I am sad today.
Maybe it’s the fact that I didn’t sleep.
Maybe it’s the fact that I can’t speak what is on my mind. I know the fallout that will happen as soon as I post this. But I can’t be silent.
God gave us Ten Commandments. They define for mankind what is right and what is wrong. Moses said, “And he added no more”. He also wrote these commandments on the hearts of men and women whether they are God’s people or not. The conscience bears witness to that. When God’s people sinned, God sent prophets to them.
Isaiah begins his book like this:
The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem which he saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2 Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth; For the LORD speaks, “Sons I have reared and brought up, But they have revolted against Me. (Isa 1:1-2)
Here’s the rundown. Uzziah, not a bad king. He was on the right side politically.
Jotham was a good king. He was on the right side politically
Ahaz, wicked king. Liberal. Changed Judah’s worship. Made an alliance with Assyria and built an alternate altar on the temple grounds. Offered his children to Baal.
Hezekiah, a good king.
But when they sinned, Isaiah rebuked them in the name of the Lord, no matter who they were. Harshly. That is what he was called to do.
Today we only have one standard of right and wrong:
For half the country – if a Republican does it, it is right. If a Democrat does it, it is wrong. If I Republican says it, it is true. If a Democrat says it, it is a lie.
For the other half of the country, if a Democrat does it, it is right. If a Republican does it, it is wrong. If a Democrat says it, it is true. If a Republican says it, it is a lie.
And, as Bob Dylan famously put it, “we have God on our side”…no matter what party you are. You are right. They are wrong.
Ethics by political association. How did that happen?
Shouldn’t we, as God’s people, define right and wrong by what God has written in his word?
Please don’t comment. I don’t think I can stomach it.
I’m not concerned that corrupt people of both parties are in power. That is the way it has always been.
I am concerned that our lives and our ethics are driven by our politics. I am concerned that the “others” are ridiculed, mocked, insulted, and hated. We can’t even open a dialogue without starting an all-out war.
We are so terrified of the others we can’t even associate with them? Treat them as human beings? Listen to them?
I remember that I used to be like that. Then I realized that life is more complicated and people more complex than political sloganeering and slandering.
Then I realized that almost every single political statement on social media runs the risk of violating the 9th commandment in the eyes of God. Are we more afraid of the other party than the wrath of God?
Are we so sure that we our sources are so infallible and that our opinions so wise and holy that we can repeat the latest slogan and not be guilty of bearing false witness?
The only solid place to put our feet is the word of God, and political platforms are not that.
When was the last time someone in power voted their conscience rather than the way their party told them to? When was the last time you agreed with something that the other party did?
Do you really believe that the other half of the country has NO morals, no wisdom, no opinion worth hearing, nothing good whatsoever to offer, no scrap of humanity left?
Should we not, as the people of God, speak for what is right no matter what the political party is? And should we not speak out against the wrong, no matter what the political party is? Are we nothing more on this earth than yes-men to the rich and powerful?
Last night, I read “Night” by Elie Wiesel as a cheerier alternative than the current political spectacle.
Maybe this is why I am sad.
When we get to the point where half the country is, in our mind, idiots, brutes, fools, stupid, worthless, dangerous, enemies of the people, not really human, reprobate, scum, cockroaches –
When we get to that point, we are simply one tiny, tiny step away from watching the cattle cars hauling our neighbors away.
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