I’m a political junkie. I enjoy the foolishness of the primary season, the debates and the politics of wooing voters with promises and intentions…regardless of the reality attached to them.
But I must admit, this political season is so wonky that I cannot seem to find firm and solid ground from which to park my passion and influence. I am a conservative in my theology, economy and fundemental beliefs regarding the United States Constitution.
Having said that, I cannot help but wonder what our Founding Fathers would think about our modern political process? From Russian intervention to hanging chads, we are a people in search of a crisis, a challenge and a controversy.
Having had three plus years of President Trump’s bravado and bluster and now with the eye buldging socialist retoric of Senator Sanders, I am left with one thought – STOP IT!
I truly believe that if there were to be one candidate that could speak with a voice of reason and speak to the masses with a firm, yet gracious presence, that candidate could carry the day.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m thrilled with our economy. I’m thrilled with the faith community being turned loosed to serve more than ever before. I love the judges that are pro-life and pro-family. I am thrilled with a renewed sense of national pride and the strength of our military. As a conservative, I love all of those things and have been enjoying them over the past few years.
But I must wonder if there is anyone left that is both electable and firm, yet gracious in their life and leadership? Maybe not. My guess is that we live in a society that will never again allow any person, of any party, race, color, faith or liniage to lead this great land without attacking every decision they have ever made, second guessing every policy that is put in place, or destroy their family for the sake of political expediancy.
Maybe the problem isn’t so much with the men and women that place themselves in the race, but rather with us? Maybe we have grown so jaded about anybody that is elevated into leadership, that we automatically charge the hill with pitchforks and flamethrowers. Maybe we enjoy the hunt of destroying another person and their life and leadership so much that we cannot stop anymore than we can stop watching a train wreck.
It’s worth considering this mythical place where we might could rally behind a leader and agree to disagree on the minors, while struggling to serve the greater good on the majors. I fear that we have long past the stage of allowing anybody to help settle what are majors and minors. So, in the meantime, we simply scream, shout, bicker, harass and utter hateful things about those that are at least brave enough to enter the arena.
The Scriptures give us a glimpse into all of our futures and the results of how we go about our politics, “Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18) It’s been proven true in my life over six decades and will be true long after I am gone. If we could somehow muster up enough humility to recognize our desperate need for Heaven sent wisdom, we might turn the corner and discover the blessings of the Divine once again. But then, it’s easier to keep screaming at each other. Pride first, and then the fall.
“I’m Chuck Allen and I approved these wandering thoughts.”