(December 29, 2014)
What we have here is a wonderful example of something that we see far too commonly today. There was a man with nothing more than political ambitions, and yet we see that he at first attempted to couch his political ambitions in the illusion of the Lord’s approval. He even claimed to speak for the Lord, asking whether he would have come up had not the Lord instructed him to. But when push came to shove, he revealed his contempt for the Lord and his belief in the powerlessness of the Lord.
We see that nowadays – particularly from one portion of the political left. They will quote scripture and state that being a good Christian (or Mormon) demands being a political liberal. They will be offended at any slight of their political position, especially if it is backed by scripture (they would certainly be apoplectic at this entry). And yet, when push comes to shove, they show over and over again that their true religion is their political position and they ultimately feel that God is powerless next to politics.
This isn’t to say that all leftist are like this, of course – I know several devout believers far to the left of me. But it is instead to point out that we must be careful to discern between those who believe in a religion that informs their politics (whether driving them left or right) and those who believe in politics which informs their religion.