Bush, Christianity, and politics

2004-10-28 12:51

Bush is something I never expected to see; he’s too religious to be a good President, and yet, he’s a crappy Christian.

He prays ostentatiously. He thinks he’s being guided directly by God. He lies. He tries to force others to comply with his beliefs, without offering any kind of leadership or example.

He does a very good job of pushing the emotional hot buttons to attract the religious vote, but that doesn’t mean there’s any real sincerity involved. We have no evidence of any greater sincerity than we get from any other politician.

Meanwhile, Bush feels comfortable driving away any and all people who disagree with him, and ignoring them, because he feels God is guiding him. He talks about being told by God what to do, so he doesn’t need to waste time reading reports or talking to the intelligence agencies; he already knows what to do. God told him.

And yet… What he does is nothing like what a man named Jesus once told us to do.

As a Christian, I cannot possibly vote for a man who makes a mockery of my faith. As a believer in secular government, I cannot possibly vote for a man who is trying so hard to make his personal take on religion a part of the government I have to live under.

In short… I’d rather vote for a dog than vote for Kerry, but I’d rather vote for the decaying corpse of a squid than Bush.

I am continually mystified by the way in which people mistake Bush for a “Christian candidate”. He uses the buzzwords, but doesn’t walk the walk. There is no humility in him, no gentility, no kindness except when the cameras are rolling. He does not love his enemies. He does not protect the poor and defenseless; he protects the powerful. There is little basis to confuse him with the teachings of Christianity.

I’ve seen a lot of people talk about how Christian Bush is. Then they go on to talk about all the people they want to kill. They talk about how it’s best if we torture terrorists, to make sure they don’t “get off easy”. If that’s what they think Bush represents, well, they may be right, but it ain’t Christianity.

In this election, I’m gonna vote Republican across the board, except for Bush; I’m voting for Kerry. I still believe in small government and fiscal responsibility, but Bush doesn’t believe in these things.

Peter Seebach

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Comments

  1. Just a test comment.

    seebs · 2004-10-30 00:03 · #

  2. Amen! Thank you for saying this; I wish everyone could read it.

    Kate · 2004-10-31 20:50 · #

  3. "I'd rather vote for the decaying corpse of a squid than Bush"

    have to say, I love that.

    — Derintini · 2004-11-03 16:30 · #

  4. I agree with the above comment! That was one funny line, but I sure do understand what you mean. Kerry would have been a more acceptible president, but we have to face the fact that he wouldn't have been able to get anything done in this current climate of not-looking-at-the-reality-of-things. Yeah, the decaying squid corpse would have done a better job than we're about to see.

    Wandering Willow · 2004-11-06 14:32 · #

 
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