Yes, I’m bringing up and mixing together the two most taboo subjects that are never to be spoken about in mixed company. The thing is, I have a question, an honest question, and I would like to hear honest responses from multiple viewpoints.
First, I’ll put my position right out in the open: I am not religious. I have many friends, close friends actually, who are. I love and respect them, but I do not share their religious beliefs.
So when it comes to politics, at least American politics and the upcoming election we have two weeks from today, the Facebook and Twitter posts have me thinking of something that seems to glaring.
The question I have is directed to the religious – mainly Christians, admittedly, as that is the dominant religion in my Facebook feed, but any other religious adherent reading this, or any atheist or agnostic that would like to respond, I’d love to hear your view as well.
How can you justify supporting a liar?
Now, I would like to go a bit deeper into that question, if you’ll allow.
We’ve had three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate in the final days of this election. I have seen many religious people posting things on Facebook such as “Obama just lied!” or “Romney told this many lies in 30 minutes!” And after each debate, fact-checkers come out and count up the lies on both sides.
So it seems to me that in either case, you, as a Christian, are choosing to support the candidate who tells 10 lies or the candidate who tells 30 lies. But in the end, both have shown themselves to be dishonest.
What is striking to me, at least as an Alabama resident, is that periodically, our state legislature attempts to pass bills that would require the 10 Commandments to be posted on public property – schools, court houses, etc. And in this election, “10 Commandments Judge” Roy Moore is actually on the ballot, attempting to get back his job as Chief Justice after being removed for ethics violations – violating a federal judge’s order to remove a 10 Commandments monument.
Taking into account that one of those commandments says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor,” and we know “bearing false witness” to be lying, it leads me back to my original question: How can you justify supporting a liar?
(And I’ll go ahead and ask a follow-up question as I anticipate at least one person will bring up “voting for the lesser of two evils:” when did your Bible [or other holy books] ever justify voting for evil?)