Stinking Politics Aside, God is Our Refuge!

Posted on October 20, 2020


By David Ettinger

Nasty, Stinking Politics
Politics stink! And though politics stink all the time, they are particularly rancid at Presidential election time. It is at this time every four years when politics are more nasty, mean-spirited, and odious than ever. As my friend Bruce said on his fine blog today, “it’s not hard to see that politics is a worldly process that is a far cry from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Amen to that!

And tragically, each Presidential election cycle gets worse. I have followed Presidential elections since 1980, and have never seen anything as repulsive as this year’s – not just among the actual presidential hopefuls, but from members of the two major parties. And things will only get worse.

Higher Stakes
But what’s really disheartening about this specific time is the stakes involved – they are higher and more treacherous. For instance, I remember the Presidential elections of 1992 and 1996, when Bill Clinton took on first George H.W. Bush and then Bob Dole.

I voted for the Republican each time, but even when the Democrat Clinton won both elections, it wasn’t all that alarming. Though liberal, President Clinton was not that liberal, and did nothing by way of policy to cripple our country. Life here in the States was fine and dandy during President Clinton’s two terms, and – though we were always morally descending – Christians felt no real threat to their religious freedoms.

Now, however, the stakes are far greater. The left has become so morally bankrupt and anti-God/anti-Christian that there truly is a threat to religious freedom. At the same time, the possibility of a progressive-Democratic hat trick of Presidential-congressional-senatorial domination can lead to a tsunami of anti-Biblical legislation the likes of which our nation has never seen.

Yes, there is much at stake in the U.S. during this nasty, stinking Presidential election season.

Our Refuge and Strength
Sadly, too many Christians are quaking in their boots, and this irks me. Yes, there is much need for concern as we see our nation sink further and further into the abyss of depravity, but we forget that no matter what happens, God continues to sit firmly on His throne. He has not gone anywhere and is not going anywhere.

So, what if we suffer a complete Democratic takeover? I suggest these verses from Psalm 46. Read them. Mull over them. Contemplate them. Digest them. And be strengthened by them!

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth”
(Psalm 46:1-3, 7, 10, emphasis added).

Do these eternal truths help relieve your anxiety? They should. These are nasty, stinking times we live in, and the stakes are mighty high, but ALWAYS remember that God is our refuge and strength!