Election time has got me down. I don’t like politics, and I really hate having political conversations. I guess I’m a cynic (thanks mom). You know how I love words, so I decided to look up and see if I really was a cynic.
1. a person who believes that only selfishness motivates human actions and who disbelieves in or minimizes selfless acts or disinterested points of view.
2. ( initial capital letter ) one of a sect of Greek philosophers,4th century b.c., who advocated the doctrines that virtue is the only good, that the essence of virtue is self-control, and that surrender to any external influence is beneath human dignity.
3. a person who shows or expresses a bitterly or sneeringly cynical
Yep, I’m a Cynic
I’m sure it has something to do with the way I was raised, but I truly identify with the first definition of Cynic. I usually believe that people are acting selfishly. It reminds me of that friends episode where Phoebe was trying hard to find a way to do a truly selfless act
, I guess I’m a bit like Joey in this episode (scary words). Phoebe couldn’t find a truly selfless act. I my cynicism also starts because I know of my own selfishness. I want good things to happen to me. I don’t mind if they happen to other people too, but I want my life to be good.
Cynical about Politicians, but not God
I think every politician has their own agenda, and even if they do have the people’s best interest at heart, eventually they’re all led astray by their own selfish ambition and personal agendas. They may achieve some good, but it always seems coupled with controversy and unkind words for someone of an opposing view. But God is different. God is Good, and our God reigns. He’s the ultimate authority, above all the politicians and rulers of this world.
How God Reigns
What a wonderful thing it is for us as Christians to know that our God reigns. In the verse above, we see His agenda, “The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.” The beauty of it being God who reigns is that he actually knows who is truly wicked. He cares for those others don’t care about. He shows compassion on us even though we are inherently selfish and sinful. We don’t have to worry about who will be elected, because our God reigns. If you think the politician you hate is evil, you can rest assured that if he (or she) is, God has the power to frustrate their actions. We can trust in our good and gracious God to have our best interest at heart and allow us to learn and grow in Him no matter who is in power in our country.