Romney vs. Obama: I Cannot Handle Another ’08, But That’s What’s Gonna Happen

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, first.  I am a husband, father, pastor and student, as well.  I love the study of history.  I also understand my role as a Christian to be to attempt to prepare people for the reign of God in the next life–as well as facilitating it in this one, more importantly.  An understanding of history and Christianity such as this has had the effect of giving me the terrible habit of desiring to pay attention to the national political scene.

I do not address these things from the pulpit, because I have seen it turn decent clergymen into mindless shills.  I do nothing but encourage my parishioners to vote and pay enough attention to make the decision they want to make.  I do that because…THIS STUFF DOESN’T REALLY MATTER.  Not really.

There are decisions made in elected office which effect us to one degree or another.  However, it seems–so often–that the degree to which it matters often is directly proportional to the degree to which you care.  #fact

This year, however, I do not want to care so much.  I don’t think I can handle it.

Both candidates–and their representatives–lie.  Repeatedly and knowingly, they mislead anyone who will listen–in order to gain a point or two in the polls.  No matter your political stripe, I think we can all agree on that.

Rather than this election cycle being just as bad as the last, I think it’s going to be worse–much, much worse.  More lies and more money to help distribute those lies.

What will be the same?  The lines of attack each side will use against their opponents.

Hypothetically:

Barack Hussein Obama is a “tax-and-spend” liberal who might as well be a socialist dictator–complete with the Soviet-style czars.  He is an elitist muslim that hates those who own guns and love the Bible.  If we elect him, America will never recover.

Also (hypothetically):

Willard Mitt Romney is an out of touch zillionaire who once tortured his dog by tying him to the roof of a car.  His business experience is saving the Olympics and sending China thousands of American jobs.  If we elect him, we can expect the same horrible economy that George Bush left us with.

“He’s nothing but a Harvard-educated community organizer!”

“He’s a Mormon, and they were a racist organization until Jimmy Carter threatened to take away their tax-exempt status!”

It won’t end until November 7th–and I cannot take it.

But I will.  I cannot help myself.  Do not worry–I will not be blogging about this (aside from this post).  Let me clarify, unless there is something I feel is appropriate for this blog to cover–something that is at the intersection of pop culture and Christianity.

I would encourage you to stay above the fray.  What do I mean?  Do not sink to the level of modern political discourse.  Christians must conduct themselves differently, even in election years.

What do you think?  Leave your comments below.

Okay, I’m stepping off of the soapbox.

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