… AND A POLITICAL LESSON FOR “FRIENDS” OF BEN
Most of the stuff we learned in Sunday School gave us instruction as to how we interact with our fellow human beings. Doing for others is encouraged by Scripture, as long as our motives are pure.
However, doing “nice things” in the middle of a political campaign and trumpeting your “niceness” on your patently political (i.e. Sausage King’s offer of free sausages for a political fundraiser) Facebook page is clearly contrary to the teachings of Jesus.
Please Click the link for context. It’s the 2nd entry down.
THE BIBLE LESSON:
1 Make sure you don’t pray or fast or give to the poor, just so others will see you. If you just show off, you will not receive a reward from your Father in heaven.
2 When you give to the poor, don’t blast it around town like the hypocrites do. They show off in synagogues and on street corners so others might admire them. They’ve already received their reward! 3-4 Instead, give to the poor so quietly even your best friends won’t notice. Your Father who sees how quietly you give will reward you.
5 When you pray, do not show off like the hypocrites. They love to stand up and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so they will shine before others. They’ve already received their reward! 6 Instead, go off by yourself and pray to your Father quietly. Your Father who sees how quietly you pray will reward you.
Ben, your attempt to derive political benefit from a laudable Christian activity reflects your lack of experience in life itself. At the very least, you should understand your own basic Christian philosophy, in order to keep it separate from your campaign promotional activities.
Otherwise, should you be elected, you may confuse a political issue with a religious issue while making decisions that affect the everyday lives of the folks in the community
Zak personally prefers politicians who are Christians, but Zak intensely disapproves of Christian politicians who wear their Christianity on their sleeves…. or flaunt their “Christian” works on Facebook.
The unhealthy melding of religion with politics has been to the detriment of our body politic in the United States.
I resent what the Church did to my political party and what my political party did to my Church. Both have been diminished, in my eyes, by the mutual influence.
THE POLITICAL LESSON:
Zak has lived long enough to recall the days of the political spoilage system, called patronage. Back in the day, whenever a new administration won the White House, be it Democrat or Republican, many public employees, including the local postmaster lost their jobs. The new administration then brought in their political cronies to fill those jobs.
One of the most basic rules for being a civil servant, one that has apparently been lost, is to be completely removed from any political involvement whatsoever during a political campaign. In exchange, a civil servant could count on a job/career that was not affected by political outcomes.
Whenever any employee of a local municipality engages in any type of endorsement, or even the appearance thereof, of a particular candidate for public office, they violate that basic, healthy premise of political neutrality.
Foolishly, should an employee of any municipality endorse and promote a particular candidate who loses the election, they will have likely earned the negative feelings and sentiments of the candidate that ultimately won the seat both candidates were competing for.
Therefore, it would be wise for any members of the Wildomar city staff to withhold or withdraw their “friend” status from the Facebook page of any current candidate for the office of Wildomar City Council, as it appears to be an endorsement of said candidate.