The Idolatry of Politics

Michael Beck

“Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.” (Psalm 60:11)

Today’s “woke” movement is the newest development of the “enlightenment” experiment that began centuries ago. At that time, the wise of this world, enamored with their own capacity to “think for themselves,” advocated throwing off the yoke of Biblical revelation. But how has the experiment worked out? Is man any wiser? Is the world running any better with man at the helm? Man’s attempt to become wiser has made him more foolish. The fool has said in his heart: “No” to God. (Ps. 14:1)

Proud man refuses to believe he needs God’s involvement in his affairs. To the contrary, he believes that the God revealed in the pages of the Bible is his special enemy and a hindrance to progress. With one voice, the world is readier than ever to declare: “We will not have him rule over us!” (Lk. 19:14)

The more a society turns from God, the more they will turn to man. To those who have lost their faith in the saving power of God, salvation is found in politics. Human leaders are looked to who will represent the will and mind of a godless populace. Government replaces God. “If only,” a nervous citizenry believes, we can find the “right” form of government – all will be well.

The church of Jesus Christ dare not fall into the world’s folly. No political system or charismatic figure will lead us into the promised land. “For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20) Only the return of Christ and the establishment of His kingdom throughout the earth will solve our world’s present woes. When the government is upon His shoulders there will be a continuous increase of righteousness and peace. Until Jesus has ascended His earthly throne, the wise let Him rule their own hearts.

God has always had an issue with His people when they relied on human powers rather than Him. He is a jealous God. Let us not provoke Him to jealousy by our eyes that look elsewhere. Politics is the idol of our day.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.