Mike Huckabee: Miracle On Hold
One of the worst phrases in recorded history is "religious police." That's where a group of mere mortals enforces their interpretation of God's Law on the rest of us. The immediate problem is that nobody alive really knows if God exists - that's why they call it faith. But let's say there is a God and that he is a male. Why? Most religions have him as a male. He impregnated Mary in the Christian faith and that sounds like a male to me. He also gave us the 10 Commandments on stone tablets - although I base that solely on watching a movie about it. I'm not sure. Hey, if he could hand down tablets from space why couldn't he hand down the Bible? Why did it take a committee of men to write that? Oh, never mind.
The scary part for me is when mortals rise to positions in society where they enforce God's Law. Why? Because there is a lot of disagreement on what that would be. Let people believe what they want. Let them practice their faith, but don't give them enforcement power. If we start giving them police powers, then we have....well, we have Saudi Arabia.
America is based on one of the most beautiful phrases ever: The Consent of the Governed. The main problem with President Bush is that he doesn't believe in it. Maybe Jesus told him to ignore that part. He wants to be the Decider, and we should be grateful that he's there deciding what's best for us.
Well, I'm not too thrilled about it. I don't think he should decide the White House lunch menu - much less what we should believe. He backed up his choices by assuring us that God talks to him. Apparently, God wanted us to go into Iraq, and God wanted him to spy on us. Well, I don't believe that either. In fact, my God thinks George is an idiot. President Bush is playing the role of the religious police and we've got to get back to the Consent of the Governed.
That's why I'm thrilled about Mike Huckabee this morning. He had that religious-police vibe to him, too. He even declared that his candidacy was a miracle. He said the only laws we really needed were the 10 Commandments. Mike wanted to tell us what God wanted, and he stayed in because he believed that God was working a miracle through him. Whatever. Apparently, God thought the miracle of Mike Huckabee was over.
Now, maybe he will get the VP nod, and wind up President and begin enforcing God's law on us all. Then he can point to all this and say, "See! I was a miracle!" But the stories this morning say that his people are trying to land him a cable network talk show. Heaven forbid.
Until Mike or George Bush or any of the other religious police sprout wings or walk across the Potomac, I think we should avoid the Saudi Arabia model, and stick with what got us here: Consent of the Governed.
I believe miraculous things do happen. But I think they rise to a higher level than propping up some candidate during a failed political campaign. Get over yourself.