*This article was originally posted on Christarchy.com. The “Ostrich-thing” makes more sense if you visit me there.*
Advocacy groups are dumb. There. I said it. You don’t have to agree with me, especially if you are part of an advocacy group. But someone had to say it and seeing as I’m the only one around here to take notice I had to speak up.
It occured to me recently at work that our mission statement, our objectives, everything that we say we are and what we do is a bunch of crap. We say we want to do something like “Provide the best resources in our field” or some junk like that. Look, all we want to do is make a profit and last until tommorrow. Isn’t that what everyone, organization or entity, is looking to do? If Ford Motor Cars’ objective is “To build the best dern motor cars in the world” and they come out with a line of clunkers do you think Ford will close their doors because they failed in their objectives? This is why when a friend of ours commits suicide, or a good restaraunt goes out of business or Seinfeld cancels his show we find it so perplexing. And entity that self ends goes against the natural order of things.
But wait! I’ve lost my train of thought on advocacy groups.
Look, advocacy groups operate in the same manner. Sure, they might have started out with the best of intentions (what is the road to hell paved with???) but gradually they lost their way. Take groups like the NAACP for example. They start out wanting something good………great even. Like not being lynched. I get that. You don’t want to be lynched and that’s a great cause to support. Then they want to be able to vote and sit on jurys. These too are great goals. Heck, the jury one even benefits me because serving jury duty sucks and if blacks can serve then I serve less often. Then they want to be able to share waterfountains and go to the same school. Not a goal as great as being able to vote but it’s still good. But eventually, when racism is harder to find, we get the delaware university crud of trying to make all white students admit they are racist, or the US Naval academy scandle where even though white women were sexually harrassed the NAACP turned into a racial matter, or the Duke University fiasco of last year, or the racist “deer head” scandle in a Baltimore City Firehouse (Google this stuff yourself. I’m an ostrich and it’s hard enough to type this. Besides, I’m lazy).
When an advocacy group runs out of things to advocate they will find things or make them up.
Women’s rights organizations have had a similar past. PETA is run by perpetual lunatics. Dobson rails against gays. The Christian church has found a new love with the republican party (Or maybe it’s an old love. I dunno. I can’t keep track of this stuff). The Homeschool legal defense fund gives money to anti-homosexual organizations.
Look, it’s not that I’m for or against something like the homosexual lifestyle (or whatever. I can’t even keep the PC terms these advocacy groups keep creating straight. And by “straight” I don’t mean anti-gay because I’m not anti-gay or anti-homosexual or anti-queer……….did I break the PC code in an attempt to keep it? Crap. This parentheses thing keeps getting longer.) Why should I devote time to equal rights for gays or for the protection of the family? Do either of these things bring people closer to the kingdom? (Can an ostrich get into the kingdom?)
Advocacy groups, particularly of the political variety, either want you as an ally or as an enemy. And this really isn’t the message of Christ is it? Why are Christians a part of these divisive things?
I was a big supporter of Ron Paul. But I didn’t give money to his campaign nor did I make a single meetup event. If I can’t give time to Jesus why should I give my time to Mr. Paul?
As Christians, if we fill our time supporting advocacy groups and not Jesus then we truely have missed the bus/boat/gokart. There’s The World Bank, and Westboro Baptist Church, and Circus’ to protest. Signs to make. Animals to save. Chants to write and drums to beat………………….but if it ain’t for Jesus then what good is it?