“Mixing the church and state is like mixing ice cream with cow manure. It may not do much to the manure, but it sure messes up the ice cream.”
– Tony Campolo
there’s no doubt politics is an ugly business.
just look at John Baird.
i’ve never really followed politics and considered myself informed my whole life. i’m more fundit than pundit.
in fact, today at an advanced poll i voted for the first time in my life at the age of twenty-eight.
to be honest, i’ve felt guilty and embarrassed about this in the past. there are places in the world where people are fighting and dying to vote. people are fighting and dying to make their mark and cast their ballots.
so, for the past several months, and especially since the election was called, i have been following and informing myself on all things Canadian politics to the best of my ability. i’ve been sharing thoughts and concerns here on my blog, which i need to add our my own personal views and no one elses, and i’ve been engaging family and friends in conversation about these issues. i’ve been called out and taken to task a little bit. some of it has been warranted; some of it has been a little too trite. all of it, however, has made me think.
i’ve come to a conclusion: i was better off before.
granted, i should be more informed, but i cannot continue to engage in politics the way i have for the past several months. i’ve been nastier, more grumpy, and all around disturbed. earthly politics has to be one of the most frustrating topics to follow and discuss. no politician or political party has got a monopoly on doing the right thing. they’ve all got pros and cons.
the lyrics of a Derek Webb song came to me the past couple days. the song is called “A King and A Kingdom.” the chorus describes the reality for Christians.
“My first allegiance is not to a flag, a country, or a man. My first allegiance is not to democracy or blood, it’s to a King and a Kingdom.”
i need to stop worrying about earthly politics and focus more on the Kingdom.
i’ve been dangerously close to ruining my ice cream.