It’s fair to say that we live in a cynical age. Everything is questioned, picked apart and doubted. But it’s no wonder. This past week or so has seen the nation and the government divided, leading to a bubbling over of hate and prejudice, with accusations flying from both sides.
There’s a fair amount of people that just stay right out of politics and some that don’t even vote. When I ask them why, they usually say something along the lines of “All the politicians are as bad as each other.” Now, as much as I wish everyone would use their right to vote, I can understand the feeling behind this.
We may be full of cynicism about our leaders, but we’re still disappointed (and angry) when they let us down, or don’t fulfil their promises. Ultimately, politicians (just like the rest of us) are human, and mess up frequently. Granted, their failings have a much bigger impact than most of us, but people let us down all the time. Whether it’s a friend, family member, a mentor, church leader, teacher, even the people we love and trust are still human and cause us hurt. The more trust or hope we put in someone, the more painful the sting of disappointment.
This may all sound a bit depressing, but this week I’ve found freedom in a very simple truth. Forgive me for stating the obvious, but my heart is so secure in the knowledge that our real leader, the true King, is Jesus. He never lets us down, never fails us, is faithful to every promise, sets us free with truth and turns everything upside down.
When Jesus walked on earth, He turned around the expectations for leadership by washing his disciples’ feet and talking about becoming a servant.
“But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many’.” (Matthew 20:25-28)
This doesn’t mean we’re off the hook: we can be used by God to bring healing to this broken world, to stand up for the oppressed, to speak out against injustice and intolerance. But let’s find peace in the truth of who we’re really ruled by.