I've been trying to think on what bothers me the most about politics. The "group-think" and "unruly mob" elements are certainly part of it. We section ourselves off into camps and dig deep into our "tribe" for a few months. I think it causes people to stop thinking at times. Also, the flag-waving and cross-waving to score political points is distasteful.
But, if I had to pick one thing about political season that is the biggest turn-off. It's the determinism of the candidates. The notion that they will get everything done; that they COULD solve all the problems they claim they will, is ridiculous. Humility and nuance typically go out the door. Candidates who exhibit such character qualities lose in the primaries. That, really, is the thing that hurts us the most. If we desire big cartoon characters making huge promises, well, then we'll get what we deserve. I love my country, but these seasons bring out the worst in us, at times. Let's remember who's on the throne.
I love the text of Psalm 2 during these times. The Lord looks at our re-shuffling of the deck chairs, and our sound and fury. . . . . and He laughs.
Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.