What is the psalmist saying? He is addressing God as sole Creator of everything that exists–everything that exists spiritually, because only things of Spirit, God are real. The universe of God’s creation is composed of spiritual ideas that express the divine nature of God, Soul, Spirit, Principle–divine Law. Evil has no presence or reality. Further, he is saying everything in the world of Spirit belongs to God. The question then becomes, “Is there anything in the earth or world created by God that does not express righteousness, goodness and purity?” My response, “No!” Where does that leave politics?
Politics is a human entity, based on human beliefs, desires and laws, and within itself, it has no spiritual identity. The only thing spiritual about the operation of politics in the human experience, are the thoughts of each person in politics. If those thoughts are corrupt, inhumane, dishonest and evil, politics will be inhumane, corrupt and evil. Thus, it is essential that character traits such as, honesty, truthfulness, intelligence, justice, equality and divine activity are heard, seen and demonstrated by the person holding such a position and ones aspiring to acquire a position. If these character traits are not communicated in some way, the person will not practice them in word and deed while in office. Society can no longer ignore spiritual attributes not expressed by individuals who serve in local, state and national government. Why? Because one devoid of moral values will execute immoral values and each of us will suffer in some way!
Evil is no respecter of person, wealth, race, color or religion. Wealth has not and will not eliminate destruction of country and the world! Pure thoughts sent into the world help promote world peace. Evil thoughts emptied into the world promote destruction of the world–wars, storms, fires and multitudinous disasters. It is never the work of God to destroy the world he created–a world of love, comfort and truth. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: Not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). I ask you, “Is the world today very peaceful?” Peacefulness yields peacefulness and destruction yields destruction. The thoughts of Jesus calmed the tempest. We must discover the thoughts he embodied and daily seek to fill our consciousnesses with the same quality of thought.
What is pervasive in politics today, is what is pervasive in the hearts and minds of people in the world? Money, power, greed fill the atmosphere. The attitude is, “Everything for me and I don’t care about anyone else. I will close my eyes to hate, bigotry, lies, deceit and man’s inhumanity to man as long as I get what I want.”
America, this is not who we are. We are a nation under God–a God of truth, righteousness and peace. Compromising ourselves in government means compromising ourselves in life. I am gratified and hopeful in the actions taken by the people of Alabama in the election yesterday. They said, “Enough is enough! Politics cannot dominate my life –truth must be the determining factor.”
It is often said, “What a person does in his personal life and business, have nothing to do with how he functions in government!” That is so untrue. A person’s personal and business life reflect the thoughts, ideas and principles by which he lives. Those will not change unless the foundation of his principles and values change. That scene is acted out over-and-over in politics not only in this country, but in countries throughout the world. Spirituality is not religion! These are two separate entities which can or cannot be compatible. Religion is governed by a set of rules and principles of a particular person or group. Spirituality has its basis in the divine laws of God, the understanding of those laws and day-to-day execution of those laws. Thus, for politics to serve humanity, it must be governed by spirituality. . . otherwise . . . we fail!