You Know What They Say About Assumptions…
Can you smell that? Smells good doesn’t it? Yes, it’s the political season in the States, and there could be nothing sweeter! I understand that some of you here may not be as much as a “political junkie” as me, but don’t worry, I’m not going to get into the nitty-gritty of everything. Although if I may…Obama ’08!! Okay, it’s out of my system, let us continue.
Now as sweet as the political season smells, at times it can be a bit too bitter; a little hard to swallow; downright sickening. Why? Well, the natural reasons of course (mud-slinging ads, shady practices, and my favorite: never answering a question directly!) Personally though, I am disgusted at the way contemporary politics bundles groups of people together as if they are a prize to be won. Case-in-point: the “evangelical” vote.
Pundits talk about “winning the votes” of evangelicals all the time. Sadly, when they say this they are making gross assumptions about Christianity – in particular, that all Christians think and believe the same way. They then “target” these individuals like they are some kind of wild game. What a shame (not to mention insulting). Frankly, politicians categorize voters in a million different ways. Heck, they’re even starting to talk about the “atheist” vote a little (don’t feel too happy though, you kind of lose your identity through the process).
Let’s be honest, all Christians aren’t the same. Good example: me. I’m pro-choice (I can almost see the vains popping in the strict fundamentalists already). But get this, I’m not democrat either! I’m blowing all kinds of conventions now! Chances are, some of you (not YOU of course…but the other ones reading this post) are getting their “boxes” blown apart too. Just proving a point: assumptions about people are convenient, but these assumptions are hardly ever accurate.
So what does all this have to do with anything? Everything! What assumptions are you making this election? What assumptions are your favorite political candidates making? Call me new-old-fashion (I made that term up), but the political process is a gift (from God?) that many people pass up because they would rather make “assumptions” about candidates…it’s easy and it doesn’t require a lot of thinking. Hey, while we’re on the topic, what assumptions are you making about people? About faith? Be real with yourselves now, let’s not make assumptions about your assumptions!
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P.S. I know I’ve been absent for a while, I apologize. I am finishing up my last semester of Business School and preparing for the release of my book… Until next time!