“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” (Psalm 55:17, KJV)
Oh, ho hum.
There’s a presidential election looming in the United States, more than a year from now, and in accordance with the evangelistic inculcation of mass media, people are getting pumped up about it.
“VOTE!” we are adjured, “We live in the finest democracy on earth, and this is how we make our voice heard!”
Oh, yes. One vote. Once every four years. And once the guy’s in (maybe it’ll be a gal this time!), how much of a voice do we have then?
“But we need to get the RIGHT guy in! Your vote counts!”
Funny, that one person, in one office, would make so much difference. Aren’t we supposed to live in a three-unit set-up that technically checks and balances each other?
Just wondering. It’s what I was programmed to believe in public school.
A Media Circus
John Rappoport, a free-lance investigative journalist who posts the thought-provoking blog, nomorefakenews.com, describes national election campaigns as,
“. . . media events. Media run them. Media pump ratings. They produce the soap opera. They construct the illusion. Many people hate hearing this, because they prefer to believe the few candidates who can actually win are real. No one with that much face time on national television is real.”
Whether one accepts Rappoport’s observation or not (it’s difficult to refute), one has to admit that people spend (waste?) a lot of time, multiple months before the election, discussing this candidate or that. Much of that discussion, for evangelical Christians, tends to be about the candidate’s “spirituality,” and any smart, tough, no-nonsense politico knows that it’s wise to trot out a favorite Bible verse, or stare thoughtfully off into space, or — as former president Reagan did so well — tear up and choke out, “God . . . bless . . . America!”
Militarized Christians swoon.
Wise ones remember that we are known by our fruit. And faith without works is dead. So it would only make sense to look at the promises of past presidents — both Republican and Democrat — and see if they told the truth or not. And when we find that they lie, what then? What power does our one little vote, every four years, have then?
Oh, yes. We write our Congressional Representative. They mentioned that in school, too.
The Military, Industrial Christian Complex
For those who think that politics do not belong in a blog on Christianity, consider this:
The very same people — militarized, politicized Christians who weep with joy at seeing U.S. Marines sing “Days of Elijah,” or “There Is No God Like Jehovah” — throw up despairing hands at the world around us, fixating their hope upon the most “Christian” candidate as God’s choice for reformation. We need a Christian president. Christian congressional representatives. Christian judges. Or, as Billy Graham likes to say, those who “support Biblical values.”
Rarely does it occur that the answer — for Christians — lies in praying.
“Oh, but God is Sovereign, and the end is near! We have no say in His Master Plan!”
Then why are we bothering to vote?
The apostle Peter calls believers a chosen people, a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9) and James reminds us that the great prophet Elijah was a human being, just like us (James 5:17). So was Moses. And Abraham. Elisha, David, Deborah, Jacob, Isaac, Noah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and all the apostles.
These people then, as we do now, lived in a world overrun by evil men, corrupt institutions, totalitarian governments, and those whose love for money was greater than any other emotion. There may not have been digital voting booths, and digital money, and digital phones (chronocentrism is the belief that one’s own generation is bigger, better, and smarter than any time before us) — but godly men and women lived around, amidst, and within evil.
And, despite their day jobs, the one thing they all did in common was pray.
If we’re so convinced that our vote counts, then why do we so doubt our prayers?
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