Wednesday 25 November 2020

How God laughs at the thought of being a voter

God is not a democrat

You cannot help but feel for the religious and conservatives who on the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America thought he was God’s messenger for the times. Too many issues have been conflated with the interplay of religious dogma, ideology, politics and eschatology that you would think, instead of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, God was granted extraordinary privilege to impress on the hearts of voters to choose him.

Then, from a tactical perspective, you might be given to believe that God concentrated on the Electoral College and left Hillary Clinton to win the popular vote. A scrappy job, one would think, but it did suffice for the evangelical bloc and this whirlwind of a presidency was unleashed on not just America, but the whole world.

Yet, God is not a democrat, his kingdom from all descriptions and operations of it do not suggest universal suffrage where every purpose, principle, pattern, prophecy is put to a plebiscite. If there is a comparison with human government, it would be something like a theocratic absolute monarchy and that is not what the United States of America is.

The error of our ways

Besides, I worry when people aver that someone elected to public office is chosen by God because it suggests that any opposition to the person in what is essentially a democracy is opposition to God. That is not how democracies work, if you are elected you should be accountable and answerable to the electorate, that electorate is comprised of human beings alive and eligible on earth and nowhere else.

When I became a committed Christian in the mid-1980s, a whole cohort of student Christians were taken by the Word of Faith movement and our entertainment separate from secular engagements came from viewing The 700 Club on the Christian Broadcasting Network, hosted by Pat Robertson and we lapped up everything as he took us on an adventure of thought and perspective, probably erroneous, but we did not know any better.

Mr. Pat Robertson who is 90 with all his faculties does say the darndest things, you are sometimes left with your jaw dropping to the floor or laughing so hard that you might well choke on your tongue. Given much to histrionics and hyperbole, he has suggested that calling Joe Biden the President-elect is Nazi propaganda. [Crooks and Liars: Pat Robertson: Calling Joe Biden The President-Elect Is Nazi Propaganda]

A narrative asking for derision

One should dismiss this as silliness, but he has a following and he is quite influential in the conservative and evangelical circles that like we did a generation ago, people will just believe any nonsense he says. Presidents-elect have mostly been called by the networks long before the certification of the results except where the election is disputed.

In this case, there has been lots of conspiracy theories but no evidence presented in the courts that could stand the test of examination and scrutiny, Joe Biden has won the popular vote and by the certification of critical swing states, won the Electoral College and as God is not the final arbiter in a democracy, there is no fathomable prospect of Donald Trump being able to overturn the preponderance of the counted tally of votes and the consequence it has shown to end his presidency on the 20th of January 2021.

God is a mocker of man

The evangelical movement that has put all its eggs of faith, politics, and the manipulation of a democracy by God in the basket of Donald Trump has been found on the losing side of this election and they are stunned. The so-called prophecies of Donald Trump’s victories has to be some familiar spirit whispering in their ears with them believing that they were hearing from God. It is easy to fall in the way of error, especially when you prostitute the anointing to political causes and wedge issues.

Like the ass that had to speak to Balaam the prophet when he refused good counsel, it appears God is informing the evangelicals by way of mocking their belief and making a joking spectacle of their being carried along with the Trumpian charade that he is not a democrat, human government is what it is human, not divine. The outcomes are decided by what human beings do as if God was casting a vote, you would ask where does he reside and how did he acquire that right, it would and should only one vote too.

Reading what Pat Robertson said I was immediately inspired to look up Psalm 2 and reword two verses below:

1 Why do the heathen against democracy rage, And these evangelicals imagine a vain thing?

4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: The Lord shall have them in derision.

Even I laugh and just to buttress the point, Pat Robertson has form, as the blogs below indicate.

Blog - A fatwa in everything but name

Blog - Fatwa evangelist blurts out again

Blog - Thought Picnic: How Do They Launder Demons?

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