many Americans still believe our political system exists to make life better for us. These deceived and deluded people are constantly putting their misplaced trust in this or that politician, none of whom is worthy of ANY trust, and I guarantee you, they WILL be disappointed when that politician does NOT accomplish what they promised to do for Americans. But, as they have done for many decades, they will just sigh and say, “Oh well, next election we’ll win the Congress, or the White House and that will finally change things.” But it won’t ‘change things’ because the ‘system’ does not want to be changed; the bloodsucking parasites who own the system will not allow it to be changed. To do so would dry up their endless flow of unearned money and would cramp their luxurious lifestyles. The lifeblood of the political system, the money that flows like the mighty Mississippi River, is what draws so many people into that system, and causes them to become something that never dreamed they would be.
I envisage, with at least some small hope, the day when people wake up and understand just how much damage politics has done and is still doing to their lives. I’m not pointing fingers at any political party more than another, as they are all guilty of the financial, cultural and social crises that now have made the US a joke and byword in the world. The political system OWNS the politicians who engage in it and that system is owned, in turn, by the globalist banking dynasties, corporate conglomerates and super wealthy elites of the world who in turn are owned by Satan.
Until the entire system is removed, nothing will change for the better. Politics can NEVER be a success for the individual citizen who only wants to be left alone to live, peacefully, quietly, in complete freedom.
Instead of living in freedom, peace and quietness, as we are told will happen if we pray according to God’s word, the people of the United States are subjected to the insane ideas of a small group of people who are completely dedicated to the destruction of our freedom, our peace and our quietness. We are subjected to the most palpable fear ever experienced in the history of our nation. That fear stems from the looming loss of our first freedom, the right of “free speech”. If Americans are silenced from expressing our personal views in any public forum, then we are no longer a free nation, and have become slaves to a small but powerful group that not only denies the existence of any of our rights, but also denies the existence of the God Who originally provided those rights.
For the people described in the last sentence, politics, and the entire political system, will always be a TOTAL FAILURE.
I truly wish I had a solution to the horrific mess politics has caused, not just in the US, but in the whole world. I continue to hear commentators insist that we, as Christians, MUST take part in the political system so that we can gain our share of the control that everyone seems to desire. What they fail to realize is that politics is a “worldly system”, initiated by Satan himself and perpetuated by every person who gets involved in it. There is NO GODLINESS whatsoever in politics, only evil, corruption, greed, and lust for the power that once belonged to Adam. However, mankind gave that power to a fallen angel who has used it very successfully to destroy billions of people in the last 6000 years.
The only human capable of handling the kind of power and control that once was Adam’s is the man, the second Adam, Christ Jesus, and until the lease on the earth that was given to the first Adam has expired, Jesus will NOT be stepping in to solve all the world’s problems. He came to earth originally as the Lamb of God to provide a way for all mankind to prosper as Adam would have, but mankind rejected Him and chose Satan’s system instead.
Since that time, mankind’s ability to govern himself has proven to be a complete failure, but when Jesus returns, He will arrive on planet earth, NOT as a lamb, but as the King of kings, and His first action will be to eliminate the ugly, corrupt political system that has dominated the lives of billions, leaving a wake of death and destruction; He will do this by eliminating ALL politicians who have rejected Him and by starting a new world kingdom that will cover the whole earth, and it will have only one Head: Jesus Christ.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:6-7 (emphasis mine).
I know there are many who will insist that we, as Christians, must partake in the political system to ensure that we are treated fairly by “the system’, and that our voices can be heard, but when has that ever been true? If a Christian tries to have a voice, using the foul system of politics, the demonic power of “the system” will not only drown out that voice, it will eliminate it if possible. Remember the account of John the Baptist who was “the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” (Mark 1:3). Remember also that John the Baptist was killed by the political system of his time for “trying to have a voice”. But that did not stop him for crying in the wilderness, and preparing the way of the Lord. He was not afraid to do as God commanded him even at the cost of His life.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:15-18 (emphasis mine)
If a Christian can enter politics with a pure, clean heart and a desire to truly change the status quo of the system, and still remain as Paul exhorted in his letters, then possibly some good can come from it. However, the problem is that the system does not like change, especially that encouraged or initiated by Christians. It was started by Lucifer, has been grown and maintained by Lucifer and his minions for centuries and to allow for a change that will eliminate the greed, corruption and unrighteousness from it WILL be hard-fought by Satan. But be prepared for a fight on Satan’s turf; that alone gives him an advantage that will be difficult to overcome, UNLESS, you are truly commanded by God to get into that fight.
I will close with this word: If you are determined to enter the foul world of politics and still try to maintain a pure, clean heart, please be prepared for the battle of your life. Satan is still “the god of this world and he does not like interlopers trying to change HIS world. Be ready to count the cost of your decision, using the words of Jesus as a guide:
“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Luke 14:27-31
Blessings and Maranatha
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