I wrote a post Sunday that I intended to publish this morning, but I thought I’d run it by my husband first before I hit the publish button. I usually don’t do that, but because this one was political in nature, I wanted to get my husband’s opinion. He said it was right on. He agreed with everything I wrote. Then he advised me not to post it. I reluctantly hit the trash button.
The fact that I even asked my husband’s advice means I already had doubts about the post. My husband said maybe I could rewrite it and leave out the politician’s name I was railing against. If I did that, the post would have been meaningless because it was the message of this particular candidate that made me so angry. I had to include his quotes, and then you would know who I was writing about. My blog posts have mostly been non-partisan, and changing now might alienate some of my readers and change the nature of my blog. So I chose to delete the post.
I don’t want to leave it alone until I at least say this: People can always find ammunition to support their beliefs, even using the Bible. What makes me very uneasy is when the person promoting those beliefs tries to make me think that his beliefs trump my beliefs because he operates on a morally superior plane. Beware of candidates who claim that their faith is the one sanctioned by God, and anyone who disagrees with them is not practicing the right brand of religion.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” How sad is that? And also how true. This is not a government for Christians only. Even if we are a country of mostly Christian people, the tyranny of the majority is not what we are about. Sadly, even some Christians want to promote their brand of religion over other Christians, as if they have an “in” with God that those of us who disagree with them obviously don’t have. Good, moral people exist who practice many brands of faith or no faith at all except their faith in their fellow man, and they are fully capable of leading our nation. So when I hear a sanctimonious candidate promote his religious beliefs as what is best for everybody in our nation, that’s one person I will be steering clear of.