Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Post-Election Hangover.

Here Comes Mr. Jordan

Put no trust in princes,
In mortal men in whom there is no help. - Psalm 146

I smiled a bit last night when they announced Obama the winner.  How ironic, I thought.  Whose side is God on?

You have to marvel at God's providence.  I don't like to play 1930's Hollywood images of God in the clouds, but...

Imagine God as the big chief executive in the heavens, angels dressed in business suits running the 'operation'.  Reporting in, play by play, the prayers coming in, sometimes in fever pitch:  "God!  Don't let Obama get elected!"  "Make Romney our president!"  "Fix the economy!"  "Stop the storms!"  "Abolish poverty!"  "Amend our constitution!"  "Appoint for us judges who will rule according to ______ fill in the blank!"

Telling God what to do...

Sometimes it seems like that, don't you agree?  Especially when religious people of various stripes - predominately the self-appointed - tell you in minute detail what God expects of you... like 'save the planet and recycle your used toilet paper.'

Imagine half of the United States voters are probably all going to hell because they voted for Obama.  That's what some religious people have been saying - you're going to hell because of your politics.  Hell must be filled with Germans - the ones who voted for Hitler I mean - they will have to make room for U.S. citizens who voted for Obama.  (I'm just being sarcastic - don't get upset.  The ones who go to confession can got to purgatory.)

Evidently the Marriage Amendment didn't pass in Minnesota.  I'm against gay marriage - I say it all the time - and yes, I voted Yes on the ballot.  (A yes vote meant no gay marriage.)  Not because I am trying to avoid hell, but because I'm really against it and I am admittedly, an openly homophobic man.  Fact is - gay marriage is already illegal in Minnesota.  Of course the laws can be changed which is why the amendment was sought.  The vote was intended to anticipate the future... despite the notion "sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."  That said, it looks like half of all Minnesota voters are on their way to perdition this morning.
And in Minnesota, where gay marriage is already not allowed, voters declined to back an initiative that would enshrine in the state's constitution a definition of marriage permitting only a union between a man and woman. - WSJ

Well I did the right thing - but I'm not trying to be smug about it.  I voted against some politicians I actually like and voted for a Mormon cult member whom I dislike.  Not for fear of going to hell  (although I am afraid of that), but because I am pro-life - I am against abortion - something not one righteous politician has been able to change for over 40 years, mind you.  I voted against SS marriage because - as I have said over and over - I'm honestly and truly against it and because homosexual acts are immoral and sinful, and that behavior really will get you a place in hell if you don't repent.  Abortion not so much though.  The women who get them aren't held accountable, and if they go to confession - it's all good - plus, if they do have the baby instead of aborting it, they in turn supply the market with adoptable children.

So what's my point with the cynical post-election day wrap-up? 

Nothing really.  Just venting.  Yesterday I was so crabby and cranky and angry.  So sick of the politics, the name calling, the condemnations, the mean-spiritedness - and that was just in my soul!  Imagine all of that cacophony hitting God's ears from the rest of the 'righteous' and those telling him what needs to be done, and or, what to do, when to do it, and how it should be done.

I'm sure when I click around to the online pundits, everything will be accounted for.  The blame will be passed around to this group of nuns or that governor or mayor - or on those people who just didn't get out on the campaign trail, and so on and so forth.  Don't even mention the bad Catholics and CINO's and the sacramentalized but unevangelized.

Then of course there is the more than 2 years of campaigning, more than 2 billion dollars spent on 'air-time' stuff to piss me off.  Air!  Air-time!  And still everything stays the same.  All the crap we went through!  Gingrich, Bachman, and all the other wanna be's!  We seem to elect people just for them to campaign to stay in office.  That is an annoying factoid of American life.  All the kings horses, all the kings men.  Today's Gospel comes to mind: "What king marching into battle would not first sit down and figure out if he could win..." 

On our money we print "In God we trust".

I wonder if we do?

 A king is not saved by his army,
nor a warrior preserved by his strength.
 A vain hope for safety is the horse;
despite its power it cannot save.

The Lord looks on those who revere him,
on those who hope in his love,
 to rescue their souls from death,
to keep them alive in famine. - Ps. 33


  1. This strikes me as having Gnostic presuppositions, some ungrounded assumptions and an above-it-all slant. We're called by the Church, according to VII, especially as laymen, to engage in civic life. I don't think that necessarily equates to trying to tell God what to do or to lack trust in Him and His Providence. Perhaps it may on an individual level - as in how one approaches these things in one's soul - but that's a judgement we cannot make.

    Bishops and priests, who we believe to have God-given authority to teach us, have been telling us what to do in terms of this election for months - as they should have been. If that is so, then I'm to believe today that it was all just politics and it had no meaning? Is God up in the clouds looking down upon the bishops and the rest of us with a smile and a wink, naive children that we are?

    I know that questions of Providence are complicated and mysterious and I don't think anyone has an answer to it. But this detached stance strikes me as practically meaningless. We're called to both/and: both engagement and proper detachment; no trust in princes but rendering unto Ceaser only what is his; self-abandoment to divine providence and the call to go forth and be disciples.

    How that all works out I do not know.

    1. There you go. Thanks for your opinion.

  2. I think both points of view are important. It's clear though that the cost of being Catholic just rose.

    Who really knows? God didn't ignore anyone's prayers - maybe he's got different ways of answering.

  3. God heard our prayers and He answered them by pointing to the Cross. The Cross is ultimately the sign of victory, right? My favorite Psalm 27 was today... "The Lord is my Light and my Salvation, whom should I fear... Be stouthearted and wait for the Lord."

  4. God heard our prayers and answered by pointing to the Cross. The Cross is the sign of Victory, right? My favorite Psalm 27 today... "The Lord is my Light and my Salvation, whom should I fear?... Be stourhearted and wait for the Lord."

  5. Hi Terry.

    See you at Cellblock 125 of the DHS Midwest Reeducation Facility! Save me a seat for lunch!

  6. Terry:

    Do you stand by this

    it's all good - plus, if they do have the baby instead of aborting it, they in turn supply the market with adoptable children.

    1. Pretty much - even though it is expressed a bit crudely in a spirit of hyperbole. My underlying point is the lack of accountability for women - some of whom have multiple pregnancies.

      They are also hailed as heros for not aborting or killing their newborn. Is it heroic virtue to take responsibility for your actions? To save a life that was conceived in your body? And those who are recovering from abortion are treated like martyrs and victims. They aborted their baby - they killed a human being.

  7. Terry -- do you believe you honor a "hero" by stating that she is
    Supplying The Market??? Is
    That how you honor our Veterans -- by writing they are supplying the

  8. The term supplying the market should not be used in connection with human beings. Women are humans -- not livestock


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