Okay. Fine. I’m going to break down and do something that I don’t normally do; indeed, something that I actively avoid.
I’m going to quote from the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
Behold, question 35 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism states:
Q. What is sanctification?
A. Sanctification is the work of Godâ€™s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.
A simple thought, and one that is probably not controversial among Christians. I especially like that bit about sanctification being a work of God’s free grace. Yep, God renews His people in the whole man. Gives one hope, doesn’t it? Almost an audacious hope, you might say. Change, sent as a free gift from God.
So, if change is a work of God, then why do we act like the government can effect change? This isn’t just a shot at Obama, by the way. Republicans also act as though the government can create positive, permanent social change. Just implement the right policies, appoint the right justices, and fill the right Congressional seats, and we will be able to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.
But government cannot change society, because government cannot change the hearts of men. Government can inspire, affirm, threaten, browbeat, and execute, but it cannot bring true change to the hearts of men. Only God can do that.
And what are His methods? The Holy Spirit, the waters of baptism, the preaching of the Word, the communal breaking of bread. These were not given to the government, but rather to the Church, the emissaries of God upon the earth.
So why do the emissaries of God in this country now look to the sons of men for the strength and power to change the hearts of men? The Scriptures are clear: “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.” (Psalm 146:3-4)
Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans nor any other political figure or party can give us the change that we need. Yet we persist in throwing what is sacred to the dogs. Our judgment is just.