I don’t know about you, but I think we elected the wrong guy. I’m not talking about Bush versus Gore. I’m talking about Bush versus God. There’s a whole lot of God going on in Washington these days. He’s even got his own White House Office of “Faith Based and Community Initiatives.” And it seems like He’s being called on to do all sorts of things that we used to count on government to do.
Poverty, addiction, drug abuse, inequities between rich and poor, racism–these are real problems demanding real answers. But if God’s in charge of setting our political agenda, why don’t we cut out the middleman and send him back to Texas?
I’m wondering if God himself wouldn’t be the first one to stand up and protest this blurring of the line between church and state. After all, we’re asking Him to take care of problems that we created. God didn’t cause poverty–we did, through specific legislation affecting the ability of people in need to get assistance. Legislation which was proposed, approved, and carried out by real live human beings without wings on their backs and rings on their heads.
Addiction and drug abuse are not God’s problems–they’re political problems, waiting to be solved with legislation pertaining to health care and treatment programs. Inequities between rich and poor are not God’s problem, they’re a political problem–waiting to be solved with legislation establishing a living wage.
Racism is not God’s problem, it’s a political problem–and it’ll be improved by funding education and enforcing existing civil rights laws. These aren’t matters of God’s will–they’re matters of political will. And in the absence of political will, God alone can not propose, dispose, or impose his will on Washington.
I’m sure God wouldn’t mind interceding in the name of earthquake victims, tornado survivors, flood victims and others who find themselves on the wrong end of a natural disaster. But when it comes to political problems, isn’t it the most basic responsibility of government to insure the safety and well being of its citizens?
We hear a lot about the Bush crowd’s fondness for pearls and furs. But there’s another apparel item that a lot of them wear, especially down in these parts–a bracelet with the initials “WWJD.” The letters stand for, “What Would Jesus Do?” It’s a question that’s meant to inform every decision a good Christian makes–from yelling at an unruly kid to swiping a roll of toilet paper from the office.
When it comes to problems like poverty, addiction, drug abuse, inequities between rich and poor, and racism, I think I know what Jesus would do: He’d commit enormous resources to the poor, to health care, to treatment centers, to schools, and to those suffering from social and racial inequality. More than words, his actions would define compassion. The bigger question is WWWD–What Would W Do? And from what I’ve seen so far, the guy who claims to want more God in Washington is–as they say in Texas–all hat and no cattle.