A Pause in the Action

I do plan to make comments on Obama’s speech last night and the surprise that McCain pulled on the nation with his choice of Sarah Palin as his VP. But, for now, I just want to pause a minute and say something else that is on my heart.

It is very easy to get caught up in the drama of politics. It is also easy to spend all one’s time trying to ensure that Biblical principles permeate the society, whether in government or other aspects of culture.

But one thing must remain fundamental: a strong personal connection to the One who gives life meaning. Without Him, there is no reason for any of this.

I recall a time in my life when I was sick of politics. What caused it? I had been working so hard to educate people in the need for Christians to get involved, but then experienced a season of disillusionment over the types of Christians I saw getting involved. Some of them seemed more concerned with the perks of office and the prestige that political power gave them. They would talk a good talk, but I was less than impressed by their walk.

I began to wonder: is this what happens to everyone who gets involved? Would it perhaps be better to avoid high-profile positions and simply work behind the scenes?

Well, that disillusionment didn’t last too long. While working on my book about the Clinton impeachment, I came face to face with individuals who were effective in office and maintained their integrity. It was refreshing to be reminded that even though some may lose their way spiritually, there are others who continue to be faithful.

At one point, the prophet Elijah moaned that he was the only faithful person left. The response he received from the Lord was that He had preserved a remnant who were still faithful. That remnant is still here, and God is still at work in our society.

Our job? Simply be one of the faithful remnant.