Thursday, February 11, 2016

I'm not kidding Maddi

 And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” - Matthew 22:21

So apparently there is a woman named Maddi who got an email from the Hillary Clinton organization that pressured her to donate to the campaign saying:

"I'm not kidding Maddi, I'm asking you to give $1 - right this second."

You can read the full text here.

In fact if you click on that link you will find a bunch of really funny memes around the subject.  I mean - really funny.  Some are a little tasteless.

That is the business of politics - support, urgency, passion . . . money.

So what is Mrs. Clinton going to do with $1?  Perhaps it will help hide the enormous amounts of money she takes in from the very people she says that she is against (banks, walls street, the 'institutions' etc).

Maybe it will help her to seem as connected as Bernie Sanders (who has the most individual donations among all the candidates).  He just seems more real because of the number of people who want to give him a dollar.  So Clinton is in a race to seem more real.  Which is a weird race to be in.

Who am I kidding - the whole thing is weird.  This is an equal opportunity weird-fest.  You don't have to be Democrat, Republican, Green Party, Independent - whatever.  I love being outside the whole politics thing because you can really appreciate what a mess it all is.

But it is the urgency that got me - I'm not kidding, Maddi.

Kind of like those creepy preachers on TV.  Pushing us to believe.  Pushing us to support them financially (for who knows what).  All of them in an effort to connect with us - to lead us.  Trying their best to appear real.  Just as much to be ignored.

This email and it's connection to slimy TV preachers begging for money is another reason to never put your faith in politics or political leaders (and smarmy televangelists).  Notice how many times Jesus prays to God for political influence.  How many times He makes appointments with Governors.  How many times he pushes out the vote.


In fact he asks the question, "who's likeness is this?"  Of course He knew who it was - it was a rhetorical way of pointing out how all too often the political goonery that we get all amped up about is a game.  Those who think they are in power are not.  Those who want to change history become history.

So by all means, vote.  Just remember that the people who really changed the world were often disconnected from those that pretended to run it.

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