What did her entire statement about the election being in God’s hands mean to me?
At heart, I’m a Christian, so I do see what she’s saying. She’s in no way implying that the Republicans or the Democrats are God’s favored. She’s in no way saying that she’s going to win because of her faith. She’s mostly saying she’s not afraid of the outcome.
With that in mind, the one thing that makes me sad about her is that – in the long run – she’s disingenuously galvanizing the far religious Right. She does it intentionally, with a cold methodology that makes me cringe. She doesn’t try to stand down the racists individuals who scream about killing Obama at her rallies. She doesn’t balance her logical view of life with science or reason. She doesn’t always tell the truth, nor does she work to correct the lies of her own campaign. She doesn’t want to talk about tolerance or patience.
She’s no “perfect” Christian, since she has a pregnant teen who’s having a kid out of wedlock and takes money and gifts openly to fill her own coffers. She’s guilty of vanity and irresponsibility. She’s prone to allowing her sexuality to get what she wants.
So basically, she’s a typical politician.
But what worries me is the fanatical devotion of people to her that want her in there to override free will with God’s will. That’s not what Christianity is about, but there are Christians who don’t care as long as their will is upheld at the end of the day. There’s also that group of Christians who hope she loses, because it’s a sign of the end of days. They refuse to look at all the other problems this woman has because – like the people who worship Obama – they are afraid of losing this one chance to get a Constitutional changing person of their faith into the seat.
One thing that’s totally made me want to laugh and hit people at the same time on the Blogsphere is the constant statement, “OUR FORE FATHERS FOUNDED THIS NATION WITH GOD IN MIND.” No, they did not. More than 75% of the Continental Congress was very anti-Protestant and very much for the separation of Church and State. People like Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Washington and Ben Franklin even wrote about their disgust of overly organized religion. Which shows me that 100% of the Christians who make that one statement don’t pay attention to history, are intentionally ignorant and/or distort it for their own purposes. Most likely to feel righteous and safe.
On the same hand, only about 20% of Christians in this country are Theophiles*. I know a few of them personally – there’s this jackass called Steltek who throws out Biblical verses when extremely upset or unnerved. At first, he and I talked and were civil. But over time, his true colors came out loud and clear, so I divorced myself from his fanaticism. Some of the crazy ass stuff that he threw out in our conversations … I just couldn’t stand to hear it anymore.
He tries to subtly attack other viewpoints/religions, and openly try to advertise his belief when it suits his purpose. Yet, when confronted, he retreats into some sort of No-Man’s Land of Righteousness. It’s sad that he’s so drowned in his religious viewpoint that he won’t touch matters that require tolerance or other good Christian virtues because they don’t “mesh” with his Godly comfort zone.
Sucks to be him. Sucks to be people who suck up to him. He has my pity, and that’s about it. I’m glad he’s a minority. Some day, he’s going to feel the pressure of being that minority when his religion is dwarfed by another in the US (which is so very likely to happen in the next 20 years).
* Theophiles – as I said elsewhere – are people who beat off to the Bible so much that they have to get a new one every year because some of the pages in the New Testament are permanently stuck together. These people would take it in the ass from Jesus if he asked them to bend over. They are the Christian version of radical Muslims – only they don’t blow people up, they merely look down their noses at them.
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