The new election cycle has restarted in the United States as candidates jockey for position in state primary elections, all leading to the November 2018 elections. This cycle is replete with labels of socialism, liberalism, conservatism, egalitarianism, capitalism, egalitarianism, totalitarianism, despotism, misogynism and sexism.
Too many -isms!
I will add one more to this list-American exceptionalism, the principle that the United States is unique compared to other nations because of its guiding principles of democracy and freedom. Exceptionalism is at the heart of many of these debates. The United States is the most powerful nation on this earth and because of its current position, it may be expedient to assume that the principles for which it stands must be good for the rest of the world.
America is less than 300 hundred years old and is only one in the line of numerous empires and countries in the history of this world, all once claiming their brand of exceptionalism. For sure, the principles of democracy and freedom have liberated millions of people leading to greater prosperity. Thus, when pundits voice opposition to American exceptionalism, this is often met with a hostile response, even charges of treason and unpatriotism. The question still remains, is there an ideal type of government? Is there a perfect leader?
Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
Isaiah 9:7 (ESV)
When Jesus Christ returns to this earth, He will return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He will be an absolute monarch with unlimited power. Some of us are preconditioned to think the worst of absolute power, equating it with evil and despotism. Jesus is God and He will have the perfect government.
Too many -sims?
The only true exceptionalism is to look to Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.