It’s been a week since I posted “Time for Reflection”, so with a few days under my belt for further contemplation, I thought I would share some additional thoughts. The original post was the morning after the election and I shared what was immediately on my mind, a gut reaction of sorts, concerning the previous night’s election. In that post I focused on what happened and not why it happened. With time for additional reflection, I decided to delve into the why of the election.
America is in a deep cultural war and has been for at least fifty years. One culture wants us to go one direction and the other culture is trying to prevent that from happening. I’ve been around to see most of the war, although it probably began long before it was obvious, the roots of that tree running very deep. The battle is mainly a moral battle. The election this time around exposed the massive chasm between the two sides. On the one side were the Democratic Party and what they stand for or represent and on the other were the Republican Party and what they stand for or represent. I don’t want anyone to misunderstand me here; each party has people on all sides of numerous issues. I’m looking more to a generalization of what the parties as a whole are made up of in terms of represented groups and ideas; the direction they are trying to take us.
The Democrat platform was one that promoted gay rights, including gay marriage and all the other groups that have latched onto the gay agenda; transgender, transvestite, man/boy love. Abortion rights groups up to and including killing of live infants after a botched abortion, legalization of drugs, government handouts (yes this is a moral issue also) in the form of robbing the rich (through excessive taxation) and giving to the poor (when Robin Hood did it he was taking back from the thieves, the Sheriff of Nottingham comes to mind, and giving it back to its rightful owners, whereas now it’s the government stealing wealth from its rightful owners and redistributing it to those only deserving of it because they don’t have it). They stand for an all-encompassing government that in effect becomes a replacement for individual responsibility and self-reliance, for many a savior and something to depend on (at one point removing references to God from its platform). They stand for multiculturalism and political correctness.
The Republican platform was one that promoted the traditional family, traditional marriage, low taxes, smaller government, the rule of law, and a clinging to the constitution and the country the way it was instituted. They stand for individual freedom and liberty. They stand for an America with a shared culture that is formed around the ideas of the founding fathers and as spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and the constitution. They believe that there is a morality and that right and wrong exist. Not that they achieve these lofty ideals, but that they hold them up as something to strive for and hopefully attain at some point. They don’t see people as groups, but as individuals, individuals that can achieve whatever it is they desire, if left alone and allowed to flourish.
With all that said, I believe a choice was made last week. It reminds me of a choice that was made many centuries ago in the town of Jerusalem. Pontius Pilate was in a political pickle and rather than make a decision to release an innocent man, he made a political calculation. During the observed feast it was the custom of the governor to release to the people any one prisoner that they wanted. Pilate presented the people with the choice of Barabbas or Jesus; one completely guilty and the other innocent. Barabbas was an insurrectionist, murderer and a thief and stood for all that was base and vile in humanity. Barabbas, in many ways was just like the people themselves, deeply flawed and in need of redemption. Jesus, on the other hand, represented innocence, goodness and all things godly. The people made their choice. They chose Barabbas.
I believe that America has chosen Barabbas and all that he represents. The choice based on greed, envy, hate and selfishness. A choice made by people, as spelled out in 2 Timothy, that “will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” I believe that America has rejected Jesus and all that He stands for.
We are a country built on freedom and liberty. We have the freedom to make choices, even bad choices. God allows all of us as humans the freedom to choose whatever we wish, even to the point of choosing to ignore Him. One thing about choices; they all have consequences. America is dealing with the consequences of her choices over the years. It is interesting that when Pilate was giving the choice, it was to God’s people. God’s people given the choice to accept or reject Him. When we’ve been given the choice, we have chosen the base and vile things of humanity. When we’ve been given the choice, “Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?” our answer has been, “Crucify Him”. And when we’ve been asked again, “Why, what evil has He done?” we’ve shouted all the more, “Crucify Him!”