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The Definition of Insanity

The definition of insanity

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Well, if that’s true, where are the strait jackets? I know some folks who are going to need one. If Christians and traditionalists continue to be wooed by national Republicans thinking that this time they’ll do the right thing, we’re going to need some new mental facilities. 

On the other hand, there are those SJW’s that act as if they’ve taken the high road by voting for Democrats, you know, the party of death. They’ve bought into the idea that abortion is secondary to social justice. It’s an old bit but it works…except not for the murdered children whose deaths are inflicted by their consent.

So, what are we to do? How can Christians vote and remain true to their principles? Should they vote R? or D? or 3rdparty?

Forget D.C.

Let me make a suggestion and use some New York slang…forget about it! If you believe that the great big government in Washington D.C. will ever do anything that even resembles Christian, then you’ve fallen into the insanity trap. You can vote D or R all you want and you’ll continue seeing the same results.

You see, you really don’t matter when it comes to the federal government. They know that they can count on you, the most reliable of voters. You’ll do your duty as a citizen. So, given that there are really no choices for you to make, why would they change from doing the same ole thing? It’s time to stop giving them your consent or plead insanity, one or the other.

Bloom where you’re planted

On the other hand, there is a way for you to make a difference at the ballot box. Your vote and your voice counts locally. In fact, that’s the only place it seems to make a difference. 

Very few people vote in local elections. It only takes a few to change a result. So, your church or civic organization needs to encourage folks to vote…locally. 

According to an article by the Kinder Institute:“a new report from Portland State University is raising concern about turnout in those contests. It found that in the country’s largest cities, fewer than 15 percent of eligible voters actually show up to cast their ballots for mayors and city council members.”

Rural people still matter

Local politicians don’t live in D.C. You can call them. They’re your neighbors. They pass you in the grocery store. 

Local decisions matter. If you live in a State like Virginia, just think of how important your Legislator is right now. There are real decisions being made concerning abortion that have nothing to do with D.C. Virginian’s lives are at stake and you could make a difference.

Rural votes count. In the same report by the Kinder Institute, they admitted “that report found that voter turnout increased the smaller the city, but it was also the small cities where mayoral candidates were more likely to go unchallenged. Still Indiana’s rate of uncontested races was far better than its neighbor’s to the south, Kentucky. There 57.6 percent of mayoral races go unopposed.”

Grass roots

I could go on, but the fact is, you need to refocus. Progressives have, so you must.

If there is one thing progressives know, it’s grass roots politics. It’s been said that all politics is local. That had to be a progressive that said it. 

It’s true. 

Since the progressives lost in D.C. in 2016, do you think that they just threw up their hands and gave up? Of course not. They regrouped and began local campaigns. That’s why so many Congressional seats were lost by Republicans last year. It was a result of other local elections that brought progressives to the poles.

Initiatives

In a moment of candor, Progressive Majority leader Gloria Totten admitted to the Guardianin 2008, “There’s more at stake than zoning ordinances and garbage collection: State governments control $1.8tn in public money and half of the country’s congressmen rose to Washington from state legislatures.”

Progressives are also successful at putting progressive issues on the ballot to turn out progressive voters. Decriminalization of marijuana, abortion, and education are a few. But they can’t stop you from voting.

In 2018 the Huff Post reported-“Three states are considering Medicaid expansion. Four are considering marijuana legalization. Voting rights expansions, anti-gerrymandering measures and restrictions on campaign spending are on the ballot in 12 states.”

Move over progressives

They can’t stop your legislator from placing traditional or conservative initiatives on the ballot either. Extensive abortion prohibition is being passed in several States. Gun liberty is being expanded in several States and localities. There are many other issues that are decided on a local level that you can do something about. 

The Washington Post saidlast year “antiabortion advocates passed some 30 laws in 14 states to make it harder for people to get abortion.”

Did you participate?

This week D.C. Republicans voted to continue giving Planned Parenthood your money to kill babies. Democrats did as well. President Trump signed it. We may or may not get a wall, but at what cost?

It’s time to stop repeating the same ole thing and expecting a different result. Vote local. Call your State Representative. Stop believing that D.C. has the answers to your problems. They arethe problem.

Donnie
I was born in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, born again at a very young age, married a beautiful and likeminded woman, moved to Tennessee, and raised two children in the Southern traditions of loving God and neighbor, exercising manners, and being stewards of the land and its bounty. After becoming involved in youth ministry in our local church, the need of teaching people "what they believe and why they believe it" became painfully apparent, especially in my immediate context (rural Southern churches). We began an apologetics/theology ministry there but have since moved on. After serving in church leadership and being called to faithfulness and duty to protect our congregation from a rogue pastor under church discipline of his previous church, my experiences in this biblical process shape much of what I believe about how churches in the South have become weak and why nominal Christianity is prevalent. I love the Church and Southern culture so you can expect to read about apologetics and theology as well as church and culture here, written southern style, by the grace of God. Deo Vindice
http://www.southernbyhisgrace.com

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