Monday, May 21, 2012
I'm Still Voting for My Dad
I'm catching a lot of everything but heaven for saying I can't vote for the incumbent or insurgent on 11/6/12.
It's kinda how I feel about how I felt when getting back on Sunday from a pulpit exchange and being greeted, "Our new pastor was really great today!"
Remember what I wrote about humility?
Thought not; which helps my struggle with it.
And just like the vow of poverty that Protestant pastors don't need to take because WASPs impose it on 'em, I'm so often on the butt-end of jokes around the church that I like speaking/preaching at other churches for some sugar.
Be that as it is, I'm not going to rehearse why I'm still gonna vote for my dad on 11/6/12, which you can read about in the archives by clicking on previous editions, but I've been thinking more about why I can't vote for the, uh, other two.
An out of context excerpt from I Just Wanna Ride (FTW):
"Cruising isn't for everyone - but then, neither is freedom" (Garripoli).
I will never forget a startling exchange between three young girls before Senators
McCain and Obama faced off for the Presidency...
I asked, "If you could vote next week, who would you vote for?"
Spontaneously and simultaneously, they screamed, "Obama! Obama!"
"Because he will take care of us."
That's not freedom.
That's offering our collar to someone else's chain.
Frankly, and I may be way wrong on this, lots of people who will vote again for the incumbent want the government to take care of 'em. They're into a nanny state. They'll give up their freedoms for a six-pack and Bears game.
The American way used to be hard work over hand-outs.
Then there's the other guy who has so much that have nots ain't on his radar.
I'm convinced he thinks people who have not are self-inflicted victims.
People who want a free ride - "Must Jesus bear the cross alone and all the world go free?" - are gonna vote for the incumbent 'cause that's a big part of his message.
People who don't want to share what God has entrusted to them to be managed for His glory/ethic are gonna vote for the insurgent 'cause a big part of his message is ya gets what ya earns.
Of course, the Christian perspective is balanced.
He believes in hard work (e.g., 2 Thessalonians 3:10).
He believes in taking care of people who can't take care of themselves (e.g., Matthew 25).
Common sense from the divine source.
Yeah, I know the incumbent and insurgent have gotta appeal to their bases if they wanna be, uh, elected.
Yet the more I look at this sad moment of American history/politics - and I may be wrong - I'm disgusted by hacks in or aspiring to high office who appeal to base instincts for knee-jerk affirmations/affections that increasingly run contrary to the most important, uh, election of all if you know what He means.
Getting back to voting, the most common sense, as I read the Bible, from the divine source is to trust Him even when the odds are against you/us/Him/His.
He's revealed nothing in His Word - written and enfleshed - that says to go with what ya gots as the only real/ultimate choice available.
Come to think of it, there are lots of reasons/facts for trusting God more than what ya gots in the meantime because history is His story sooner or later and definitely in the end.
Yeah, I'm still voting for my dad.
Blessings and Love!