I realize voting is an important privilege of citizenship, and if we do not shape our government by our vote, we deserve the outcome of who gets into office. That is my core belief and I’m not changing it anytime soon.
But I have often wondered why voting has come under such scrutiny over the past decade or so? This past election was a revelation to many people with all the questions surrounding uncounted ballots, ballot fixing, and the appearance of fraud. Was this just a Republican ploy to cast doubt on our election process? Who knows, but besides all the nefarious claims of tampering, the voters themselves are more prone to believe what the media tells them about elections, the candidates, and the constant pushing of a narrative bordering on socialism. Voters get educated not by research, but by the propaganda that is fed to them from biased sources.
Let me give you an example. In a recent election in our city, the majority of candidates on the ballot (it didn’t matter if they were running for Mayor or Park Board) had in their campaigning literature that they were going to work against global warming. We have 13 people who are being shot every day in our city, and the focus of these educated public servants was about how we are addressing global warming!
Let me just say, global warming won’t matter if you are dead from a gunshot wound. Many people believe that global warming is a real thing that will eventually kill us all if we don’t do something about it immediately. I am an advocate for pollution control and emissions standards … that just is common sense … but to politicize it is unfair to science and the American public. I’m not here to argue for or against global warming, but you can see how one topic can influence people in the voting booth. The candidate they are voting for could be the worst candidate possible for the elected position, but that doesn't matter because if they have a global warming platform, they must have the right perspective. Here are some of the catchphrases that we have been so indoctrinated with throughout our culture:
1. Environmental global warming
2. Racial inequality
3. Police restructuring
All five of these have ramifications for every American, at least that is what is told to us by our government and the media. These five will divide any room, any church, any family … they often do. We are taught to win the argument and that the other side is not worthy of dissent. Even in dissension, the attitude is that the other side is destroying the fabric of America. Attitudes have become so entrenched in their opinions and nothing else matters.
I know a person who won’t go to church because they feel that Christians have such a negative attitude about global warming that it influences them to say, “If global warming isn’t an issue to the church, then I don't have the interest to hear anything else from them." To me, that is indoctrination, not education. Our education has been indoctrinating through our schools for decades. That is why we can be more concerned about global warming issues than we do about people living in a safe city without fear of being shot.
The Bible talks directly about the stupidity of man, or the wisdom of man as it often referred to. Education has, in many ways, become an idol and an enemy of God. Now, I know I will be accused of being anti-education, but unless that education has a link to God it is an enemy because it teaches people to be arrogant, proud, and boastful in their academic pursuits. Knowledge is a god, and it often replaces God as the primary source in a person’s life. Most academic centers in the world are more about their wisdom, knowledge, and discoveries than they are about their wisdom, knowledge, and discoveries about God. Knowledge worships itself, and that is an idol in the eyes of God:
Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
James 3:15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
1 Corinthians 1:20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.
Most PhDs are more excited about their achievements than they are about knowing God. Wouldn’t it be great if they would say that their PhD stands for ‘Prefers Higher Discipline?’
In summary, our education is what brings about the kinds of voters we have at the polls. If we were self-aware about our humanity we would take time to analyze our beliefs and be critically honest about how we got to believe in them. Socialism, capitalism, communism … all these government ‘isms’ are all worthless without a God-consciousness. Education that tells you the answer is in any of these ‘isms’ is foolish. There is only one truth … it is not in an educated knowledgeable mind, but it is in a heart that believes in God and is filled with the knowledge of God to direct their steps.
The hope is not in the voter booth when it comes to lasting hope. A country that rejects God is a country that is vulnerable to destruction no matter who you vote for on election day. Hope without God is an empty hope.
Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler