I’m finished. Done. Unless Jeff asks me to write a post on a specific topic, this will be my last post for On the Fence Voters. I am grateful to Jeff, Greg, all the On the Fence Voters readers, and those who reposted some of my posts on other sites. I am grateful to have, virtually, met so many contemplative, compassionate, honest people through this blog site. Many thanks to all of you for your friendship and support.
Why Am I Quitting?
My departure has nothing to do with any of you. Every one of you has been gracious and welcoming. I hope my contemplations shared on this site over the last few months have, in some way, been profitable for you.
I’m quitting because I see no long-term profit in “preaching to the choir.” Yes, all of us who read the posts on this site—and many others like it—are fed up with our monster of a president and his brainless, bootlicking minions. (There was a time when I’d have resisted using such harsh and vulgar expressions, but I’ve passed the point of circumspection.)
I’m quitting because the audience I want to reach refuses to listen. I’ve tried many tactics in my attempts to reach them. Every attempt has proven to be futile. They refused to read my posts when I had my own blog site, and they absolutely will not “stoop” to read posts on a site hosted by a man who uses the moniker BrookingsLib.” So, while I’ve appreciated the venue for venting Jeff and Greg granted me here, I’ve concluded that venting is not the best use of my time. I don’t need to change your minds, and those whose minds do need changing are too stubborn and proud to repent.
Joined to Idols
In the Bible the Trump-supporting evangelicals claim to revere and follow is a book named for an Israeli prophet named Hosea. During Hosea’s era God was sorely disappointed with His wayward people. To make a powerful, illustrative point to them, He had his prophet Hosea marry a prostitute named Gomer. Even after Hosea married Gomer, she repeatedly had affairs with other men. God instructed Hosea to remain with Gomer despite her betrayals as a demonstration of His faithfulness to His people despite their betrayals of Him.
But eventually, God says, “Ephraim [another name for the people of Israel] is joined to idols; leave him alone!” Because of their incessant, unrepentant pursuit of idols, God ultimately told Hosea, essentially, “Enough! Quit trying; they will not listen.”
Modern-day evangelicals have idolized Donald Trump. They have turned him into the benchmark for righteousness. He is, to them, God’s Chosen One, and those who oppose him are demon possessed. And, like Ephraim of Hosea’s era, they refuse to repent of their idol worship. Evangelicals are joined to an idol; leave them alone.
I can’t change their minds, and you don’t need to change your mind, so I see no point in writing more missives here, no point in, as Israel’s King Solomon said, “chasing after the wind.”
If You Can’t Join Them, Beat Them
So, rather than spending any more time and effort in trying to reach unrepentant idol-worshiping Trumpists, I’m going to devote that time to helping to defeat Trump and his cowering toadies in Congress. I will do so through donating my time to an organization called Swing Left. Check them out; perhaps you’ll decide to volunteer for them too.