Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
James, who is believed to be the half brother of Christ, wrote these words over 1900 years ago.
I find these words to ring true today, and I thought I would share how true they are for those who profess to serve us each day in the political world. The point I wanted to make with these prophetic words is to those who delude themselves into believing that our “representatives” and “leaders”, no matter which side, are there for some altruistic desire to make this world a better place for you and me.
That belief, that sentiment, is pure bullshit!
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.
Think of all the politicians and imagine you have them all in one room. James asks this question, “Who is wise and understanding among you?”
What would be their reaction?
I’ll tell you what it would be. It would be a stampede to the front of the room. They would all want to be the first to stand up and tell you just how wise and understanding they are. But then the next part of Verse 13 is a total contradiction to these incredibly wise and understanding leaders.
By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.
Of course when James would speak these words they’d all tell him about all the awesomely amazing epic good works they have done, thus missing the whole point of James’s words.
If there were one person left seated in that room, who remained in the back questioning his wisdom and understanding, realizing that they had much to learn, who understood that through their works and not their words are important changes made, well then you should immediately make them the leader.
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.
Well every politician has bitter jealousy, selfish ambition and is false to the truth, although they would all swear to you that that’s not true.
This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
There is a very good reason governments want religion out of their sight. Just by reading James 3:13-16 you can see how the Bible warns us of the destruction of swimming in the seas of politics.
So where does this leave us?
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
My point from all of this is make sure you don’t put your faith and well-being in the misguided hands of your “representatives” and “leaders”. For their state of affairs always has been and always will be in disorder and vile.
The nature of the beast that draws these people into the lifetime career of “public service” is rooted in selfish ambition filled with covetousness. Do not rely on governments to fix your problems and make your world a better place to live.
Do as James says in verse 13 and let your good conduct show in your works, not speeches about how wonderful you are. Let it show in the meekness of wisdom.
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