Civil Disobedience or Crazy?

Get ready for the understatement of a lifetime. “What an interesting last couple of weeks”.  It’s not often we go from a presidential election that throws out an incumbent resoundingly, but then backs it up with a state election that would determine the balance of power in the Senate. January 5, 2021, Georgia elected not one, but two Democrat senators in a special runoff election. Is it rubbing it in to point out that one of the new senators is black and the other a Jew? I hope not, I’d hate to offend haters.

Speaking of religion I’d just like to point out that both sides were praying to their Gods for victory. From my point of view, I’d say that “the one true God” answered my prayers. I drag religion into the conversation because it seems that a lot of the unrest in our country is being fomented from the pulpits of “Christian” churches all across the country. Parishioners are being called out to ignore the laws of the United States and basically do whatever the preachers interpret the Bible to say, and to enforce those views on the rest of us.

These false prophets casually ignore history. They fail to relate to their followers how the Founding Fathers granted “freedom of religion” to ensure that people of faith would not have to be oppressed by a government sponsored church like the Church of England. The populace is free to practice any religion or no religion as is their choice. These modern day “holy men” are calling on the faithful to live just their conscience and not their citizenship.

Finally, a religion I can get behind. /s

Let’s start with taxes, I don’t want to pay them. I don’t see the need for licensing or registering births, marriages or deaths. All of that information could be used by an oppressive government to seek out followers for prosecution. While we’re at it, let’s do away with everything in Washington, D.C. Why should federal standards be applied to anything? If I don’t want my children to think they’re smarter than me, we can just stop educating them. If I don’t want to vaccinate my kids from polio, why should I? There’s a good chance they won’t get it.

If I’m ok with a coal burning power plant providing good jobs for the people in my area, why should North Carolina care if the smoke blows their way? What’s more, why I should I have to give up any of the Chattahoochee’s water to Alabama and Florida? Let them get their own water. If I want a peace treaty with Iran then Governor Brian Kemp can make it for me. There’s no reason to consider what the other forty nine states think, I believe in government close to home.

Just like those idiot insurrectionists ransacking the Speaker’s office, if I don’t believe in a law, I’m not going to do it. Oh, and I don’t want to go to jail for my civil disobedience. I just want to wrap myself up in my religious cloak of invisibility and move through society unnoticed. Like the churches do at tax time.

All kidding aside, I think there’s the possibility that the religious right has a problem comprehending a document with more than ten rules to live by. As we all know, most people have a problem running afoul of the Bible’s Basic Ten. I think the Donald just sees the Ten Commandments as a things to do list.

The U.S. Constitution currently has twenty seven amendments, or rules, all voted and ratified by each state. Has anyone ever taken their religion to all fifty states and asked for a straight up and down vote to see what the majority of the residents feel? I don’t think so.

To simplify things, I’d like to direct the congregation to the words of our main guy, Jesus. Jesus laid down the relationship between citizens and their government in Matthew 22:15-22. The phrase “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s” pretty much covers the subject for me.

Apparently, 2000 years ago Jesus recognized there would be conflicts between what the converted wanted to do and what their responsibility as citizens required. For you true believers out there, if your conscience won’t allow you to keep the law, do what Jesus said you should do, go to jail.

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