Written by Jim Jordal   
Thursday, 14 March 2013


by Jim Jordal

"No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth, they trust in empty words and speak lies; they conceive evil and bring forth iniquity…Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off…

For truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter, so truth fails, And he who departs from evil makes himself a prey."

Isaiah 59:4, 14-15, NKJV

Yes, truth has seemingly fallen in the street during this election campaign. One writer in fact wonders if our society has not now entered the "Post Truth" era where truth no longer matters, but only perceptions of reality and victory really matter.

My purpose is not to recommend either parties or candidates, but to merely state what God’s word clearly says to those seeking political power and to those supporting them. God speaks about policies, actions and results more than the humans who carry them out. So I’ll attempt to do the same.

In the Bible passage above, Isaiah laments that "No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies." He means that political power, preservation of wealth, and sectarian strategies have overcome the search for justice and truth. Truth now becomes hackneyed political slogans, half-truths, and "spins" able to turn truth into falsehood. Candidates seldom write their own speeches; they depend upon advisors and writers who gloss over reality and mould public attitudes. Truth becomes whatever candidates can most loudly and vociferously project; and politics becomes a mere game of who can best survive personal attacks and gross misrepresentations of past actions.

Then Isaiah mentions, "They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity." That is the exact opposite of what political parties and candidates should be doing. Their God-given role is to "Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy" (Proverbs 31:8-9, NKJV). Yes, candidates do open their mouths, but too often in favor of the power elite rather than the people. Politics should result in deliverance rather than further oppression.

Next, Isaiah bemoans the passing of justice and truth with these words: "Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter." Justice for all has become justice for the few, and righteousness seems relegated to the small number of people not yet brainwashed by political propaganda. Equity, or fairness, cannot survive this onslaught of lies. But what really bothers me is when I hear well-meaning people regurgitating these lies as if they were the gospel truth. I Guess this is merely more evidence that lies spoken loudly and persistently can change public perceptions of reality.

Isaiah closes with these words: "So truth falls, and he who departs from evil make himself a prey." Under this Alice-in-Wonderland scenario, any politician on the national level who chooses to stand forthrightly for truth and justice becomes prey at the mercy of slathering wolves of special interest groups now able to unload truckloads of money to control political outcomes. This is courtesy of the much hated, but still existing Citizens United Supreme Court decision of 2010.

So now money trumps truth and justice in the political arena. In this cesspool of falsehoods and power plays, what should you as a concerned citizen do? One thing that helps me is that I know God is still in control and, as the prophet Daniel says in his interpretation of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, "In order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men (Daniel 4:17b, NKJV). So when you vote remember that God is in charge and gives victory to whatever candidate he chooses. But remember also that God sometimes allows oppressive, untruthful leadership to arise as punishment and correction for the national proclivity of forgetting God’s word in our mad search for pleasure and possessions. The purpose of poor leadership is to draw us back to dependence upon God. And the purpose of good leadership is to implement righteousness and justice in human affairs.

All scripture taken from the New King James Version, Copyright 1978, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.