Liberal Arts majors often get ridiculed. In addition to the title of this blog I have also heard others. "I have a degree in liberal arts--do you want fries with that?" When discussions turn toward college debt I hear something like this. "I attended a liberal arts college. I graduated with a Bachelor of Unemployment Degree." These jabs may be offered in a fun-loving manner, but they highlight a sentiment of society to a certain degree. Intellectual and philosophical endeavors are less honored than practical degrees one can attain to pursue money, power, and prestige.
The political discourse is disheartening to say the least. Well-educated people including politicians, media pundits, and the Hollywood elite have all demonstrated that common sense does not automatically come with an advanced degree. Furthermore, an advanced degree seems to hinder the faith journey of many. Without faith in God, our country is headed for some serious trouble. The political discourse of the last year is only a symptom of what we will experience in the years ahead.
Politicians have long manipulated and used certain segments of society to garner votes. This is nothing new. However, when a candidate for public office refers to many of us as "deplorable and irredeemable" I am saddened for our country. I have been redeemed by the Blood of Christ; I don't need a politician to fill that role.
Rude comments, immoral actions, and even criminal behavior have been commonplace among high-profile political leaders on both sides of the aisle. The astonishing aspect in all of this is that many people don't seem to care. Excuses will be made for the candidate of their choosing. The consequences of bad behavior are only applied to the common folk--at least that is the perception.
My dear people of faith, pray for holiness. Ask our Lord for an outpouring of the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love. Do not look to the government for truth. Seek Jesus Christ. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Hard times are ahead. Religious persecution is knocking on our door more loudly with each passing day. Read Ephesians chapter six and put on the armor of God as directed. We each need to be fully equipped for the spiritual battle that lies ahead.