You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

Let’s not turn politicians into saviors

I was at a hair salon recently, when a stylist and her client grew visibly angry as they discussed the upcoming election.

Their voices rose, their words became tinged with obscenities — and a black cloud seemed to gather in the room.

Anger has become the emotion du jour, as some folks on social media are dramatically threatening to leave the country if so-and-so is elected— while others claim so-and-so is the Antichrist, who will usher in the end times.

Instead of succumbing to such desolate thoughts, maybe we should examine our expectations. Do we want the president to give us peace of mind, profound security — and a sense of hope?

If so, we are sadly barking up the wrong proverbial tree because no human being can do this.

This is a fallen world, which means sin, disease, violence — and death — are woven into the fabric of everyday life. No president can stop cancer, smooth over family rifts, remove emotional suffering — or make death obsolete.

No president can prevent folks from squabbling over politics; envying their neighbors; and cheating on their spouses.

Yes, of course, it matters who you vote for, but it’s a sad day when we turn politicians into gods.

In the Gospel story, when a crowd gathered to stone a woman accused of adultery, Jesus squelched their bloody intentions by saying, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”

He took a big risk with those words, but he knew human nature well enough to predict everyone would slink away — because we’re all sinners.

It’s tempting to believe a politician can somehow erase our troubles, but God alone gives “the peace that surpasses understanding.” Which is why Jesus said, “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Walter Ciszek, a Polish-American Jesuit priest, certainly could say amen to that. He suffered in Russian concentration camps for decades, and despite starvation and torture, remained faithful to God — and secretly ministered to other prisoners.

In “The Screwtape Letters,” C.S. Lewis presents fictional conversations between a demon, Screwtape, and his nephew, Wormwood, as they plot to lure a man into the devil’s clutches.

One plan they concoct is getting the fellow more enthusiastic about political matters than his faith.

“Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours,” says Screwtape.

The book was written in 1942, but the sentiment certainly rings true today. We must put our hope in God — who made heaven and earth — and stop expecting human beings to save us.

And even if the wrong so-and-so is elected, we must keep the faith, remain prayerful — and soldier on.

Lorraine Murray’s most recent church mystery is “Death Dons a Mask.” Her email is

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Living

TV best bets with the Oscars, ‘Bates Motel,’ ‘How to Get Away With Murder,’ Maya Angelou
TV best bets with the Oscars, ‘Bates Motel,’ ‘How to Get Away With Murder,’ Maya Angelou

This was posted Sunday, February 19, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk Jimmy Kimmel has the unenviable task of hosting the Academy Awards this year on Sunday. Besides “La La Land,” favorites to win include Casey Affleck, Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali. Otherwise, a few shows are coming back (A&E’s &ldquo...
‘Funky Drummer’ Clyde Stubblefield dead at 73
‘Funky Drummer’ Clyde Stubblefield dead at 73

Clyde Stubblefield, whose 20-second drum break to open James Brown’s 1970 single “Funky Drummer” became one of hip-hop’s most popular samples, died Saturday, Rolling Stone reported. He was 73. His wife, Jody Hannon, told The Associated Press that Stubblefield died of kidney failure at a Madison, Wisconsin, hospital. He had been...
Healthy Aging: Serving seniors is a family affair
Healthy Aging: Serving seniors is a family affair

The older adults who answer their door to Lincoln Wilson on a given Friday midmorning are more than happy to do so, and it’s only partly because the teenager is carrying a tray with their lunch balanced on top. It’s also because the 17-year-old is so nice and polite and helpful. They may ask him to help solve a computer problem, which he...
Dog stolen 7 years ago reunited with owner
Dog stolen 7 years ago reunited with owner

A California woman and her dog were reunited on Saturday in North Carolina -- seven years after she said someone stole him. Early Saturday morning, Kelly Accettola and Bemis reconnected at the Wilkinson Animal Hospital in Gastonia. Bemis was microchipped at the time someone stolen him in 2011, and in December a woman in Gastonia ...
Wrestler Ivan Koloff, known as 'The Russian Bear,' dies at 74
Wrestler Ivan Koloff, known as 'The Russian Bear,' dies at 74

World Wrestling Entertainment star Ivan Koloff has died at the age of 74.WWE announced the news on Twitter. Koloff, nicknamed "The Russian Bear," was a rival of star wrestler Bruno Sammartino, and the two had many memorable moments in the ring.Koloff suffered from liver disease, according to his daughter, Rachel Marley. She started a ...
More Stories