This weekend our pastor at the Global Vision Bible Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee preached on 1 Peter 3:8-11. Verses 10 & 11 really caught my attention. They read, “For the one who wants to love life and to see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit, and he must turn away from evil and do what is good. He must seek peace and pursue it….”
My pastor summed up these verses with the following admonition: “Life at its fullest is lived by speaking no deception, hating all corruption and minimizing our divisions.” These words are aimed primarily at those within the church, because we are to love the brethren and be of one mind. But my immediate thought was that, my gosh, this describes everything I hate about politics.
1. Politicians deceive. And it’s not just Democrats. Some Republicans deceive, too. They lie to us. They misrepresent themselves and their opponents. They tell us right is wrong and wrong is right. They tell us love is hate and hate is love.
2. Politicians are easily corrupted. There is no greater example of this than the Clintons. Ironically, the very ones who write the laws the rest of us are expected to live by exempt themselves from their own laws.
3. Politicians divide us. They divide us according to economic class, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, just about every way you can imagine. They then pit these groups against each other and assert themselves as peacemakers, when they are the cause of the angst and consternation in the first place.