Dodging The Rain of Cliches

April 2, 2019

Faith & Action, Uncategorized


Several quotes magnify their relevance in the Democratic 2020 presidential pile on.

First, there’s one from me: “The current crop of candidates conjure images of a lukewarm cup of Sanka.” I’m all yawns. Perhaps that’s because modern candidates inevitably portray themselves as Messiahs. I’ve got bad news for them: It’s been done. An excellent Messiah pointed us to Kingdom living, died for our sins, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven. It all happened two thousand years ago, so trim your aspirations to a mere chief executive, oh aspirants. Maybe I’ll then be interested.

The second quote is a tweet from Michael Wear, who led faith outreach for President Obama’s 2012 campaign and worked in the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships: “The pitfall of mixing faith and politics has always been the same and it has plagued right and left: it’s the danger of conflating a righteous conviction about Christian aims (truth, justice, human dignity) with an unjustified certainty about the political means to advance those aims.”

I’ll underscore: “and it has plagued right and left.” The majority of self-proclaimed white American evangelical Christians threw their enthusiasm behind Donald Trump and adjusted their convictions accordingly. That’s bad. But lefty Christians aren’t much better. They spray spite like a cowboy spits tobacco juice. Just look at John Pavlovitz’s twitter feed. He called Trump a “bad person” in one tweet – which is not surprising – then added, “and only bad people still support him.”

Not misguided. Not mistaken. Not even unwise or ill-advised or foolish. You’re a “bad person” if you support Trump.

Welcome to the world of mean-spirited open-mindedness.

The present occupant of the oval office would serve the country better if he enrolled in dog catcher’s training school, but I’m resting my laurels on Psalm 146:3-4 more than any human candidate.


About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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One Comment on “Dodging The Rain of Cliches”

  1. mitchteemley Says:

    Amen, Charles. And well said, too.


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