Is it just me . . .

KindergartenIs it just me or is our political process becoming more like an elementary school argument? You’re stupid . . . oh well, you’re a wimp . . . but you’re a nerd . . .

It would be so much simpler if they just set up an election web site where each candidate could articulate his position on each issue and then we select the one who best lines up with what we think is right.

I would be happy to skip all the television and radio nonsense. Is there really anyone who has not yet made up his mind as to who will get his vote?

Wouldn’t it also be nice to have them automatically thrown out of office if they do something in violation of what they articulated in their campaign promises? We should be able to sue them for breach of contract.

But alas, we are bombarded with negative adds, misrepresentations and mud slinging. And all that just to get them into office. After they get into office, little of what was promised seems to be of any concern to them. The candidates end up showing themselves to be no less selfish than the kid who wants all the toys in the sandbox.

I guess we really haven’t progressed too far past kindergarten after all.

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5 thoughts on “Is it just me . . .

  1. I find liberals and conservatives alike presuming that all Christians are beholden to the tea party. I am encountering more non-white devoted believers who do not embrace the presumed view that Christianity and the GOP are one in the same. Yet I will vote for Romney and pray for the ouster of the tea party attitudes that I believe is described in James 5:
    “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. 2 Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. 4 Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. 5 You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.”
    Most of my friends disagree with me. So be it!

    • I agree that the Church should not be aligned with any political party or political movement. Every time the church has gotten political power, it has been a train wreck.

      Thanks for the comment.

      • But that’s what American evangelicalism has become… a train wreck. And thus it’s numbers are in decline due to its individualistic “i will answer to no other” disarray. Half the protestant churches ate at Chick-fil-A on marriage-isn’t-for-for-gays/lesbos-wednesday and the other half marched in gay pride parades. We fall on our swords for church autonomy but accept any ecumenical marriage our local church had nothing to do with as long as the genders appear to be correct. Yet we get stuck with ecumenical labels like “Moral Majority” and “National Association of Evangelicals (NAE)” and “Christian Coalition” and have to defend the latter’s ties with Jack Abramoff who lobbied for and ripped off Indian Tribes who wanted casinos when Ralph Reid got photographed in Scotland on a golf junket paid for by casino-seeking native Americans. Anti gay marriage NAE president Ted Haggard got outed by his gay Denver lover the weekend before the 2006 election. Both played a huge role in the GOP losing congress in 2006 when unemployment was 4.5%. Without their help there could have been no magic “filibuster-proof-60” US Senators in 2009-10 and thus no door for Obama-care to walk through. Our chickens of unbelief came home to roost!

  2. One of the worst parts of our political culture is the premise that an official position can be bought. The billions of dollars spent to sway the undecided, i.e. uninformed and flaky, is outrageous. (If you are informed and committed to what you believe, you don’t need an advertisement to influence your choices.)

    Realistically, the gay pride movement following the evangelical response to Chik-fil-A’s rights was meager and almost laughable. A gay lifestyle is not to be condoned any more than an adulterous lifestyle. Since the introduction of “the pill,” people have used them as a license for adultery which has led to the government justification of killing the unborn as a form of birth control as well. It’s a matter of trying to cover our sins based on government authority rather than looking to God’s authority in such matters. I can trust God to be the judge, and He will be the one to render the consequences. In the meantime, I still have friendly acquaintances who are sinners of all types, including homosexuals and adulterers. My job is not to judge and play God, but to be a reflection of the truest alternative lifestyle of God’s love and forgiveness for those who turn to Him in repentance.

    There will always be those who are looking for so-called Christians in the public arena to do something wrong, which is indefensible, to justify their own disbelief in God. This doesn’t mean Christians should cower and not have organized units to influence government outcomes. We should not overlook the good that has been done through such organizations.

    Where there are organized groups, there will always be fallible humans to murky the waters. That does not mean we throw up our hands and not make the efforts to achieve Godly goals. There can be strength in the right kind of numbers, and positive, Godly change can be made in spite of the sinful. Historically, it’s happened time and time again when there’s enough accountable ones in authority that positive, Godly results are made through Godly leadership of groups.

    There can be no train wrecks when the trains never leave their stations. The answer is not criticizing the trains, but applying the proper safeguards for a successful journey and taking the risk to leave the station and learn from experience the best mode of operation through following God’s will.

    God has a place in every realm of our life, including politics. Our response should be carefully guided. No risk, no gain. Faith without works is nonexistent.

    Instead of focusing on the fallibility of humans, our focus should be set on our Creator who formed not only our physical being but decided the right way in which we should live out our time. Go against His ways and authority, and consequences are inevitable whether it is in the form of a singular person, a group, or a nation. We can be certain unrighteousness will not go unchecked–in ourselves and others.

    We should not be going to church for just warm fuzzies and to be entertained. Yes, edification is vital. However, God’s Truth, which includes His wrath, should be testified to as well.

    We must each either disregard or choose the only giver of eternal salvation from our sinfulness for now and eternity, God in Christ, as individuals, while we still can.

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