The race is on, the crack of the starter pistol still echoing in the still of an early morning, but with over a year to go, Christian leaders of all denominations are eager to get in on the action.
Let the groveling and empty promises commence, the race is on for the next leader of the free world. Alliances are being forged, lines are being drawn, candidates are being endorsed, and it feels good, after three years of irrelevance and pseudo obscurity to flex our political muscle once more, to be courted and seduced.
Our time would of course have been better spent in helping the poor, in feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, preaching the Word, but that doesn't get you national exposure anymore. Feeding orphans just isn't cutting it, and preaching the gospel, well that's for people with no aspirations of stardom, or worldly fame. No, we have to pick a pony, cast our lot, so if perchance our pony comes out ahead, we get private oval office meetings, and a brief mention during a very public speech.
It's understandable that some would voice concerns over whom the Christian elite has chosen to endorse as a candidate for a run at the White House, but those with concerns are "small minded men with no vision, they don't understand, or see the bigger picture."
Oddly enough, those voicing concerns are the ones who see, and understand the big picture all too clearly, that's why they are protesting.
By worldly standards, the idea of choosing the lesser of two evils might make sense. To God however, the God who said "keep yourselves from evil, and spotless from the world", the idea of lesser evil just doesn't fly.
"But that's just legalistic talk brother. God stopped being a God of absolutes, of right and wrong, of black and white, sometime before the third century. What good is having a platform if we don't say anything, of being a political force, if we don't bring our weight to bear by endorsing a candidate?"
Sometimes silence speaks more than words ever will, and not endorsing anyone from either party is the right thing, the only thing to do.
"Here you go again right and wrong, they're subjective don't you know." Yes, you've won me over. That's surely the answer. Sometimes we have no choice but to compromise our integrity, our morals, our faith, and betray our very conscience by aligning ourselves with evil and evildoers. Good call, how come I didn't see that until now?
Yes we're all for the "What Would Jesus Do?" bracelets, only when the answer doesn't convict us, only when it doesn't expose us for the corrupt, power hungry, duplicitous and compromising white washed tombs that we are.
So keep asking those probing, insightful and oh, so relevant questions such as, "Would Jesus drive a Prius, or would Jesus eat a burger?", but don't you dare ask if Jesus would endorse, or vote for any of the scabs running for the highest office in the land.
The truth of the matter, is that we will get the leader we deserve, and no endorsement by Pat Robertson can change that outcome. The only issue then, is that he just sold a little bit of his soul, and one day, someone, somewhere will come to collect.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.