An appeal for all XCGers—VOTE!

In November 1988, at age 18 I had the privilege right here in Canada that all Canadians have the right and priviledge to do. I voted. I was then proud of what I did and still am! Despite the fact at that time I was a so-called “Second Generation Christian” in “God’s True Church—the Worldwide Church of God.” I even went so far to say that I was not baptized (I was only baptized waay later in 1997, only deciding to leave a year later in ’98)—so there—was my defiant (proto-Sarah Palin) reply. Deep down I was never, ever comfortable with being a  neutralist (we weren’t really neutralist but that’s another topic for another time)—or they would say, “Stay out of the politics of the world!”  Looking back (being older and wiser I hope), without being easily manipulated as I once was, there was a lot of politics in the place which was “God’s Church”. I am not going in depth about it here and anyone wants to deny that simple fact is free to have their own opinion but cannot deny some hard facts.  “The Church” allowed you to pray for leaders of anykind—but it was not okay for one to choose them through voting. One argued  that  with our prayers[XCG’s of course] we are in a sense “voting.” My late high school teacher in social sciences was right and it is my firm belief that he is still right two decades later though he is no longer with us in flesh. In an essay that I did in high school I was “wishing” that social Darwinism would be in wastebin of history (a truly ambitious but noble idea for an 18 year old kid)—but the late great Mr.Ed Devai had to say something about “wishing”. He said, “You see “wishing” or even  praying is a passive approach to sometimes avoiding steps of action to reach certain goals.” This is going to get the people who do pray a little mad but I still believe he is right. Those who just “pray,pray” and do nothing else is a problem. I call it “magical thinking” or  a “God wil fix it” mentality. To be blunt and direct I truthfully call it  “laziness”.  It is pure laziness for any man to do you thinking and dictating how you should dress, behave, eat, sleep, buy, sell, make love, who your friends should be, who your friends shouldn’t be, what relatives to contact, what relatives to avoid, what car you drive, what books you read,etc., etc.—you get the point! Shouldn’t that principle apply whether to vote or not vote? Forget the proof-texting scripture that the Armstrong movement uses aaaallll the time to death is “My kingdom of is not of this world!” Oh yes, I too not going discuss that verse on this post (maybe another). I am very sure that the Apostles and many people outside of Palestine in The Roman Empire would have welcomed voting for an Emperor and would have gladly voted Caligua out of office and put him on welfare! Any sane person, any honest rational reasonable intelligent Bible scholar will rightfully conclude that there is nowhere in the Bible that forbids anybody to vote. Nowhere. Let us remember that Old Testament saints like Joseph was Prime Minister of Egypt. Shadrach, Meschech and Abednego were Jewish nobility in the Babylonian Empire and their friend Daniel—had some “executive” experience (a Governor) in a Babylonian province (something that McCain, Obama and Biden can’t speak of! 🙂 )  The saints of the Old Testament, like the saints of the New Testament they were citizenship is of heaven but they were actively involved in the policy making decisions of their day. There was absolutely no tension of either/or about it. I know the excuse with most XCGers is that was in the Old Testament but we are now in the New. I say—how ironic. They can allow certain dietary laws, holy days, other levitical laws that don’t require sacrifices (which I have no problem if used rightly)—but no one can be engaged in public policy in the New Testament??? The historic WCG truly “picked and choosed” their theology and they sure did that in strange and different ways.

The real issue here, is that person  who leads that particular XCG sets himself as a middleman between you and God wants to keep his power and he wants you to feel like he is unstoppable—perhaps invincible. Here’s a big secret. He’s not. He is fallible, prone to error and his likes (and many dislikes) have nothing to do with Christian living. Imagine the power and responsibility over a pastor being a Premier of a Canadian province—or a Governor of American state.  Imagine YOURSELF—oh yes as potential Premier or Governor for a moment! If some creepy middle aged man molesting a cute and innocent 16 year old in your congregation. A pastor who brushes it is off saying it is not anything imporatant. Elders, deacons and deaconesses are in passive-aggressive mode doing nothing.  YOU GOT THE POWER! You can get to say to this jerk, “You`re name is NOT Pierre Trudeau and you  never had the money he did nor looks as he did—so take your slimey hands off this girl!“Let my fellow Canadians understand (and have a good laugh at) that statement.  If you think talk is cheap and want some action—you haul in the state troopers  or if you`re Premier from my home province Ontario, you haul in the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police). Want to stand up to your authoritarian pastor and this molesting creep?—make sure you order a thorough investigation and your friends whether Crown or District Attorneys will make sure there will be trial and this creep and his minion enablers  will face some severe consequences—but that won`t happen. You take pride in avoiding “politics of the world“and letting “God take care of it“. Again simple laziness and passive aggressive stupidity in action. With your non-involment in public policy—you again you have become a man or maidservant of the the pastor and the splinter leader, but that can change and there is a solution.

