Monday, October 31, 2016

Values Voters, Beware!

It can be easy for a red voter in a red state to look at AIDS as G-d's righteous wrath against the "ungodly" (translation: gays).  It's much harder to look at what's going on in your own state, and ask yourself the question "What is G-d trying to tell me?"

And down in Alabama, as red a state as you'll find, G-d is delivering a very powerful message in the form of record drought.  This drought is not entirely due to climate change; it is in no small part a reflection of terrible water management policies that, in turn, reflect their distaste for good government, and their preference for building monuments to the Ten Commandments.

G-d isn't interested in any spiritual monuments except for the ones we build in our hearts.  And we build those monuments not by listening and repeating G-d's words, but obeying them.  We are commanded to be good stewards of the earth, and to care for the needs of others.  And governments are instituted by G-d to ensure that His commandments are reflected in the day-to-day affairs of the general public.

None of these principles are respected by the type of water management, or lack thereof, practiced in Alabama.  There could be no more basic responsibility of government than ensuring the provision of fresh, clean water.  Water is 90% of our bodies; without it, we die.

So, values voters in Alabama, what is G-d telling you?  About your government?  About yourselves? About your willingness to judge others?  About your ability to honor G-d not only with your lips, but with your lives?

Think about it.  But don't take too long.  You may start dying off sooner than you think.  And hating gays won't save you.

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