WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Hally-looyah, I was wrong!

Seldom do I get to do a happy dance over being wrong, but the victory of Doug Jones over the nefarious Roy Moore last night gives me the opportunity.

Yes, it was pretty close, considering the charges against, and the record of, Moore, but at least 10,000 Alabamians were able to ignore the devil on their shoulder and listened to the angel instead. Maybe it was ‘Bama’s other senator, Richard Shelby, who did it when he basically said the other day (paraphrasing), “I’d write in PeeWee Herman before I’d vote for that S.O.B. Moore!” I guess we’ll never know for sure.

But what this whole calamity tells us more than anything is that many many many, if not most, GOP voters, not to mention politicians, have sold their souls in the name of realpolitik. And it’s especially disheartening with respect to evangelical Christians, who live by a pretty tried and true moral map. Or say they do.

Here’s what Christianity Today said about the problem, and it’s a good way to think about whether last night might be a watershed event or not:

When combative conservative Christians refuse to suffer patiently in the public square, retaliate when insults are hurled at them, and do not refrain from the appearance of evil, they sabotage not only their political cause but the cause they care about the most: the gospel of Jesus Christ.

15 comments on “Hally-looyah, I was wrong!

  1. John W. Howell
    December 13, 2017

    There you go, Kevin. I’m going to give you the credit.

  2. Woebegone but Hopeful
    December 13, 2017

    This was a close run thing but Doug Jones won the majority of the votes which is more than Trump did.
    Out of interest I followed the link onto CT to read the whole item and was fascinated at how conflicted the writer (and I assume the editor) had been over the various tides and pressures. It was in a way refreshing to read this instead of the ‘Fake News’ squawks which arise from the Whitehouse.
    If both sides can take a pause for breath, shut their ears to Trump and his crew, and talk to each other over a proverbial cup of coffee there will be hope for the USA to steer itself out of the morass.
    Take care you guys
    Best wishes from the UK (To Brexit or not to Brexit; that is, or might be, or not be might, the question, or not as the case may or may not be…..What. Me Worry?)

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 13, 2017

      It’s hard to imagine a national cup-of-coffee chat, I’m afraid. To “hear” the other side is one thing, but to understand them and then somehow incorporate their ideas into our own seems impossible. To me, guns n’ God don’t mix, but then again I’m a flippin’ atheist!

      • Woebegone but Hopeful
        December 13, 2017

        Must be the UK civil servant in me. ‘Folk is peculiar’….
        Whereas people like Trump & Bannon would be best deployed in dungeons entertaining rats, the people who are fooled into believing these oafs and self-serving egotists are intelligent and diligent servants of the country..
        Leaving out the KKK and the appalling idiots who idolise a dead Austrian it is these people who are going to be let down I feel sorry for. If they can be dissuaded so much the better.

  3. Carrie Rubin
    December 13, 2017

    My elation last night at hearing the news almost made up for my feelings of horror on election night. Well, maybe not quite, but at least it gave me some hope for humanity.

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 13, 2017

      A lil bit, anyway. Tho’ today they’ve finalized that dang tax bill! Doh!

      • Carrie Rubin
        December 13, 2017

        Yikes, they’re not wasting any time.

      • kingmidget
        December 13, 2017

        They still need to vote on it and their margin in the Senate is razor thin.

      • Kevin Brennan
        December 14, 2017

        I’m sure it’ll pass. It’s not much different than the bill they already did, so the foundation of a no vote isn’t there. *sigh*

      • kingmidget
        December 15, 2017

        Apparently Mike Lee and Rubio have learned from Susan Collins and Murkowski that the best way to get some friendly pork added to the bill is to say you’re a no vote. I’m still trying to figure out what drilling in the ANWR has to do with tax reform. I hate politicians.

  4. kingmidget
    December 13, 2017

    Any evangelical Christian who voted for Moore or voted for Trump is not actually a Christian who lives by their faith. I don’t expect them to vote for Democrats because most Democrats truly do have positions that are anathema to legitimately held views held by Christians, but to vote for either Trump or Moore … demonstrates that the moral and ethical principles they believe their faith stands for mean nothing in the political square. And if that’s the case, what’s the point in those principles.

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 14, 2017

      Exactly. As the editorial says, they’re actually diminishing their faith by embracing Trump & Moore.

  5. cinthiaritchie
    December 14, 2017

    I actually cried when I heard the results. It was as if we were being given a small gift or a spot of rain during a drought. Not enough to quench the thirst but oh, how it soothes the throat.

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