Yes, I strongly encourage all members of splinters of XCGers to vote. I would like to suggest run for office but I think it`s best to take one step at a time. Not all of you can handle disfellowshipment well. At the same time I feel it is time for some of you to boldly assert your liberty as a human being created in the eyes of God. Ignore typical XCG punditry from the leaders who shout and scream, `McCain-Pallin—more years to the work, Obama-Biden—the end of the age is coming CLEAN UP YOUR ACT!!!!“  Make up your own mind! If you think Barack Obama can handle the economy—vote for him! If you think John McCain is more equipped in matters of national security—vote for him.  Here in Canada, if you think Stephen Harper is equipped to handle the economy—vote for him. If you think Stephane Dion has the plan for the environment—vote for him. If you believe that Jack Layton presents a “different kind of strong”—vote for him. If you think Elizabeth May has the best environmental plan than the rest of the contenders—vote for her! Bottom line—think for yourself and forget about what the splinter leader speculates!!! I know in Canada the election is on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles and if you are not able to be in your local area that day there is always an advance poll and you can check online with Elections Canada about the details.

Gavin Rumney said it best in his latest post about the XCG’s (especially Rod Meredith’s approach) to do a “do nothing” gospel which actually a “no gospel” to say the least, “A good place to begin is by participating in the democratic process, a right, responsibility and privilege that has been hard won and should never be wasted. ”  Amen to that and let us all take Gavin’s serious advice to heart.

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9 thoughts on “An appeal for all XCGers—VOTE!

  1. Hey Felix,

    How do you interpret that passage in I Corinthians (I think) which says Christians can’t sue each other? How would that apply to a situation where a church member is molesting an underage girl, and the minister doesn’t seem to care, so interference from the civil authorities is needed?

  2. James wrote: “How would that apply to a situation where a church member is molesting an underage girl, and the minister doesn’t seem to care, so interference from the civil authorities is needed?”

    Well James, the parties involved, that includes the minister, are under legal obligation to report this. If not reported, the child could seek prosecution against all parties that knew of the crime. Accessory after the fact.

    I wonder if the local congregation would be proud of its minister as a registered sexual offender. You see, an accessory is JUST as guilty as the offender……..

  3. Oh boy. I remember the infamous “beaver shot” photo of Margaret Trudeau many years ago. That was while she was allegedly partying with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

    But, more germane to the topic at hand, there is an old Latin saying (Roman Latins, not Chicano!) It goes “Vox populi, vox Dei” The word of the people is the word of God. Or, God speaks through the people. There is a modicum of truth to that.

    I believe that most people who vote, vote with the best intentions. They vote their consciences, or they vote for the party that best embodies their personal ideals.

    I can also see where the ancients were often in situations in which the surrounding government was a theocracy based on pagan gods. Romans considered the Christians to be atheists. They did not believe in the Roman pantheon, in which the Christian God had no standing, so they were considered atheists. The Roman emperor during apostolic times was revered as a god. In such situations, of course Christians would not be voting for a false God, that is when voting was even a part of the system of governance.

    Simpletons and their cliches often promote grave misunderstandings.

    BB

  4. Do you mean to suggest if I pray, “Thy will be done” — in this case about an election — I’m being lazy?

    I appreciate your concern and passion on this. But I gave my vote to God way back in January, when the Iowa caucuses started the game. I’m still doing that now. If I give that vote to God, are there really any better hands holding it?

  5. Not to start a fight Richard, but I think my point was missed. Nothing is wrong asking for God’s will in an election (and I have said nothing—nor SUGGESTED anything of the sort!) but if that is the end all and be all of everything, I raise issue and I stand by my statements. Yes, we should ask God’s will be done in our seeking employment, planning our career and financial goals, choosing our mates, handling our finances and so on. If we leave it to “God’s will” and just sit back and “let God take care of everything” (seems like an XCG phrase and thing to do) and do simply nothing (as Gavin rightly charges)—YES, that is lazy! Anyone who takes offence at that, tough. That’s where I stand and let the chips fall where they may.

  6. Hi ftloveblog70;

    I am a Canadian and I exercise my franchise to vote as a dual citizen of Canada and the Kingdom of God, as a Christian. I don’t worry a lot about the imperfections of our government system, although it bothers me that the Prime Minister has dictatorial powers between elections; especially if he has a majority. I rather like minority gov’ts so there is a measure of accountability. Our leaders seem to be prone to corruption; well maybe not more than other world leaders.

    I happened upon your website from a search for the Center for Judaic-Christian Studies. I like your emphasis on community participation, but I am unfamiliar with and can’t relate to your real life church situation/history.

    mymoss

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