“The elders and prominent men are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail. Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray. Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men, nor will he pity the fatherless and widows, for everyone is ungodly and wicked, every mouth speaks vileness. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.” (Reference: Isaiah 9:15-17 )
I may have said before, but I say again, historic Anabaptists and many modern Anabaptists/Mennonites do not have much use for politics or politicians. And not just politicians and governmental leaders, but political pundits, commentators, and analysts. The words of Isaiah, thought historic Anabaptist Paul Glock, fit the civil/state leaders of his day as well as the leaders the writer of Isaiah was speaking to. Glock wrote, “Receive the Holy Spirit, the Comforter whom the world cannot receive. Thus the government is worldly and not spiritual and is counted as a rod of God in the hand of the Father, which the Father uses on disobedient children. As soon as the rod becomes useless, the Father throws it into the fire. Thus will God do to you, godless magistrates. For just as you are appointed for the condemnation of murderers and evildoers because of their wickedness, so also the judgment and fire of God will come over you magistrates on account of your great vices and wickedness in which you indulge, namely blasphemy, adultery, murder, theft and avarice, full of all
unrighteousness, disputing, deception of the heart, evil habits, drinking, and eating. On account of these vices, fire and pain will be your reward, Isa. 9:17.”
It almost causes me to smile to think about these words applied to the political and governmental whomsoevers of our time. “Almost” because I remember they are just people – people who for whatever reason have become involved in the political machine for whatever reason. Whether they entered into this forum for good reasons and intentions, or not so good, they are part of humanity and creation. And I cannot assign them to the doom that Glock pronounces. After all, we all live in this fallen world and are just trying to do the best we can with what we have and what we know. Plus, we have a good span of days under this theme. Time enough to separate the good intentioned wheat from the chaff.