Many Christians have what we inside the religion call stumbling blocks. One of the books of the New Testament talks about how within Christianity everything is permitted–we can eat meat sacrificed to idols, be uncircumcised, go to dances at the VFW–but not everything is wise. It then further talks about not doing something that feeds into one of your weaknesses or that of another Christian. In other words, don’t do something that makes you stumble, lose sight of the transformation into Christlikeness that you are working on.
Some people stumble when the watch R rated movies or drink alcohol, as those touch off their porn addictions or alcoholism.
Me, I’ve got two stumbling blocks that seem pretty stupid but are deadly serious for me. I can’t play strategy games (poker, Settlers of Cataan, Euchre) with other people because I become a grasping, wily and unkind person.
I also try to avoid political discussions. When I go there–as you can see if you read archived entries–I tend to call names, to be bitter and to discount the humanity of others. I also tend to simmer with undirected anger that festers into rage. I stew in a hopelessness. So I stopped. I got out of politics–or what we call politics but is really a circus–and went on my merry way.
I’m still mostly doing that. But after a few discussions this weekend I need to stick my big toe in and make a serious political statement.
Mitt Romney is the single worst candidate you could choose.
I know a lot of my friends and acquaintences are enamoured with Romney’s Family Values. He seems like the type of man who cares about things that Christians care about. He’s all for the Sanctity of Marriage, and he’s against abortion. Since these are the things that drive Evangelicals to the polls, we’re all happy that Mitt’s there and that we can vote for him.
Unfortunately, he’s worked his social beliefs into a prestidigitation so artful that very few Evangelicals seem to be noticing what a nightmare his economic policies are. Some of them are good, but most of them are either hints at what he may do or clever dodges to avoid saying what he doesn’t want to on things like Social Security and Medicare reform.
You think you’re voting for a conservative because he’s got conservative social policies. But his economic policies are as liberal as President Obama’s. At least Obama was honest about his party affiliation.
Then there’s the tricky matter of this pledge about marriage he signed. He pledges to “investigate and document” allegations of harrassment faced by advocates for heterosexual marriage. That sounds a bit too much like NeoMcCarthyism for me. As a libertarian I balk at the idea of government bodies “investigating and documenting” the activities of free Americans, whether I agree with those activities or not.
This man is a bad choice who is doing a very good job of masquerading as a good choice. I hope more and more voters can see through that.