“God wants law
God wants organized crime
God wants crusade
God wants jihad
God wants good
God wants bad
What God wants God gets” — Roger Waters
Roger Waters has gotten in some hot water recently for Anti-Semitic comments and beliefs, so he is hardly a paragon of virtue. However, his three part song on the “Amused to Death” album hits the nail on the head. It isn’t really that God wants all of these things literally. It is that people from all sides can somehow claim that they are doing God’s will.
These comments were made before Ellis got the virus. I don’t want to joke about something like that. She was obviously sitting next to Rudy Giuliani for hours at a time, and she attended a White House Christmas party without a mask. Obviously, we could bury that story behind all of the others who have similarly contracted the virus.
The question before us is whether someone can do something of questionable morality and claim that is was on behalf of God. Let’s set aside the notion for the moment that God would want Donald Trump to be president. The notion seems so patently ridiculous on either side of the equation. Does God honestly care who is president? I can’t hardly say and I don’t know that anyone else could either.
However, there is a difference between praying for your team to win and actively bending or breaking the rules so that your team can win and then saying you’re doing it for God. Give the Patriots credit. Give the Astros credit. They may have cheated to win the Super Bowl and World Series, but they never said they were doing it for God.
We find ourselves on a slippery slope when we find ourselves doing something wrong for the right reasons. What are the right reasons? We can start by examining how we know she is doing the wrong thing. The answer is simple and right before our eyes. Approximately seven million more people voted for Joe Biden than voted for Donald Trump. No one I know of is contesting that result.
The contested result is whether approximately 50,000 votes went the way they did over the course of four states. Let’s ignore the hilarity of how that many votes could wipe out what seven million people want. They’ve asked states to verify and recount and they’ve done that numerous times. 49 of 50 states have certified their results. It’s over.
Yet, you have Ellis and her cronies continually coming up with ways to contest this thing. They have no proof and have never offered evidence. They just think this is wrong. Hell, you have the state of Texas suing other states because they had the audacity to change their voting rules.
Joe Biden won. We all know he won. They know he won. So, in essence she is asking us to believe that God wants to us to subvert the will of the people to give the election to Donald Trump. I suppose Jesus came to her in a dream and told her what legal briefs to file. The whole notion is so ridiculous that it’s a waste of time to comment specifically on her claims.
What does concern me is the generic use of God to defend the indefensible. I may not be a top-notch Biblical scholar and I haven’t stayed at a Holiday Inn Express lately, but I can tell you my study does tell me that God doesn’t want us to hurt people. He doesn’t want us to steal from people. He doesn’t want us to lie to people. I seem to recall a list of ten rules he gave us that says something about that.
Of course, it also isn’t difficult to see the Trump presidency and the man himself and wonder where God enters into that picture. Yet, that would be the slippery slope thinking we can get trapped into. If we see him as evil then we suddenly might be tempted to break rules to do what we can to oppose him. We then jump the shark when we say that we are doing it for God. So again I repeat the question: can you break God’s rules in order to do something for God?