Today’s song is Breathe (In The Air) by Pink Floyd, because it’s in my head, and now it’s in yours.
The folks over at Brazen Church have produced this worthy piece, which is similar to this bit I wrote awhile back–namely, that pastors shouldn’t declare to their sheep that one candidate is God’s Anointed. That inserts fake spirituality into the whole thing, which is unhealthy for everyone involved.
Unnecessary disclaimer: I’m partisan as hell. You’ll find me over there on Twitter every day, ripping on Hillary, progressive liberalism, cultural Marxism, globalism, feminism, Islamic terrorism, and anything else that is destroying Western civilization, killing Christians, or just straight pissing me off.
But there’s a line I don’t cross–I don’t tell you that Hillary is satan, or associated with satan, or filled with demons, and so forth. I don’t tell you that Trump walks with angels, that his glowing golden hair shines with Gabriel’s radiance, or any other such nonsense.
Why? Because they’re both human.
And no, you don’t get away with calling Gary Johnson or Jill Stein God’s Anointed either–just because someone is an alternate candidate does NOT mean they’re not human. And you still don’t get to call Bernie God’s anointed, either, because that doddering Communist wanted to destroy the country by Socialism and social justice, neither of which are Christian values. (Distributism and the original Catholic ideal of social justice are the way to go.)
All of these potential leaders are human, and this is 21st-century American politics. The Bible has nothing to say about how we should vote, because in Biblical days, they pretty much didn’t get a vote. If you’re going Sola Scriptura, you’re going to come up with some pretty weird ideas because the President is not a king–the Founding Fathers made that explicitly clear–and this Republic is not his kingdom, no matter what the sitting President seems to believe.
Our Constitutional Republic was conceived based on Platonic ideals, the Mosaic Law, and other law systems, and composed by some very smart people who understood human nature pretty well and came up with some founding documents that formed a government that’s pretty hard to screw up. Granted, our government is phenomenally broken and has become an effective oligarchy, but the founding principles laid down back then have preserved this country for as long as some idea of Christian morality remained predominate. It was a pretty good run. Christians are going to decide what happens next.
I find political humor funny. Your mileage may vary. There are very few right-leaning political comic artists, but Ben Garrison more than makes up for the imbalance:
What do we see here? A timeless commentary by an experienced theologian? No, it’s a political cartoonist making a point: Hillary bends the knee before globalism, George Soros, and all sorts of evil interests. What better way to personify evil than the classic image of the Devil? There ya go. That image of satan is garbage theology, but it makes a good point.
Here’s another bit:
Was God involved in all the bad weather and utter chaos at the 2016 Democratic National Convention? Of course not. Weather happens. Humans have some part to play in taking care of the environment, but we still can’t predict the weather very well.
What about all the chaos there, the Left eating itself? That’s basically human nature. Throw in a bunch of overzealous Bernie fans with racist terrorist organizations like Black Lives Matter, along with kooks from all over the wacky Left, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. That’s what happens when stupid mixes with stupid.
I’ve basically disconnected from Protestant and Charismatic churches, but I know full well that there are black pastors telling their congregations to vote for Hillary because she’s a Democrat, and white pastors telling people to vote for either Trump or anyone but Trump. They’re not supposed to, and it’s illegal, but you’ll see them doing it anyway.
Vote for whoever you want. I’m not going to say both sides are right, because they’re not. You’re a lunatic if you go along with Progressive Left thought–and sometime I’ll do an exposé on how the ideas of the Progressive Left are fully anti-Christian–but you have the right to be stupid if you want. You’re going to hear from me if you support Hillary, because I think you’re a moron who is voting to destroy the country–but it’s your right to be a moron. Smart people have a vote, idiots have a vote, and (apparently) dead people and illegals also have a vote.
Circling back: I am not saying that Trump is God’s candidate and Hillary is the devil’s. That’s wrong. I’m not going to tell you what God thinks, because I’m not an expert at hearing from God. I’ll tell you what I think, but you’re hearing from a lifelong Republican who’s still recovering from Charismania and a mental breakdown.
So: If you’re in spiritual leadership, don’t tell anybody what God’s choice is. It’s spiritual and emotional abuse, and you might be setting some of your flock, the ones who think for themselves, up to be abused, because you’re teaching them that their desires are evil, or that their family or friends are evil. That does not good whatsoever.
My pastor does it right–you won’t hear a peep from him on who he’s voting for. I can reasonably conjecture, based on his actions, who he’s voting for, but he doesn’t say anything from the pulpit and won’t answer when asked. That’s the way it should be.