Anyway, what does this saying really prove? Of course God wasn’t a Republican or a Democrat. For that matter, neither was George Washington. (Or John Adams, come to think of it.) You know why? Because the Republican and Democratic parties didn’t exist back in those days, and they don’t exist today, at least in God’s plane.
|This bumper sticker, which has a sense of humor, |
is in my opinion much more effective
* That's not to say, however, that He does not care about such organizations. I think He cares quite deeply about them, and those who belong to them. How much He cares is something we're likely to find out at the Last Judgment.
You know what else? I don’t think any serious Republican (or conservative, if you will) would make that argument – that Jesus was (or is) a Republican. I know, there are at least a couple of you out there who will immediately come up with a statement from someone (say, Pat Robertson) purporting to say just that – but remember, I said serious. On the contrary, I think many of them struggle with Lincoln’s famous concert: not whether God is on our side, but whether we are on His. For God, as Lincoln reminded us, “is always right.”
There’s another one out there – perhaps you’ve seen this, too. It reads “War Is Not the Answer.”
* However, if you were to ask what horse won the 1937 Triple Crown, you’d only be half right.
This probably sounds flippant, because it is. But I’m also giving these sayings all the gravitas they deserve. In trying to be cute, they’ve become too clever by half. There arguments are beyond banal, approaching specious. And while it may be difficult to reduce a complex question such as war to a five- or six-word catchphrase, perhaps what that tells us is that we shouldn’t be so glib about something that’s so serious. Maybe it even suggests that substituting clever badinage for actual thought is what’s gotten us into these messes in the first place. That’s what grownups used to do, anyway. I’ve rarely seen anything truly constructive come from snark, which is what sayings like these really amount to.
Make no mistake: I’m not against bumper stickers, and there are some truly inspired ones out there, both serious and humorous. But please, try to make it stand up to at least three seconds of examination. Logic teachers around the world will thank you.