Let’s Go, Brandon

I’m late to the game, I know. But a chant has grown in popularity at a number of sporting events, and it eventually became an occasion to mock. A rap song came about because of it—a song that apparently became #1 on Twitter. (Sorry, but I didn’t even know that there was a Twitter list of most popular songs. Until I heard about this one.)

cSome in the crowd of various baseball games chanted it, and so did a large segment of a crowd at a NASCAR race. The chant? F@#* Joe Biden. The chant can be heard as a news reporter interviewed the winning driver by the name of Brandon someone. Sorry, I didn’t catch his name. As the chant got louder and made it harder for the reporter to ask her questions and to hear Brandon’s answers, she editorialized and noted that the crowd was loudly saying “Let’s go, Brandon.” Which would actually make no sense since the young man had already won the race.

Many outlets realized that this reporter was not accurately reporting what the crowd was saying. Most took the tack that she was intentionally steering her listeners away from the truth—in essence lying about what was clearly a news-worthy story.

I have no way of knowing what was in her mind. But while many conservatives laugh and are clearly delighted by the negative sentiment aimed at the US President by this growing number of people in a crowd, I’m pretty horrified.

Don’t get me wrong. I think that President Biden and his policies are tearing apart the fabric of American society. I think he needs to be stopped, which is why I think the 2022 elections can’t come soon enough so that the Conservatives can gain control of Congress and stop the crazy from this government.

Think about it:

  • the on-going border crisis, with no end in sight
  • rising gas prices
  • the humiliating end to the war in Afghanistan, resulting in Americans and allies left behind 
  • inflation
  • outrageous efforts to pass “infrastructure” bills and voting “rights” bills
  • departing from energy independence and returning to buying (dirtier) coal and gas from other countries, including Russia
  • enemy nations developing weapons while our military is stripped and demoralized by teaching Critical Race Theory and forced vaccines
  • the supply-line crisis, in which a 100 ships at this writing are stacked up in harbors off the coast of California.

I could add the work force shortage, too, as business after business displays “Now hiring” signs. There is a shortage of truckers, warehouse workers, restaurant servers, grocery story personnel. You name it.  That list also does not include the government overreach which is trying to force every American, even the young and those with natural Covid immunity, to be vaccinated. 

Clearly, there are reasons Americans are unhappy with President Biden. I understand, and I share the feeling that this administration is likely the worst this country has ever seen. And yet . . .

I can’t help thinking that we are losing a great deal by showing such disrespect to the highest authority in our country. I understand that we have lost even the veneer of civility in our land, and certainly President Trump during his campaigns and his four years in office, did nothing to change that.

Nevertheless, I don’t think any of the faults of society at large or the sins of this President, the bad policies, the refusal to live by his oath of office and uphold the Constitution while refusing to do what an executive is supposed to do: see to it that the laws Congress passes are enacted—none of this gives Christians a right to blow past the stop sign of Scripture.

The Bible tells us to obey those in authority over us, and to “honor the king.” The Apostle Paul wrote those words when the “king” was the Roman Caesar who was persecuting Christians and who was living an immoral lifestyle.

If Christians in the first century were supposed to “honor” such a leader, aren’t we today in this 21st century democracy to also honor our President? That doesn’t mean we agree with him or stay silent about the wrongs he is responsible for. But any criticism we offer, I believe, should be respectful. If not to the man, certainly to the office. That’s what God’s word says. And that’s the highest authority any believer should have.

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  1. I see you’re robbing Peter to pay Paul, here. [1 Peter 2:17] They’d both appreciate your gentle remonstrations to not mock elected officials. May you always call out mockers wherever you find them: in the stands, in the pews, or in the White House. May we never elect more of them.

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    • Good catch, Bram. While Paul did also teach, as Jesus did, to submit to earthly authorities, the phrase I quoted was indeed from I Peter. And yes, may we Christians be guided in our voting practices by Scripture above all else.

      Becky

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  2. Rebecca, I’m reminded of the advice my mother used to give my sister and me: “Don’t lower yourselves to their level.” While everyone else is being rude, angry, and nasty, Christians can stand out now more than ever, if their attitude is in stark contrast to that of the world.

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  3. This is a very humbling truth. Thank you for the reminder!

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  4. Great post. One I’ll be happy to share. 🙂

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