On Politics…

Politics becomes fierce and divisive precisely when people trust in it as a kind of transcendence, a structure that gives overarching meaning and direction to their lives and their world. As politics replaces God its ebbs and flows gain a significance well beyond the normal transitory flow of life. There is a kind of transcendent, even eternal, aspect to it so that wins and losses are not just things that can be changed in time but rather reflect on the core of the personhood of the people who hold the political opinions. For Christians politics is always about lesser kingdoms, temporary kingdoms, and when it achieves the substance in the Christians mind of the Kingdom of God it has warped itself into something dark and even unholy no matter how good the motives may appear to be.