The GOP Nomination And The Other Side Of The Frying Pan
April 16, 2012
By Rev. Michael Bresciani
Twisting old and revered adages is a risky business in a world that has become historically challenged and patently perverse. The risk is that many may think that the perverse version is actually an old standard with deep or hidden meanings meant for the initiated.
It could just be stupid, as in; you can lead a horse to water – but you can’t make him gather moss. Or it could be that the perverse version holds a whole new meaning for an increasingly perverse generation. Eclecticism and perversion have co-mingled and now are part of that blurred, shady area between the common wisdom of the day and true wisdom’s truths to live by.
Trends in society need to be read, qualified and if anyone is still awake, some need to be discarded as quickly as possible. The problem with that idea is simply that we are a generation that accepts perversion as entertainment, distraction and perhaps even attractiveness. It is the reason we sponsor vast teams of producers who scour the nations to find talent in our young (song and dance talent) while we are not looking anywhere, to see if they’ve got character.
The product of this penchant crosses all the lines, but nowhere does it show up more dressed and ready to entertain than in politics. We are racing to the place of no return in our choice for a Republican nominee for president after going through frontrunners and wannabes like burning battered tires in the Indy 500.
We have, as it were, decided that the slick talking successful businessman who looks like the perfect host for the Price is Right, will pull us out of the Obama quagmire and escort us back to worldwide pre-eminence and economic good times.
Not only does he look good, but he is not bothering us with all those pesky ‘hot button’ issues like abortion, same sex marriage and the gay agenda. We are not at risk of having our conscience pricked by this ‘electable,’ but we can look forward to more jobs and security with complete impunity for our part in any of the aforementioned.
Is it safe to say, that we have wisely decided that we will not jump out of the frying pan and into the fire, but have decided to play it safe by jumping from one side of the frying pan to the other?
Can we now borrow from the adage (which after all may be totally wrong) that says we should, ‘feed a cold, but starve a fever’ to explain the lack of depth in our choice for the nominee? The adage could be ‘feed the wallet, but starve the conscience’ (which after all may be totally correct.)
Those called to press the conscience of a nation may use adage, quips, quotes and maxims for emphasis or elucidation, but they will never be offered as a substitute for the highest wisdom of the generations. Having written over 500 jeremiads and calls to the higher conscience of the nation; this writer will not now, or ever, choose the perversions of the day to estimate the product of tomorrow.
Holding respect for the best offered by Ron Paul and the wide experience of Newt Gingrich is an act of civility. It is not to be compared with the recently put forth notion that America is being offered the GOP version of JFK in Rick Santorum. Are we letting this boat sail for another four years because we have heard that Mitt’s liner is unsinkable? After shunning the misused, over rated and now clearly false slogan known as ‘change we can believe in;’ are we now falling victim to a single word, namely, ‘electability?’
Who started that word to rolling, and since when, did anything, but the will of, ‘we the people’ decide who is electable? Will the 2008 election that was anchored by a slogan be trumped by the tag word of the 2012 election? Forget silence; now is the time for us to all bow our heads for a moment of honesty.
If our pundits have dared to tell us how to think, then should we be surprised that our prophets are declaring that we are not thinking at all?
The principles that Romney stands on as seen in his record may indeed be able to get Obama off our backs but only the principles espoused by Santorum will be able to get God off our backs. Our time of reckoning is near; you do the math.
Leaving off yet more diatribe and warning about Mitt Romney’s flip flops, Romneycare, support of the gay agenda, same sex marriage and his stated refusal to do anything about the repeal of DADT, we can move on to the part that will not go away, but makes a mockery of the word – electability.
The weakest aspect of democracy is its inability to admit that sometimes the people collectively make a bad decision. This is why one of the direct commandments of God says that we are not to follow a crowd to wrest judgment. (Ex 23: 2)
Anyone can level charges against a candidate, but it all becomes much clearer when we direct our attention away from a candidate’s past record to what we can actually expect them to do in the future.
As we approach the fortieth anniversary of the life wasting decision of Roe v. Wade we can with relative certainty expect Romney to do nothing at all to overturn that decision. It is also certain that as we approach the 40 year mark we are dangerously close to that reaction from the Author of life referred to as judgment.
Pregnant moms can swallow handfuls of change, but not one penny will make its way to the uterus and all the ranting about women’s health will not make the unborn child forming inside them any less innocent. A child in the uterus is the very definition of poor and dependent. This is why the warning given by the Prophet Jeremiah is more important today in this nation than it ever was. Consider.
“On your clothes is found the lifeblood of the innocent poor, though you did not catch them breaking in. Yet in spite of all this you say, ‘I am innocent; he is not angry with me.’ But I will pass judgment on you because you say, I have not sinned.” (Je 2: 34-35 NIV)
This may be the acceptable day to pound away at the so called ‘separation of church and state,’ but let’s come down out of the clouds just a little and remember that these warnings did not come from Greek mythology, Aesop’s Fables or the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner. These words come from the mouth of the Living God and we will be held accountable.
As the day approaches and the 54 million aborted children come to God’s remembrance I submit that it will take more than a handful of gold coins and lower jobless numbers to recover any real security in the nation.
If God can withhold everything that is needed for survival right down to the staff of bread, what fool would insist that he does not have the ebb and flow of our markets, banks and securities directly under his watchful eye? We may think that the ‘electable’ can fix this slide but this is the bottom line – no one will fix anything without God’s green light.
Here are two final messages. One from the word I received almost 40 years ago and another from the pages of writ. The first is simple. God showed me in no uncertain terms that before the days of my life come to an end America will undergo times of extreme ‘poverty and scarcity.’ It will not matter who we elect in 2012, it is a foregone.
The second is a warning given to Israel and used here to show that God controls everything from the feeding of the lone sparrow to the rise and fall of nations.
“So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and astonishment unto the nations that are round about thee, when I shall execute judgments in thee in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it. When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread.” (Eze 5: 15-16)
It brings me no pleasure or particular delight to say these kinds of things but it would be even worse if I do not –for both the nation and myself.