Wednesday, April 27, 2016

An unfortunate thought

One of the oft-repeated complaints right now among American Christians is that, ugh, the choices are just so -rotten- for the devout during this presidential election. We have Cruz, who's kind of creepy even if you like him. There's Trump, a blowhard who says *gasp* offensive things (quite unlike the character of Christ). There's Sanders, an irreligious jew who's conveniently found God in his heart recently. And Hillary, who's had a Saul on the road to Sodom experience, declaring that religious people need to update their beliefs to be more in line with the Democratic party.

Not exactly 'devout', this bunch, no matter how crazy Beck gets on stage with Cruz. I grant this.

However, I seem to recall W was very devout - and he's been directly responsible for Christians being all but completely wiped out in the Middle East. Didn't do much on the abortion front either.

For Catholics, our own Pope is responding to ISIS-provoked slaughter by washing muslims' feet and whisking muslims off to safety while betraying Christian refugees. I've been told, by numerous people, that this is about as Christian as you can get, short of unlocking your doors and inviting terrorists in to enjoy your hospitality before, during, and after they rape and murder you.

Our pro-life leadership has announced, in no uncertain terms, that anyone who holds women responsible for their abortions is some kind of alt right monster, completely out of touch with the pro-life movement who regards them all as victims.

And we've got no shortage of clergy and leaders portraying Christianity as a religion where, if a muslim breaks into your house and starts killing and raping your family, it's better to die than kill him in self defense, because a Christian's job is to save souls and never harm a hair on a poor soul's head - after all that little lost lamb may have a conversion experience someday.

What I'm getting at is: what if our likeliest 'devout' leadership are so screwed up on average that it would be better for Christians to have a cultural Christian (God-believing, Christian-friendly, but not exactly trying to be a saint) at the reins than to pick some pontificating jackass for the same role?

Put another way: if I had to choose between Donald 'Forgiveness? Why? All my ex-wives think I'm great' Trump and a laicized Pope Francis for the presidency, Trump would win in a heartbeat.

Because Christian leadership has proven itself to be so inept that so many of them are no longer worth looking to for much of anything.

5 comments:

Edgestow said...

Sounds to me like you're looking for a Mussolini, or maybe a Putin.

Crude said...

Sounds to me like you're looking for a Mussolini, or maybe a Putin.

Are you sure it does, and you're not just saying that because I said 'Trump' and you just reflexively typed in the first nonsense-echo stirred from that moment of reflexive association?

I invite you - support your claim from the content of my post. Or withdraw it. Take your pick.

malcolmthecynic said...

Come on Crude, you surely you realize that despite having different government policies and ascents to their respective leadership positions Trump, Putin, and Mussolini are basically the same person.

I mean, yeah, those two things pretty much amount to what we should care about when it comes to picking a leader, but who's counting?

For Catholics, our own Pope is responding to ISIS-provoked slaughter by washing muslims' feet and whisking muslims off to safety while betraying Christian refugees.

Ouch. Brutal.

Entirely true, but brutal.

But hey, at least we can wash women's feet now during Good Friday rituals! That was a scenario crying out for papal intervention, right?

Crude said...

There really needs to be some kind of high-profile confrontation between the Pope and some disappointed laity. I'd just love to see a Christian refugee tell this Pope, 'You betrayed us. You let us down.' To his face, with cameras around.

I think we'd see Francis change from the kindly old man to a 'Get those ****ing cameras out of my face!' figure immediately.

GoldRush Apple said...

>>declaring that religious people need to update their beliefs

So it's like updating technology, say a web browser or a faster OS? Maybe a faster, more efficient, public transportation system. No? Okay, how about a step closer to curing AIDS and every form of cancer? No again!

*sigh*

Wait - that "update." I see. I guess all the LGBT people can now stop committing suicide, cutting themselves, and that women can be priests. I suppose you can say it'll be more streamlined, sorta like futuristic space ship or something.