The Loudmouth Protestant

February 5, 2008

A Public Service Announcement

Filed under: 2008 Election,randomness,recent news — nickisym @ 3:24 pm
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In election season there are many slogans passed around to get people to understand the necessity of voting. “Vote or Die,” “Rock the Vote,” “Vote Now,” etc. On top of all these slogans we have what seems like idol worship of the candidates. From the hope-filled campaign of Barack Obama to the Lemmings off a cliff campaign of Ron Paul, all our eyes have seen in the past few months—to me—has mirrored the people of Israel creating the golden calf that they could worship instead of worshiping God. They are hoping that Obama can solve our financial problems, Hillary can make healthcare more affordable, Romney can ban gay marriage across the land and McCain can increase borders. But how much does all of this matter compared to the awesome power of God all by himself?

Don’t get me wrong, I am a strong advocate for democracy but I feel as though we are losing it to worshiping the process too much and forgetting about the God behind every government official. Speaking of which, if some of our candidates are so serious about God why don’t they spend the time telling the public that they pray for God’s will and not for them to be in office. Pride comes before the fall but the humble will be exalted. Does anyone realize that regardless of whether we get a Democrat or Republican in office, God is going to still be God and he is still going to supply our every need? We don’t need Obama, we want him because he could be the first black president and he’ll allow minorities to be smug that—in the words of the illustrious Will Farrell—”That Just Happened.” We don’t need Hillary, but we want her for the same reason on the opposite side of the spectrum, to prove that we have advanced so much in our still extremely jacked up thinking that we elected a woman to be president. And lest you think I am an angry Republican, we don’t need McCain because we just don’t need an old man running things and we don’t need Romney because the world is scared of Mormons—personally this doesn’t bother me.

Fact is, it has nothing to do with any of the candidates and their ability to “Lead on Day One.” It’s about the fact that we are all so far gone that we are telling ourselves that one candidate over another is going to make our lives better—and let’s not forget that we get doubly happy if they say they believe in God. I have no insight on any of the candidate’s personal lives further than what the media tells me but I will go on the record as stating that some candidates do go through training to learn how to speak Christianese.

It is difficult for me to rally behind a particular candidate and be extremely vocal about them when I know doing the same exact thing for God in the public forum scares me to death—it’s true, I’ve never handed out a tract, preached on a subway platform or witnessed to a perfect stranger (at least not knowingly). And please don’t misunderstand, I love God, for real, but if I haven’t done these things for him, I will never do it for man. I do nothing for man that I know I haven’t already done for God and this is what sickens me about peoples glorification of the candidates. They so fiercely believe in mans power but could they say the same for their belief in God’s power. Here’s a thought: If you believe that God can do exceedingly, abundantly over all we could ever ask, think or imagine, then you wouldn’t have to worry about your favorite candidate getting elected. You’d know God has got it covered. It may be an incredibly fundamentalist approach but it’s the way I feel. I can’t worship the candidates because I worship God and God alone. I just don’t understand how people can be so absolutely gung-ho for one candidate or the other sending forward upon forward, newspaper articles, videos, passing out buttons, tracts and the like and at the same time some of those people will hardly do the same for God. Again I know it is fundamental as the opposite of heaven, but people get a grip. And lest you burn me at the stake now, I will admit that I’ve been in the fray and that this election season I have been rabidly devouring the news, watching CNN, reading the stories, etc. But slowly, I’ve been getting this queasiness in my stomach about the world around me and it’s fatal attraction to these politicians. It’s scaring me, so I needed to say something.

I won’t tell anyone to vote for Obama, Clinton, McCain or Romney because I would prefer that each has his own and more importantly that people focus not on getting their favorite candidate in office but on letting God’s will prevail. Pray that God’s will be done today and in November because voting will not kill you but becoming a slave to a man and hoping he will bring change will put you in grave danger.


1 Comment »

  1. Wow, this is a really good post. I totally understand where you are coming from and agree with you. God does supply all our needs and not man. I’m still undecided concerning the candidates at this time and I really do think it’s because I’ve not gotten pulled into the media hype.

    Comment by Tremaya — February 8, 2008 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

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