I heard that the “big money” political donors had a meeting. At this meeting they all decided that if Donald Trump got the nomination on the Republican side of the aisle, they would pick up all of their “big money” and move it over to Hillary Clinton.
So what. Whoever the people nominate, in the absence of nefarious behavior, will get all of the money they need. Without the “big money” ever having to donate one dime.
So what’s behind this? Well, the big problem is called “perfection”. And “perfection” often stands in the way of “good”. So, you say this does not make any sense, right?
It makes “perfect” sense. Perfection is impossible for “man” to attain. Perfection is by definition the absence of sin. All men and women sin. So these “big money” donors are not looking for the “perfect” candidate. Instead, they are seeking “perfect malleability”. In this way, they define the candidate they like to be “electable”. This is where President McCain and President Romney became our leaders for the past 8 years.
Where else do we look for perfection? Public figures both triumphant and tragic have been deemed to be “perfect”. My heart is now aching for a young woman by the name of Naghmeh Abedini. Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned U.S. Pastor Saeed in Iran.
Naghmeh last month wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post, describing her struggle. “The continued imprisonment of Saeed has taken a very emotional and tragic toll on our family,” she wrote. “My kids have had to grow up without a father. Saeed has missed so many birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions.”
She has now said she is suspending her public advocacy for her husband, which she has kept up for more than three years, citing continued psychological and sexual abuse in her marriage among other reasons.
You see, during her marriage she has had to endure “physical, emotional, psychological, and sexual abuse (through Saeed’s addiction to pornography),” which, she disclosed, started in the early days of their marriage and increased during her husband’s imprisonment in 2012 as they spoke on phone and Skype.
The lure of Saeed’s addiction to pornography endured throughout the time that he has been imprisoned, through the abuse and through the beatings in the Iranian prison. Naghmeh said she has no doubt that her husband truly believes in Jesus despite his time in one of the most dangerous prisons in the world and where he has sustained prolonged internal injuries due to beatings.
When I read this sad account from this woman, my heart went out to her. As we hold up “people” as something greater than “average man” we expect that level of “perfection”. A level of sinless existence that we, ourselves, can not attain. We are not God.
King David (of the Bible) was a man of contrasts. He was thoroughly and sincerely committed to God, yet guilty of some of the most serious sins to mankind. David was Israel’s greatest and truly ideal king. He was a great warrior. But David also had his weaknesses. He took many wives, like other kings, and this was forbidden by God. He even arranged the murder of one of his soldiers so that he could marry the man’s wife who he had already seduced. David was a great sinner. And he was a great King.
So, you might ask, what does this mean? Angela, you went from those “big money” guys wanting to pick the President to the tragic, sinful preacher caught up in Iran and his long suffering wife, to the Biblical King David…….. What do they have in common?
They are all “people”, for one. Secondly, being people, their judgement can be clouded by sin. The “big money” grips and their sin of pride and vanity. They know more than all, because of their “big money”. Saeed, is enduring punishment beyond what we can imagine and his wife no longer wanted him revered as a “saint”. And she no longer wanted to play one. But Saeed is still capable of the love of Christ and through his Faith he will find a way out of the physical and mental shackles of his life.
And finally with King David, we find out that it is possible to be personally flawed (because we were created that way) and still capable of redemption and sound judgement. As I watch certain candidates pounded because of one missing word or a misplaced phrase, I realize that many are in league for the destruction of this country because they know better.
And when destruction is achieved……. what then? Where do we become refugees to?