The Right Side of History

It’s hard not to get caught up in politics with the primaries heating up and election coming up.  One of the biggest debates, besides the dozens of issues, is who is on the right side of history.  In other words, who’s worldview and political viewpoint will end up winning out?  In 2019, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro published The Right Side of History, claiming that only a Judeo-Christian worldview could save the United States.  The phrases “wrong side of history” and “right side of history” were both popular phrases of Presidents Clinton and Obama.  The concept of “the right side of history” actually comes from Karl Marx, who taught that history would march inevitably towards a socialist paradise.  Despite these claims, it is not the Republicans, the Democrats, the socialists, or capitalists who are on the right side of history.  Rather, it is God’s people who are on the right side of history.

In the beginning, all of creation was very good, and thus, was in perfect subjection to God (Gen. 1:31).  Adam and Eve, the pinnacle of God’s creation, who reflected their creator, were in perfect harmony with God.   Then Satan rebelled against God by proudly rejecting his position and desiring to be God (Isa. 14:14).  Expelled from heaven, Satan tempted man to sin and brought man into his rebellion (Gen. 3).  In some ways, it looked like Satan had won.  First, all of creation was impacted by sin.  Second, within just nine generations of Adam, only one family remained subject to God while the rest of mankind was in complete rebellion (Gen. 6:5, 8). Third, within a few generations after the flood wiped out the rebels, a new rebellion began (Gen. 11:1-4).  Finally, God’s people (Israel) whom He handpicked and shepherded, rebelled against Him constantly, even though they had access to His word (Luke 20:9-18).

However, God had a perfect and eternal plan!  His plan centered around one of the members of the God-head who was a promised savior.  Genesis 3:16 is clear that Messiah would totally defeat Satan: (“He [the promised savior] will crush your [Satan’s] head”).  Those who trusted in Messiah’s salvation – whether they lived before or after His sacrifice – would be part of God’s special people (Eph. 3:6).  Though most Israelite’s ultimately rejected God, there was always a remnant of believers who trusted in Messiah (Rom. 11:1, 5).  When the Jews rejected Messiah, God brought the gentiles into His eternal plan by forming the church with believing Jews and believing gentiles.  Even today, most people have chosen to reject God and His Messiah.  Christians make up just 31% of the world population and many of the groups claiming Christianity reject the clear gospel. Yet, God is ultimately in complete control of all things. Moreover, God has promised there’s a day coming when the rebellion will come to a complete end; Messiah will reign from Jerusalem (Isa. 24:23).  Those who trusted in Messiah will be part of this new kingdom (I Cor. 6:2).  Satan will be cast into the lake of fire, and those who joined in his rebellion will be judged and join him (Rev. 20:10, 15). God will restore all creation back to its original perfected state (Rom. 8:19-25).  Finally, all those who have trusted in Messiah’s saving work will dwell with God in a sinless world for all eternity (Rev. 21:3-4).

Who is on the right side of history?   Many political groups claim to be on the right side of history.   Yet the Bible is clear that all who trust in Messiah’s saving work – the work the New Testament reveals is Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross – are on the right side of history.  If you are saved alone by Jesus’ death on the cross then you can confidently claim to be on the right side of history!

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