I’m going to tell you all a secret: It doesn’t actually matter if you agree with what Senator John McCain has to say.
This is the mistake we make, as arrogant, self-serving Americans who still cling to the idea that there’s something about us that makes this country special. We look at our political parties, root our identities in them, whisper the lies to ourselves that say “If you side with ______, you’re better than ____.” It’s on BOTH sides of the aisle, and it’s heresy not just from a spiritual standpoint, but from the standpoint of what this country is ACTUALLY built upon. But I won’t lecture you on that, because my college education on the matter has proven useless in the face of Fox News, MSNBC, and every other news outlet that fills in the blanks with what you might want to believe.
But our downfall as a country can be seen so painfully clearly in our treatment of a man like Senator John McCain. He may be far from perfect – and not all of us may agree with everything he has to say – but that doesn’t matter. This man has become a symbol for what our country always does. Our new National identity:
We are the bully.
We always want someone to blame. Someone to punish. Someone to beat up.
We are cowards. Using the only brave among us as a ploy for what we want, when we want it, and then casting them aside and calling them “irrelevant” when they no longer serve our purposes.
We are incredibly slow to condemn sexual assault…lies…rape…racism…white nationalism.
And incredibly QUICK to condemn someone who does not agree with us.
“He’s confused,” I heard a conservative say of Sen. McCain, as if the man’s life of service – literally taking a beating for years in the custody of an enemy – says nothing because he doesn’t agree with them, the clear expert here.
If you found yourself crying foul over “Take a Knee” and you’re not enraged by our treatment of Senator McCain today, then you my friend, are a hypocrite.
I hope God will have mercy on this country for so many reasons, but if we don’t change our ways, it’ll be wasted mercy for sure.