THIS IS ELECTION DAY in the US of A. So I dipped into the Bible, looking for tips on how to show some responsible citizenship.
Acting responsibly isn’t easy in these irresponsible days reminiscent of the McCarthy Red Scare, when a politician accused everyone and his brother of being a Communist—and in the process destroyed careers and lives.
Today, we’ve got Scares Galore.
- We’re afraid of refugees, so we call them illegal immigrants, invaders, and terrorists.
- We’re afraid of socialists, without recognizing that we already practice socialism to varying degrees. We walk our dogs in parks paid for by the Collective. We drive on roads paid for by our shared costs…shared by those who pay taxes, and not shared by notable rich tightwads reportedly employing loopholes legal and illegal. Lock ‘em up?
- We’re afraid of minorities…because we crackers are about to become one.
- We’re afraid of Muslims doing the checkout at our grocery store because we…you get the point.
We’re running scared because we’ve allowed ourselves to be fed the fear.
Roy Cohn was a strongman behind the Red Scare, helping Joseph McCarthy terrorize the country. Cohn died in 1986. He was the attorney for a Mr. Donald Trump for dozen years, from 1973-85. Just a little history.
Advice from St. Paul
“I want you to get in the habit of praying. Pray for everybody. Ask God to help them. . . . Pray for kings and all people in authority. That way maybe we’ll be able to live in peace, with our dignity and spiritual integrity” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 Casual English Bible).
If Paul were writing today, I suspect he would add that if we want to live in peace, with our dignity and integrity, we should vote.
He’d probably tell us how to vote, too. But the minds of many people have become tragically twisted by news pornography. Many are so thoroughly brainwashed and corrupted by lies that I’m not sure that more than 60 percent of the Christians would take his advice.
I expect he’d tell them to vote anyhow, perhaps hoping the Holy Spirit would knock some spiritual sense into them while they’re standing in line.
Paul was an optimist. So am I.
For the record, I hate feeling compelled on rare occasions like this to write about religion mixed with politics. But these are remarkable (in a bad way) times. And I’d like to think that if I had lived in Europe during the early 1940’s that I would not have been among the majority of Christians who sided with hatred and stayed hidden and silent.