STOP THE MADNESS
by Lucian Thompson
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“Hey Mister, take this!”
“Uaa…sir, my candidate wants your vote today, take this!”
“Yo, Mister, have you made up your mind about issue 365 on the ballot today? Here is some information for you to consider, please take it.”
“Well…howdy sir, I’m Wannabe Candidate, and I’m running for Dog Catcher. Sure would appreciate you punching number 123 on your ballot today! Here, take this sample ballot! Yes sir, I plan to have all dogs spayed or neutered and see that all the owners are issued a permit to walk their pets in public.”
“Why, let me get that door for you sir, and here, please take this literature on saving the gray moss marsupials; and do you have any questions I could answer for you?”
“Yes, I’m so glad you asked. Could you tell me where the trash can is?”
Somebody…STOP THE MADNESS!
I hate to see elections roll around! I know we need to vote and I encourage you all to do so, but why do we have to be bombarded by all those, “see you at the polls” politicians and their deputy dog groupies. Funny, you never see them again until next election!
Just think of all the trees you could save if they didn’t print all that literature they throw at you. Folks, if you don’t know who and what you are going to vote for before you get to the polls, you need a little talking to.
Mr. or Mrs. Shuck and Jive never persuaded me to change my vote at the door of the poll; how about you? I group these last minute vote grabbers in the same category as the car dealers that advertise on television. You know the ones…you are relaxing, watching… uhmm, the Inspiration channel, when all of a sudden their commercial blasts a thousand decibel spiel by cheerful Johnny Chipmunk that causes you to jump out of your chair, spilling your diet coke in your lap, getting the potato chips all soggy! Would you run right down and patronize them? Noooo….
Once you get in the door and deposit that ten pounds of printed paper in your hands in the trash can, you are ushered into a line with the alphabet letter of your last name taped to a long table. You give the lethargic worker behind your table your name and endure several attempts to spell your last name for them between the, “what was that, T, did you say T or P?”
By then your caffeine fix has worn thin and you began to experience that withdrawal tremor that lets you know that you haven’t had your third cup of coffee yet. At that point you are told your name isn’t on the list!
“What…what do you mean my name is not on the list? There has got to be a mistake! I have lived here for several months now, and I was told to vote in this precinct!”
“Well, sir, you must have forgot to register in this precinct. You will have to go back to your old precinct to vote.”
“But…but, I don’t have time for that, can’t I vote here for now?”
Then you get the inevitable, “ sorry sir, NEXT!”
I don’t know about you, but I hate election days! Perhaps it wouldn’t be so bad if I had done what was expected of me and pre-registered when I moved. I just got busy and, well you know the rest.
Isn’t it like that in our Christian lives? We are bombarded with so many distractions and charlatans barking, “take this, this is the way!” “Vote for me, I will set you free!” “ He wants you to be a slave to Him, I will let you do anything you want if you go along with me. Can I have you vote, kind sir?”
Folks, if we don’t know who we represent and what He stands for before we get to the door of eternity, how are we going to keep from being deceived by the last minute workers of Satan who would try to persuade us?
Get the facts; read the Bible! Know who to vote for! You need to pre-register before you get to the Book of Life only to find out that your name is not in there and you are told to go back to your old address, the world, because you are not known there. No matter what you do, at that point, it will be too late to make your vote count!
Now, if you don’t know whom to vote for by now, you need that little talk I alluded to previously. You need to call 1-800-JESUS, before it’s too late. Those of us who have pre-registered will be praying for you.
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There are certainly more than enough distractions out there. I agree... STOP THE MADNESS! We really do have to keep our eyes and hearts set on the Lord to keep from being overwhelmed by the things around us... living by faith and not by sight. I thoroughly enjoyed the read, Lucian. GREAT job!
I love it , I really love it. So good to see you again. God Bless my friend. from Kathy Cartee
I'll vote yes to this one also! Now about my candidacy. Could you? Sorry I got carried away. Good job!
You nailed it, Lucian. I love it! Amazing how full to overflowing those trash cans get, but it just keeps pouring in. May we choose to grasps The Book more firmly in our grasp, turning neither to the right nor the left ... simply keeping to that path!