Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Why I Can't Stand Election 2012
My father-in-law has been around for nearly 90 years.
He's always been positive about America's future; until recently when he lamented, "If we're stupid enough to elect ___ as President, then we deserve to go to hell."
Then he asked who'll get my vote.
I said, "Well, Ralph, we haven't even finished winter yet; so I'm not real psyched about passing spring, summer, and most of fall just to vote for anybody among this sorry list of candidates."
"Booooooob," he persisted, "I asked who you're voting for."
"I don't know," I continued, "I just can't believe the greatest empire in world history can't come up with better candidates than a secularist, Joe Smith fan, serial liar, counter-reformer, and nutball."
"But Booooooob," he persisted in a way that proves where my wife got it, "I asked who you're voting for."
Non-answer: "I'd like to vote for the Latino Senator in Florida or Indiana's Governor or Evan's son who quit the Senate because it's gotten so bad or..."
"Are you telling me," he almost scolded, "that you're not gonna vote?"
"No, I'm gonna vote," I replied, "I just don't wanna vote for anybody who's running right now. I keep hoping the Democrats and Republicans will stop thinking party over country and jettison 'em all for someone with some of the values that made America so great. Maybe now is a good time for a third party. I don't know. I just don't trust the incumbent or any of the insurgents. It almost makes me long for the days of..."
Then we talked about important stuff; like who'll sign Peyton.
It's that bad.
BTW, that's why I haven't written that much about Election 2012.
I can't imagine another four with the incumbent or a first four with any of those insurgents.
Of course, no matter how badly the incumbent has, uh, performed, I haven't backed off my prediction of his re-election by a bigger margin than last time; which is a staggering commentary on how really, really, really awful the fab four are on the other side.
Every demographic in the last election held true to form; except women who voted overwhelmingly for BBPBHO.
The latest polls show him garnering even more of that gender this time around.
Now I'm probably gonna get into trouble for suggesting this - What a shock! - but I think it's part of America's femininization.
America doesn't like "manly" men anymore.
I'm not talking about MCPs but rather decisive, principled, wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove, tough-minded and tender-hearted, and honest-to-God men.
We're into sensitive rappers who don't really believe in anything too much; especially if it offends people who don't care about offending the values at the core of America's birth and growth.
Nah, we like the decline.
We like soft and cuddly "leaders" who say what our itching ears want to hear - sounds familiar - and prove Orwell was off by about three decades.
We like "leaders" who sound like wimps in public but act like wolves when we're not looking.
As long as they say what we want to hear, we'll let 'em get away with hell behind closed doors.
Unfortunately, my father-in-law was onto something.
It seems like we've been that or more stupid since 9/11/01.
God help us.
He will if we...
My favorite street preacher who's really into eschatological stuff insisted I read Jonathan Cahn's The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret of America's Future.
Normally, I'm satisfied with Mark 13, Matthew 24, and related passages when it comes to that; and I'm not really afraid of the eschaton because I figure it's gonna happen sooner or later and He'll take care of us in a John 3:16-21 kinda way anyway.
I've just never gotten into any of that late-great-planet-earth hysteria.
My soul is still in Him.
Anyway, I couldn't put down the book once I started reading; and if I weren't pimping another book right now...
Cahn is a Messianic Rabbi in Wayne, New Jersey who sees 9/11/01 as a harbinger or initial warning of things getting a lot worse for America if it doesn't get its act together with God.
Essentially, he sees 9/11 as God using today's religious sickos to capture our attention like He used the Assyrians and other bad guys to capture Israel's attention over 2K years ago.
He juxtaposes all of this to Isaiah 9:10-11 with some startling parallels of what's happening right now in America and what will happen if we don't, uh, get our act together with God in a 2 Chronicles 7:14 kinda way.
Again, I'm not into any of those end time calculations for two reasons: (1) Jesus said only God knows when and I figure Jesus knows that because He is una substantia et tres personae and I've got OC's strong calm sanity through increasing intimacy with Him no matter what/who/where/when/why; and (2) I don't trust anyone who predicts something in the future while taking Visa for their materials if you catch my drift.
But this book is really compelling/convincing in weaving events since 9/11/01 with an eye to what's coming in the context of Isaiah 9:10-11.
The implications for Election 2012 cause me to pause, ponder, and pray; and then participate in the...
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While I can't stand who's running for President, I am engaged in prayer for His best for the office.
I don't understand people who are not engaged. They remind me of the player confronted by his coach: "Son, I don't understand it with you. Is it ignorance or apathy?" The player answers, "Coach, I don't know and I don't care."
Considering the stakes, it seems better to be informed and involved.
That was one of the lessons of the Reformation.
It's a lesson worth recalling for our country as well as church with slight word changes: ecclesia reformata semper reformanda secundum verbum Dei.
In short, 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Blessings and Love!