Snap! How surprising that like the current Good News, the September-October Tomorrow's World features a lead article on why we should all be studiously avoiding political participation. The highly original title: How Would Jesus Vote for President? Obviously the DNA runs true in both LCG and UCG.
Rod Meredith advocates a "Chicken Little" Gospel. The one true purpose of a Christian is to run around like a headless chook - the sky is falling!
What would Jesus do in this election year in the United States? He would be so busy proclaiming the good news of the soon-coming Kingdom of God that He would have no time - and no interest - in politicking, voting or taking part in any groups pressuring to clean up Satan's world. (p.8)
No worries dudes. Sit back, take it easy. Children dying in Africa? Sad, but don't sweat it: three to five years and it'll be taken care of. Just keep praying and paying.
Probably within this very generation, the biblical Jesus Christ will return to sit on a real throne in the city of Jerusalem. (p.6)
Rod has been pushing this wagon uphill since before most of us were born. A polluted environment? It's just a sign of the times, do nothing. Community concerns? Don't get involved. Injustice? Not our business. The same mentality pervades almost all COG groups... even the more enlightened factions tend to look down their snooters at those prepared to roll up their sleeves and work for change in the here and now - especially systemic change as opposed to band aids. Why bother? Jesus Christ will take care of it shortly... in three to five... probably.
Maybe there's a challenge for Rod and his god, the missing-in-inaction god of 1972, 19 year time cycles and "three to five" - in 1 Kings 18:
Maybe he's meditating, or he's off relieving himself, or he's gone on a journey. Maybe he's just asleep and needs someone to go and wake him up. (cf. v.27)
Yup, Elijah was the original scoffer, setting a valuable biblical precedent. And I suspect Elijah was a bit more colloquial than most prim Bible translators and paraphrasers allow.
Rod needs to consider trading in his Chicken Little model for a Little Red Hen. He can probably pick up some clues from the Salvation Army, the Quakers, or even (shudder) the nice Catholic folks at Caritas. Handwringing procrastination in hope of a fantasy utopia "probably" dropping down out of the skies "within this very generation" just doesn't cut it any longer: we've all heard that before - some of us over l-o-n-g decades. Rod's track record is abysmal. It's just plain delusional.
A do nuthin' gospel? A sit-tight, hold-fast till some latter-day prophet of Baal finally hits a home run gospel? That's no gospel at all: time to dump it in favor of something more authentic. A good place to begin is by participating in the democratic process, a right, responsibility and privilege that has been hard won and should never be wasted.