Last year threw some political surprises with Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidential victory, but where is God in the midst of all the chaos? He’s always in control, says J.John
Many of us are still adjusting to the second great political upheaval of the past year. For some it is a time of delight and for others one of dismay. Although there will be deeper and wis-er analysis of these events, one obvious common feature of the Brexit referendum and the US presidential election is that they were not so much won by the winners as lost by the losers. They were both fundamentally protest votes; an assertive anti-establishment protest by those who feel hard done by against those in power who they hold responsible for their plight.
A second – and troubling – feature is that they were not good, clean cam-paigns. There was far too little truth and honesty and far too much of the sound-bite, the allegation, and the subtle play on fear, hatred and greed. So what do I as a Christian make of it all? I am reminded of the great passage in the Gospels (Matthew 22:15–22) where Jesus is asked about paying taxes to Caesar, the seemingly all-powerful and hated head of the Roman occupying power. The well-known conclusion of the account is Jesus’ statement: “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”