Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.” vss. 3-4Psalm 146:1-4
We don’t know exactly when this psalm was written, but the writer had obviously been around the track a few times. He’d lived long enough to know that princes were not to be trusted–and in our day we could probably add politicians to that list. It’s not that they’re all bad people or that they don’t occasionally have good ideas, but even the best of them get old and die. And when that happens, they’re rapidly forgotten. It really is amazing then, that in these election years we get so fired up about the candidates running for office. They manufacture hysteria about inconsequential matters and regularly engage in passing on distortions and intentional lies. Of course, the election does matter–there are important decisions to be made on a state and national level about the future. But in twenty years we’ll be hard pressed to even name the winners–not all will die, but they certainly pass out of mind. In some ways this is disappointing. It would be nice if some galvanizing leaders would come along and transform the world forever. But messiahs are a rare breed, and the best of them aren’t politicians. And the best one of all has already come! And there’s probably no need for another one!
Thought for the Day: Why do people keep trusting politicians?