Introduction

To say life is complex is to state the obvious, and there are few places where it gets more complex than at the intersection of church and state, religion and politics, and spirituality and governance.

In religion we enter the world of metaphysics (life beyond physics), where we seek to answer the questions of the purpose and meaning of life and life after death. In the world of government, we deal with law and order, economic growth and development, and public safety and infrastructure for communications and transportation.

The meeting of these two rivers of the human experience flushes to the surface our souls’ higher hopes and our deepest fears. Then the pillar of either structure is shaken, we are most troubled in our spirits, and uncertainty becomes the order of the day.

When the systems of government are in upheaval those who are spiritual usually find in their spiritual lives an anchor that holds them, a source of strength, inspiration for hope, and a reference point from which to cast a new positive vision for the future.

It is our spirituality that shapes our philosophies of life and that determines how we govern. From the well- spring of our souls where they connect with the divine, we draw the spiritual water needed to form our codes of ethics, build character, and structure the kind of governance system that best serves the greater good of all.

When our spiritual lives are shaken and we lose the divine perspective, we are prone to look more to government to meet our needs and secure our future; at this precarious place, we make our political leaders our gods, giving them adulation and homage no human should give to another and developing expectations of them far beyond their capacity to deliver.

This scenario sets us up for deep disappointment when our leaders fail to deliver what they promised or what we expected, and if we are unwilling to accept their humanness and consequent capacity to fail, our minds migrate to a delusional world where we make believe that our leaders should remain on the pedestals we have placed them and blame others for their failure.

Amid the uncertainties of these times, the strivings of the many forces that shape our sociopolitical world, we need a guiding light. History and revelation have shown that God is our only safe guide into the future. This book seeks to present that perspective.