Yes, I’m making a political post, because when it comes down to it, it’s not actually about politics at all, it’s about our baptismal vows and the commandment about loving our neighbors. When I took Baptismal Vows in the Episcopal Church, I promised several things (and yes I break those promises and have to repent quite often). The Bishop asked me at confirmation and again at reaffirmation, and again when I had to retake the vows at other times, the priest would ask: “will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?” My response was “I will, with God’s help. The next question is “will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being,” and again my response was “I will, with God’s help.
I take my vows very seriously, even when I fuck them up which is quite often, which is why there is another question in those vows as well: “will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord,” to which I also responded “I will, with God’s help.” I make a general confession of my sins every night in Compline, I also make a sacramental confession when the situation warrants it. The point is I don’t follow the vows like I should and when that happens I need to refocus my life and repent, walking back towards God.
The Book of Common Prayer actually has the best definition of sin I have even seen, in the Catechism of the Church. “Q: What is sin?” The BCP answer is “sin is the seeking of our own will instead of the will of God, thus distorting our relationship with God, with other people, and with all creation.” The Christian life is about loving God with everything we have, loving our neighbor, and also loving ourselves (which is the hardest part of this for me).
Here’s where the rubber meets the road with this election cycle. I’m pissed that the liberals ended up with Joe Biden as the nominee. You have no idea how fucking pissed off that made me. I wasn’t real sure Kamala Harris was a good VP pick, for many reasons, but I’m actually seeing that she’s probably a good candidate for that as time goes on. The Democrats had better candidates, but the thing is that the candidates have already been decided. I would have preferred a different candidate, but since that’s not the case, I’m going to have to vote blue. I wasn’t sure of the mantra “vote blue no matter who” when people were using it, but perhaps they were right.
This election comes down to two basic things for me, which one issue voters (usually that issue is abortion, and Trump is not actually against those) don’t seem to understand: are we going to love money, which the Bible tells us is the root of all kinds of evil, or are we going to love our neighbors as ourselves? This is what it comes down to: money, or people. When my oldest daughter asked me what the difference between the two candidates was, I told her simply that the conservatives are worried more about money and the liberals are worried more about people, and that is just a basic breakdown.
My next political post will have to do with questions I have been asked, as well as delving into the idea that I just want to live in an echo chamber. But let me preface the next post with this: I do not want to live in an echo chamber, I am developing boundaries, and if you do not care to love me and how policies affect me, then we don’t really have anything at all in common.