I’m scared of what the world is coming to. The Presidential election here in the USA is just eight months away, and all of the leading candidates scare me. In one party, a crooked and dishonest career lawyer and politician is sparring with another career politician who, although he seems to be a decent man, has extremely radical views that go against much of what I believe this country stands for. On the other side, a demagogue with a long history of baggage is telling angry people what they want to hear, even though it goes against his previous actions and positions, and his conduct is completely unbecoming of someone fit to lead a nation. A few of the other candidates running I find somewhat tolerable, but splitting the vote among these minor candidates just seems to be helping said demagogue pull away in the race. I fear for the future of this country if this many people really support candidates like this.
I’m scared of what passes for entertainment these days. I’m scared at how desensitized some of us have become to depictions of adult situations and violence. I’m scared at how shows that were considered horribly trashy just a quarter-century ago are so tame by today’s standards. I’m scared that kids grow up thinking that the way violence and sex are portrayed on TV is normal. I’m scared that my values seem laughably quaint to the rest of the world.
I’m scared of the way we treat each other. I’m scared of how so few people are honest and straightforward anymore. I’m scared of the way that so many of my friends seem to keep me out of the loop on purpose. (To my friend who saw fit to keep me in the loop, recently, thank you. You know who you are, and you know what this is about. I appreciate it.) And I’m scared that some people would throw away years of friendship and stab their loved ones in the back for totally selfish reasons.
Perhaps the scariest thing is that none of this should surprise me. It’s all in the Bible. Jesus said over and over again that difficult times were coming. We will be persecuted for our beliefs. There will be wars, and brother will rise up against brother (Matthew 24). Paul writes that a man of lawlessness will come and make people believe the lies of Satan (2 Thessalonians 2). (Note: I’m not saying I honestly think that Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, or Hillary Clinton is the Antichrist. But the concept of deceitful demagoguery is in the Bible.)
I don’t know who or what I can trust anymore. All I have left to hold on to is Jesus. Maybe that’s where I need to be right now, so I can tear down everything holding me back and build something new.