Sunday mornings are usually peaceful times for me. I wake when I wake, listen to “Breakfast with the Beatles” on LSUG, and catch up on e-mail and the like. But that last was my mistake this morning.
I was cruising down the facebook page, looking at various baby and travel pictures, it being vacation season, when I saw someone had posted a link to an old blogpost called “Why Voting Republican is a Sin.” The article is a collection of Biblical passages exhorting believers to care for the poor and needy, not to worry about earthly riches, and the like.
I really hadn’t wanted a scrap this early in the day, but neither had I asked an English professor from a city known as an enclave of wealth to mine the blogosphere for harassment fodder. So I replied.
“I’m sorry — I missed the part where it says to let a government agency do all that widow-visiting and orphan-tending by proxy, and feel self-righteous about it later.” That, after all, can be read as the unreformed Ebenezer Scrooge approach (“Are there no prisons? No workhouses?” — government programs both in his day), rather than the Christian one. Meanwhile, there is evidence that Republicans tend to be more charitable than Democrats. In point of fact, I would suggest that voting for either major party is a choice between evils, as we live in a postlapsarian world. The fact is that we’re sinners regardless of our voting choices.
So where does that leave folks like my former classmate and the blogger to whom she linked? Well, either they’re aware of their own side’s failings and choose to ignore them for the sake of cheap snark and “gotchas”, or they genuinely believe that their side is utterly on the side of the angels, that to render unto Caesar is to render unto God, which in turn ignores Psalm 146:3 (and verges on idolatry — “Lightworkers“, anyone?) Perhaps worst is the possibility that they think simply holding the “correct” view eliminates the necessity for them to do anything themselves — at that point, we’re in Matt. 23:27 territory.
But I would have preferred simply to listen to the Beatles.