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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Losing Is No Fun/Egos the Size of Cathedrals

I can't lie. It is not fun to lose. Losing tends to bring out the worst in us. It can turn us into whiny babies. Losing in politics is no exception. Sometimes we get really caught up on the outcome, and if it doesn't go the way we want, we can get a little crazy. I can empathize. Heck, randomly click any of the 91 blog posts I made in 2005. There is a 75 % chance the post you click will have something to do with my anger over the results of the 2004 presidential election or the actions of the newly re-elected President.
The truth is the majority of America wanted that man to be President, and the majority of voting Americans placed their ballot in his favor. They did this because we are free to vote for who we want and they used that wonderful freedom to vote for someone I did not want in office.
But guess what? The world is still turning. The United States of America still exists. I still think our last President was not a good President and certainly made some not so good choices, but some of the things my most vehement posts worried over have not come true. The caribou of Alaska's National Parks aren't being forced to leap over a giant oil pipeline as they make their migration routes. Other countries still want to be our friend. Heck, we may even get out of Iraq one of these years. Life goes on.
A few months ago I posted about how proud I was of most of the people whose candidate did not win this time. They sure reacted more respectfully and maturely than I did four years ago. I won't take that back either. But I will knock a small contingent that is acting far more insanely than I ever did.
I am of course referring to that section of society that still believes President Obama is the Antichrist, a secret-Muslim, a hater of America who wants a one-world UN-led government, and a tyrant who wants to rewrite the constitution as he sees fit. I am not exaggerating in the least bit about this behavior because everyday I have to read these words as these people's Facebook status. Well, I guess I don't have to log-on to Facebook, but that is beside the point.
The point is that many of these people believe our founders sailed to America on a boat made of Bibles, reached the shore of America for the first time only to find Jesus Christ himself standing on the shore waiting for them, whereupon, Jesus dictated the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and all other important government documents to our holy leaders who eagerly wrote down Jesus' words with penitent pen. As a Christian, I would love if that were true, but it is not. Our founding fathers were Christians and Deists, Agnostics and Atheists. The United States of America is a manmade country that some day will fall, and though I don't really want that to happen, it will, and we Christians will all be fine because our nation is not America, but the Church, and Jesus is our leader, not Barack Obama or George Bush or the Pope.
Jesus Christ.
I am only 27, but to be honest I figured that out five or six years ago. Unfortunately, some people, sadly a majority of them Christians, have not figured this out. They think that America is the Eternal Church. If they don't think that, they sure act like they do.
And to boil all of these people down into one caricature, I am talking, of course, about Glenn Beck.
Yes, at first I did not believe that such a person was real. But he is real and he is on TV every night. That scares me. This man is obviously crazy and saying things that are crazy, but people are watching him and taking everything he says to heart like it is the Gospel truth. Why are Christians so apt to put their trust in America and the Constitution and Glenn Beck, but not Jesus Christ himself? Are they even Christians? I hope they are.
I have a big ego. Duh. If you've been reading this blog for five minutes, you know that. Heck, my About Me section just comes right out and says it. Most of the blogging I've done outside of the political and Church stuff has been about me dealing with that.
That said, I have to give some props to someone I can't stand: Kanye West.
Or maybe I should say "couldn't stand." I think the guy has just won me over. I have to admit, I do not like his music. I can't tell you one song I've heard by him that I've enjoyed. His personality irks me even more.
Why does it irk me?
Because his major issue is the same as mine. He thinks he is the greatest person alive.
Always on top of things, South Park recently ran an episode lampooning West's ego, portraying him as someone who could not process a simple joke without thinking it was about him.
West's response to South Park (which I've linked above) was not anger, but humility. He actually admits that he now sees he has an ego problem, often seems like a jerk to people, and wants to change. South Park made him feel convicted, and by way of him, made me feel convicted, too.
Kanye, neither one of us are gay fish. We are just two dudes who think we are the greatest people God ever created and need that same God's help to realize we are not.
Nice work again South Park.


jess said...

I keep saying this to other Christian friends: We cannot expect the laws of a country to be godly when the nation itself and its leaders are not all godly. We aren't all led by God, and we will not have the "perfect nation" that too many Christians think this country should be.

This country is just that: a country of people who have different morals and ideals and, yes, even belief systems. We Christians hope for a time without strife or disbelief in Christ, but we are naive to think that America is that answer. America is a country in an imperfect and pain-filled world, not eternal life or heaven.

Nicholas said...

Amen, Jess.

John T. Meche III said...

Stephanie said...

soo... uhhh... i can add a new one to your list that i heard today during church. on easter sunday. adolf hitler.
OUR nation cannot fall because OUR nation is the kingdom of God... and it's -quite- a bit bigger than the usa.
thank you for your post. it's seriously what me and charlie have been talking about for the past few months.

Nicholas said...

"it's seriously what me and charlie have been talking about for the past few months"

Good. The more people are talking about how absurd this idea is, the more absurd it will seem.