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Flu Shots, and why I think I’ll be sick tomorrow.

November 6, 2012


I got a Flu Shot Yesterday. It was mandatory (The government likes to inoculate you from, well, everything). They stuck this thing up my nose and shot it full of liquid that made me sneeze.

Tomorrow our country undergoes once again the great privilege of choosing its elected officials as a body of people with the right to do so. Yet I harbor no excitement or peace to its outcome. 

There has been a very good show that has been put on for many months now that has pit two candidates against one another for a struggle over the drivers seat. yet neither of them have seemed to say anything real, taken any stances requiring character, or spoken words that have captured the essence or feeling of the American people. In fact, they spend most of their time saying mostly nothing.

It is a great circus, and from what I can tell many Americans have enjoyed the entertainment. Yet much like a circus the illusion of magic, or the application of wonder is calculated, words are chosen carefully, and the audience is pleased with the production, though it be no reality. The money still goes to the boss, and in four years another circus will come to town.

You see, we operated no different in Afghanistan. It did not matter that their public official was corrupt or of ill morals and character. As far as the people were concerned, he was amazing and we supported him fully. He was the answer to their governmental problems and anything good we ever did as a coalition force was as a result of his request. Our job was to connect him to the people, and that we did, regardless of how much he didn’t care. Unfortunately, it does not take a government official with character, or even a stable government for that matter to put the people at ease, it merely takes the appearance of stability, or honest service. Perception is, and always will be reality.

To speak more directly, Americans do not have a choice in their elected officials anymore. I believe they merely have the perception of choice. If given the option of playing with two poisonous snakes, There is only picking the one with the least venom, though you know he’ll strike eventually.

It will take much more than this blog to dissect and make solid arguments for when and where the American populace lost their say in their government, but I will offer this:

I am a Christian. Therefore I must come to two logical conclusions that cannot be refuted. 1. God is in control because he says he is. 2. God has chosen humanity to promulgate his gospel throughout the world and carry our His will because the bible says that’s what he did. That’s our job.

There is a culture I see that has pervaded for many generations now amongst Christians in this country. This culture has grown full form into the idea that the true believer is above earthly things, should be content with “giving to Caesar what is Caesars”, being totally content with their little worlds, as long as decisions made don’t affect their comfort or lifestyle. In fact if you engage in politics as a Christian I have even heard argument’s that you miss the point of the gospel completely, as God has no care for those type of earthly things. The most popular catch phrase I hear this election season amongst the churched is “vote biblically”. Yet when given the option between two equally large piles of crap the biblical answer doesn’t seem to be voting for the less smelly one.

Here’s my point: I cannot hold to the idea that we (Christians) are not directly responsible for the state of our government and the character of its leadership. Unfortunately we who live in a country of elected officials do not have the luxury of rendering to Caesar what is Caesars because we ultimately get to chose how much that is, and who that is for that matter. I cannot see God birthing us in a country that gives us the right to put into place who represents us and not expecting us to honor him in that. Yet we have embraced the culture of common ground, don’t rock the boat, someone might get angry. We have let the world dictate our culture, and have grown impotent in building out culture to dictate the world.

In 1877 James Garfield said this at America’s first centennial:

Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature … If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”

We have walled ourselves, content to “Pray for our Leaders” when we ourselves do not possess the conviction to enforce who those leaders are. Like my flu shot, If I were to take that little vial and spray it on the outside of my skin I would be wasting medicine. In order for it to work you have to inject it, allow it to enter the body until it flows through enough of your infected areas that you begin to get better. Government is no different. And because so many of us have no remembrance of where this country was born out of and no vision for what it could be we sit idly by, content to spray our vaccines on the surface, unwilling to jump in its nose to see real healing. After all, faith and politics dont mix. Right?

Sometimes I wonder if we are going to not care ourselves into tyranny. Look around, there is a restlessness, a downright discontentment even for who gets to duke it out tomorrow. Think honestly, out of the 300 million American citizens these two men are the greatest examples of leadership we have to offer, the men that will provide the vision and indestructible character to make the hard decisions necessary to lead us into greatness once again? No, these two men have gotten this far because we let them.

But we will continue to surround ourselves with toys, learn to “do life” well in our little community groups and pray for our leaders, in the end, Gods not about politics, and who are we to think we can change something?

those are all my thoughts tonight. That and I’m glad I have my flu vaccine, in case I ever have to fight it.

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