As a recovering political junkie who used to write for a political blog, watch cable news as often as I could, skim a dozen or so political websites before I had my first cup of coffee, and someone who would never shy away from a heated political discussion, I think I have done a remarkable job just casually observing this presidential campaign season from the sidelines.
Sure, generally speaking anyway, I know what’s going on but that’s about it and that’s all I need to know.
Anyway, and I’m being as charitable as I can be here, Donald Trump is a rough around the edges loud mouth who is about as unpresidential as a person can be and Hillary Clinton is a compulsive liar and probably a criminal with no significant accomplishments that make her qualified to be the next leader of the free world. And, sadly, that seems to be all there is. If you don’t believe me, skim the headlines and find five articles that don’t sidestep substantive policy issues or political matters only to harp endlessly about one or all of the aforementioned points.
Yes, the candidates suck, this isn’t lost on anyone but the hopelessly deluded.
I could go on, I guess, but what I really wanted to weigh in on is how frustrating it is to see people climb on their morally superior soapboxes to drone on and on about how they are going to do the right thing for America and not vote for either because, for whatever reason, both candidates are just too freaking distasteful.
“I am tired of the two party system forcing crapy candidates down our throats so I am going to teach the establishment a lesson and stay home.”
Good for you. How’d that work out in the last two elections?
But what irks me even more than amature pundits ranting about their particular political pet peve are all the Christians who are quick to renounce the candidates because they are sinful, godless, and amoral. “No way I, in good faith, could endorse either of these heathens with my vote of approval, Jesus would not be happy.”
Sure, He might not but we have two choices and one of those choices is going to win, despite your faith based protest. That’s the math, that’s the reality.
Besides, all of your blustering and bloviating and virtue signaling are little more than empty and meaningless hypocritical noise anyway.
Seriously? Do you expect anyone to believe holding your nose and voting for the lesser of two evils is the one unpardonable sin that will damn you for eternity or cause you to get shunned by the pearl clutching flock? Do you expect anyone to believe you are a good and noble Christian because you publicly oppose two objectively awful presidential candidates almost everyone can’t tolerate on a blog three people read or Facebook? With whom are you trying to score points with this brave and courageous stand?
You’ll occasionally lie, gossip, withold God’s ten percent, lust, get drunk, covet, boast, hate a brother or sister in Christ, lash out in anger, speak death more often than life, lack faith that God is in control, be motivated by greed, walk past the needy with neither a prayer or a care, skip church…but you will draw a line it would be unthinkable to cross in front of a voting booth? Come on.
Examine yourselves people, that’s all I’m saying.
And maybe pray more and comment on politics less. God is in control, the next President has been chosen already, there is nothing we can do about it anyway.