Occasionally as I scroll through my Twitter timeline, I find myself holding my breath. Half-expecting to see that the conversation is about a new horrific tragedy, the thrill of social media is frequently bittersweet. Instances of police brutality, mass shootings and social catastrophes have become a new, twisted normal.
Every time something like this happens, we collectively ask why? If we could answer this question, then we could prevent the tragedy from ever happening again and the world would be cured of at least one more affliction. Society would be better as a result.
As Christians we understand that we are born sinners. The Bible makes this very clear in places like Psalm 51:31 and Romans 3:232. Everybody is marred with sin. Everybody comes up short of God's demands; we all are guilty of walking in ungodliness.
So when we ask the question, why did another school shooting happen or why did another act of police brutality happen, or why does discrimination still exist, we can draw a straight line back to sin. It is ungodliness that causes a man to hate another man; it is sinfulness that blinds us all to the image of God in our neighbor.
With the upcoming 2016 presidential election, we as Christians, whether you lean right or left, must not believe that we are electing a savior that will heal our cultural ills. For so long as there is sin in the heart of man, there will be death and destruction. Therefore, we should be eager as the Church to administer the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the word that overcomes sin, destruction, and death. The Gospel is the power of salvation.3
Surely, the government has a role in protecting its people through the institution of laws and the policing of those laws. However, we as Christians must temper our expectations of government. Government, while instituted by God and a tool in his hands, cannot save us; government will never heal the world.
Government at its very best is driven by the sinful heart of man, the church at its very best is driven by the just and loving heart of God.
Government at its very best is driven by the sinful heart of man. The Church at its very best is driven by the just and loving heart of God. It is by the Church that the Gospel is made known and it is by the Gospel that the world is healed. Remember this when you exercise your right to vote this November.