|Religion is a good thing but
it can fall on bad times. It
is because religion is made up of sinful people trying
to be better but sometimes quite naturally stumbling
and slipping as they climb the hill of grace. This
is only natural and to be expected.
I describe the good times in religion as transcendent,
life-affirming, grace-filled and caring. I describe the
stumbling and slipping times as holier than thou, self-righteous,
vindictively using a false morality to hide the meanly done
or to appear respectable. As we all know there is a real
morality and a “front” morality. In bad times religious people
can put on a moral mask to hide a mean and graceless heart.
The man in the mask is a politician gathering votes.
Jesus compares false religionists to wolves in sheep’s
clothing. Religion is often the sheep skin used to hide the
real matter of concern. This is shown in many ways as wolfish
interests deeply involved in social, colonial, economic, imperial
or political subterfuge hiding under a sheep skin of religion
to add respectability to some cause and garner votes.
A clever trick of political advertising takes “we want” and
to adjust it to “God Says.” This is done at times everywhere, and
by all different religions. JUST BECAUSE CAUSES ARE GIVEN AS
RELIGIOUS DOES NOT MEAN THEY ARE RELIGIOUS. We must beware of Greeks bearing gifts. Religion is inclined to be used like a
Trojan Horse by political and economic groups. Therefore do
not be gullible believers. Examine if your faith is being used
by wolves to give the image of lambs. Do not entertain wolves
unaware. If you find yourself in a common cause with wolves,
do not believe in innocence by association anymore than guilt
by association. Know the nature of who you work with. Keep your
backs to the wall with politicians. Don’t be fooled.
Be wary in politics. Politics is the art of compromising.
Religion seeks the ideal of God. Yet if you seek to be
ideal and refuse to do your part in corrupting politics then
government will grow up in weeds from no activity against evil.
Politics cannot be left to the corrupt although politics corrupts
naturally because it is seeking a compromised consensus.
The art of compromise is the art of politicians. It
satisfies no one. No one is happy with a compromise, therefore
life is always irritating. To have to be governed by
compromisers makes constant resentment. Thus there is nothing
as bitter as politics.
It is best the churches not take part directly in politics,
all consider what is good, and what is not good. Consider if
Dr. James MacLeod may be contacted through the Neill Macaulay Foundation.