Six or seven thousand years ago, there was a politician who had a great idea. He announced to the two other leaders of the Kingdom, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground” (Gen.1:26). The following verses describe how God created man and woman. Now, it would be nice to be the proverbial fly on the wall to see how the actual conversation came about, and how long the discussion between the Godhead took place. God had already created the angels quite some time before this. He had created them with a free will, they were free thinking, and they made their own decisions. One wonders if the conversation of man’s creation included them, and if they offered any suggestions.
Lucifer, the angel who had been God’s most beautiful creation according to Ezekiel, was appointed to be the “guardian cherub” in Eden. If this was so, then it would be safe to assume that other angels also had the freedom to travel between Heaven and Earth. God came down and conversed with Adam and Eve, and visited with Lucifer. One can have the perception that since Lucifer was the guardian cherub, he began to become jealous and desirous of the riches that God had created and entrusted to him.
Here is where the real politics, as we know it, came into being. Lucifer began to conjure up a “platform” on which to spread his political ideals. He may have had little conventions to plan his rise to power, to overthrow God, and become the sole ruler of all heaven and earth. He may have negotiated with each angel, bribed them, and made promises to them, maybe offering rewards, or a portion of his kingdom if they would help him attain the supreme power. And so begin the lies, backroom meetings, and deceptions of politics we all know to well.
With all his planning and conniving, Lucifer lost his bid. He was excommunicated from heaven, along with all of his followers, which numbered to one third of all of the angels God created. It was estimated by Bishop of Tusculum (c. 1273)*, 133,306,668 angels were excommunicated from heaven with Lucifer, and later reaffirmed by Alphonso de Spina (c.1460)*. How they came up with this number, no one knows. Regardless of the number, God must have felt a great deal of sadness to have to take such drastic measures.
The politics of man is much the same. Regardless of what political doctrine we hold to our heart, there is only one problem involved with it. We want to govern OUR lives as WE see fit, no matter what the consequences, physical or spiritual. God created us, He knows what is best for us. But since we were created with a free will, we think we know better. There will be a time when politics will be no more; it may be soon. But this is for sure, politics has come a long way from the “Let us…” speech from one of God’s personalities to now. The problem is, it is the long way away from God.
The politics of lies and deception of Lucifer are the political thinking of today. We ask ourselves, what can I do to put the screws to my fellow man? It’s time to get back to God and his way of life and put the politics in the garbage disposal where it belongs. And, oh, make sure to turn the disposal on.