As I watch the news, I find that I cannot stand to hear about our current political situation. With Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton vying for the presidency of the U.S.A. we have more than enough to drive one mad. To make matters worse, the Democratic Party continually moves to the left with a bizarre mix of anti- God, anti- family, anti- American, anti- citizen and anti- economic growth policies that are sure to doom this country if they have their way. Even worse is the Republican party which is moving to the left along with the Democratic Party. Consequently, there really is no opposition party. The whole system is broken and is on the road to self- destruction. Sadly, too many voters think that the parties are acting in their interests, but nothing could be farther from the truth.

The Democratic Party have made a sacrament out of abortion and homosexuality. These attacks on life and the family will result in a smaller population and a lower Gross Domestic Product. Not content with its self- destructive ways, the Democratic Party is pushing to make an open border so that illegal aliens can come and go as they please. Unfortunately, this opens the door for terrorists, as well. Even more amazing is the Democratic push for its green agenda that will only further impoverish the country in the name of climate change. So how are these things going to help Democratic voters?

The Republican party do not help their voter base either. Even with majorities in the House and the Senate, Republican leadership is feckless and pathetic. Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan appear to be graduates of the French Surrender Monkey School of leadership. Most Republican voters are conservative, but most Republican politicians are not. These Republican politicians may criticize Donald Trump for not being conservative, but neither are they.

Most republican voters want the Republican Party to be the opposition to the Democratic Party. So gridlock is just fine for most Republican voters (the opposite of progress is Congress). Most Republican politicians are severely confused. Somehow they think that Republican voters want immigration reform. They also believe that Republican voters want a weak military and increased entitlements. The Republican establishment is completely out of touch with their voter base.

In spite of everything some Christian voters do to get their favorite politician in office, nothing seems to change. Why is this the case? There are just a few things that we must remember. First, we live in a fallen world. As a result, all human governments in the Bible are viewed as beasts. These beast governments act contrary to the will of God. They are led by fallen angelic powers that keep men blinded to the truth. The constant move to the left that our government is taking is the result of a spiritually darkened political leadership, along with a gullible and spiritually blinded electorate. Too many of our leaders are blinded from the truth and lead the country in the wrong direction. Too many voters act uncritically and elect the wrong kind of politicians so that things rarely change for the good.

Second, the fallen world that we live in not only affects our political leaders, but many others as well. For example, fallenness affects the media, those in education, and anyone in a place of authority. John 10:10 tells us that Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy. This includes our political economic systems, as well as our families and churches. Satan attacks through lies and deception. He affects religious leaders, as well as any one else. Satan inspires false religions, like Islam, which results in a host of evils upon this world.

Third, we need to understand all of the problems of our society in light of spiritual warfare. Just as Satan attempts to decieve, and confuse with lies and deception, we must give people the truth. It is, however, not enough to give people the truth. We must give people the truth in love, not in anger or strife. People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care. Cultural engagement is God’s work and it must be done His way, and in His power.

The “Grand Illusion” is that we can change the world by using its power and methods. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 12: 9, that God’s power is made perfect in weakness. When we show people the love of Christ, tell them the truth and pray for them, then the Lord will change their way of thinking. This does not mean that we should not do our best to put the right kind of people in office. The Irish philosopher and politician, Edmund Burke rightly said “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.” Just as Nehemiah had people keep one hand on the trowel and the other on the sword, we must be prepared to work as if we never prayed and pray as if we never worked.