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A wise man once said that “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” That’s absolutely true.

It’s how we’ve gotten where we’re at today, with the American federal government shutdown. With one kind of health plan for the common man, and another for his congressman. Where a private business, in a building leased from the federal government, is forced to shutdown (despite not employing any government workers), but the congressional gym stays open.

This is not the America I know and love; rather, it smacks more of Orwell’s Animal Farm, where “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

The hogs slurp from their troughs in D.C., while the rest of us bear the brunt, and the cost, of their poor governance. Yet, I’m not sure who’re the bigger fools here: the politicians, who above all else-despite eloquent words to the contrary–seek only to hold onto power.

Or the numbskulls who keep electing them.

It’s said that stupidity, and insanity, bear the same definition:

Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. In other words, meet the new boss (Obama), same as the old boss. You didn’t really believe him when he crested that wave called “Hope” and “Change,” did you? Sucker.

That’s like the folks who voted for Nixon in ’68, when he campaigned on the promise of getting us out of Vietnam. Hah! (News flash: we weren’t out until the fall of Saigon).

In more recent times, there was President Bush (the first) with his (in)famous “Read my lips, no new
taxes,” and the equally obnoxious declaration by then-president Clinton, “I did not have sexual relations with this woman, Miss Lewinsky.”

The point is that politicians on both sides of the aisle are well-practiced in telling us what we want to hear (read: lying). Both sides espouse the respective virtues that their reputed constituencies hold dear. While the only real agenda is, in the words of the old song, “everybody wants to rule the world.” They say (whatever) to stay (where they are).

The real skill in Washington is appearing to be all things to all people so they can keep their cushy jobs. (In other quarters this is known as hypocrisy).

And this what our forefathers fought and died for? What Lincoln termed “government of the people, for the people, by the people?” Abe is probably turning over in his grave.

Yes, the country is in a grave state. Which is why my hope is not in politics  or politicians, but rather in Jesus. Although I used to consider myself a Republican, I no longer claim so. Nor am I a Democrat. I am a Christian, and that is horse of an entirely different color.

While I will render unto Caesar insofar as Caesar’s dictates do not violate God’s law, my kingdom is not of this world. I am seated in the heavenlies in Christ, my name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.”

Where does your hope come from? The three-ring circus in D.C., or somewhere higher.

Choose you this day.

Let’s Get Political

randomlychad  —  October 5, 2012 — 8 Comments

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Today’s post comes to you via the irrepressible Ricky Anderson. He’s an IT guy by day, husband to his wife, Jana, and daddy to their miracle son, Evan. You can follow him on Twitter @Arthur2Sheds (ask him there about his “2 sheds”–he likes it!). I would direct you to his Facebook page, but he doesn’t have one! So come like mine instead: Randomlychad. (Ricky won’t mind).

Let’s Get Political!

It’s happening, whether you want it to or not.

The elections are just around the corner. First, we’ll dress up like idiots and send our blood sugar levels to the moon, and then we’ll shake off the carb hangover by electing the free world’s next leader.

I have a challenge for you during these elections -speak the truth in love.

I can’t count the number of vile, hateful and flat-out lies I’ve received in my email inbox from fellow Christians.

Ephesians 4:15 tells us to speak the truth in love.

You may not like that certain candidate. You may disagree with him. But you must not slander him. If you tell lies about him, you are wrong.

And even if he does eat puppies, kick babies and cheer for the Yankees, you must only speak the truth about him in love.

Truth without love is meaningless. 1 Corinthians tells us to speak without love makes you only a clanging cymbal. You’re just noisy…and obnoxious.

So for these elections, go ahead – vote for your favorite politician. Get involved, watch the debates. Just make sure to check your facts, and check your tone.

And whatever you do, don’t cheer for the Yankees. They cause global warming. Which, were he yet among the living, even George Steinbrenner would acknowledge is An Inconvenient Truth.

>Forgive me, but I’m going to paint with a very broad brush today, because frankly politics are not my strong suit.

I need to be upfront and admit that, yes, this post was indeed prompted by the tragic shooting in Tucson this past weekend. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out the victims and their families in the wake of Laughner’s actions. Though I may not agree with Representative Giffords on every point, there is in no sense at all any reason for her, or anyone else there, to have been shot over a political philosophy. That’s ridiculous! And certainly not the act of a sane individual, seeking to engage in civil discourse regarding differences of political opinion. (All reports indicate that Jared Lee Laughner is one seriously unhinged man).

For goodness’ sake! We’re Americans! This is not how we behave! The blame for this tragedy rests solely at the feet of one man: Laughner. I don’t blame Sarah Palin, or the Tea Party, for the shooting (but perhaps they could have been more careful with their rhetoric). Tell you what: I blame folks on both sides of the aisle for creating a climate where this kind of rhetoric thrives. It is way less than kind to call your ideological opponent either “wingnut,” or “bleeding heart.” And today’s political climate is certainly a natural outgrowth of that invective. Frankly, I’m sick to death of the demonizing that goes on in the ranks of both liberals and conservatives. It’s childish in the extreme.

For myself, I’m neither liberal, nor conservative (because life is simply not so black and white as that)–I resist those appellations, those labels. If anything, I’m a Christian, and that is a horse of a different color entirely. I believe in rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s. If I let you nail me down, I would say that I’m a “both/and” guy:

(And here is that broad brush I referred to above) It seems to me that Democrats are basically “give the man a fish” kind of folks. And this has worked out very well for them–they’ve garnered the support and trust of millions of people. But it seems also to have created a cycle of dependence that is well-nigh impossible to break free of.

Republicans, on the other hand, seem to be largely “teach a man to fish” folks. In other words, if people want something, they’ve got to earn it. Learn the skills, and ply a trade. Insofar as this goes, there is nothing wrong with this: people do thrive when they have a sense of accomplishment. But this message comes across as less than compassionate in a culture of dependence. People don’t know how to break free.

What I believe, why I am a “both/and” guy, comes from Jesus. What I mean is that neither method outlined above is entirely wrong, but neither is it entirely right. Giving and giving and giving creates a cycle of dependence and a culture of entitlement. Teaching, without giving, creates resentment (it’s cliché, but true: people don’t care how much we know, until they know how much we care). We must earn people’s trust. So, like Jesus, I propose that we both give the (metaphorical) fish, and teach folks how to “fish.” And then bid them go and do likewise. We both provide–thereby earning trust–and empower: thereby engendering that sense of accomplishment. Call it “Relational Politics,” or “Pay-It-Forward Politics,” call it whatever you want. In fact, call me foolish, or naïve, but let me ask you this: what are you doing to help your neighbor? On the day you stand before the Lord, will you be named sheep, or goat?