The presidential races are heating up going into the caucus season.
As I’ve said before, I have not voted for quite some time now, and am currently not even registered to vote. This is a decision I made for myself, to keep me calm, to eliminate ruffling feathers unnecessarily, and various other things. I am not telling you to follow my lead.
One of the struggles I had with voting (Other than the typical fear, panic, anxiety, and stress when the political winds blow against my guys), is figuring out how I could have a love for people who I can’t stand politically.
I struggled with maintaining Christian principles in the face of political weirdness. Even the guys I voted for ended up doing things I thought were inconsistent with my Christian principles, yet I put my name on them.
Christians are pandered to in elections. Politicians know they need votes. They will say next to anything to get Christians to vote for them.
Donald Trump, for instance. This guy has no Christian sense at all. I mean, seriously. He doesn’t. The most recent example is his quote of a verse in “Two Corinthians” at Liberty University. During his speech to Liberty University (Jerry Falwell’s baby), Trump used the word “hell” several times in a not so Christian way. A way that is, incidentally, a violation of the code of conduct for Liberty University students!
Even when he’s trying to sound Christian he can’t pull it off.
The closest Republican to Trump is Ted Cruz. His father was a pastor, so he at least has some background. He has also been, whether you agree with what he says or not, consistent in his Christianesque message.
I’m not sure I like where he goes with Christianity though. Allow me to quote an article on him:
Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for president has featured strong references to faith and Christianity, which he says will help restore the country to greatness.
I hate it when people use the Bible, Christ, or the Gospel as a means to turning earthly gain. A simple reading of the New Testament will clearly demonstrate that Christianity doesn’t really care much about your earthly success or your “greatness.”
Yet Cruz thinks Christianity is the tool to fix America. This will backfire. Cruz belongs to a camp called Dominionism. They believe that Christians should get in power and enforce Christian morals by force of law.
This is not good. Cruz’s father, a pastor, appears to be slightly crazy with his doctrine.
In a sermon last year at an Irving, Texas, megachurch that helped elect Ted Cruz to the United States Senate, Cruz’ father Rafael Cruz indicated that his son was among the evangelical Christians who are anointed as “kings” to take control of all sectors of society, an agenda commonly referred to as the “Seven Mountains” mandate, and “bring the spoils of war to the priests”, thus helping to bring about a prophesied “great transfer of wealth”, from the “wicked” to righteous gentile believers.
Dominionism apparently believes that Christians can usher in the Kingdom of God. Once we turn the tide, Christ will come back and put down all opposition and then we live happily ever after.
I disagree with this theology and I wouldn’t entrust power to anyone who believes such things.
I think the separation of Church and State is a fine thing both ways. Let the church be the church and let the state be the state. Whenever the two are mixed, people get hurt, and sound-doctrine always takes a hit.
So, the two front-runners of the Republican party are both loony in their attempts at Christianity. At least the Democrats, who at their last presidential convention allegedly “booed God,” pretty much avoid the subject. Although Hillary can’t resist quoting a verse or two when convenient.
The bottom line is that politicians pander to Christians and Christians get excited when this happens and assume there are politicians who care about Christ.
They don’t. They care about votes.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
***If this post bothers you, just be glad I don’t talk politics more. I do this as a favor to me and you.