ERICKSON: Reality check

July 12, 2013 

The worst thing about America is the politicization of everything. Why must I pick a side in the George Zimmerman trial? A 17-year-old boy is dead and a man who may or may not be guilty of murder is on trial but, even if not guilty, will never again be safe because so much outrage and so much publicity has been poured into the trial.

Why must I decide on the guilt or innocence of George Zimmerman based on the outrage of people whose politics differ from mine? Why must a death and trial comport to a political world view? A lot of people on the left and the right hate each other for a lot of stuff that in eternity really won’t matter. Those of you whose lives are most connected to your online personality and bravado, your blog or your Twitter account, or your anonymous comments on, regardless of which side of the aisle you are on, are some of the least well-adjusted and most malcontented people in the world. Consequently, you are at war at all times and dialed up to 12 on a 10-point scale of outrage about everything from a manipulated Photoshop picture to a male politician who really does want to save the life of a child who could survive outside the womb.

I can’t live my life constantly fixated on the political outrage of the day -- and I can’t be outraged about everything under the sun. I go out with friends and talk about stuff other than politics. I play with my kids. I love my wife. I cook gumbo and make fantastic ice cream. I watch a bit of TV, don’t read as much as I should. I go to church and I try to focus on the good in a world filled with sin and evil that some people don’t even want to call evil because they might have to concede a political point. I think the world is going to hell.

But I believe in God the Father and in his son Jesus Christ and the second coming and a judgment and a final victory over death and sin and evil and a life everlasting where I will walk one day beside my very real Creator. The rest? It’s rather small potatoes in the eternal scheme of things.

God is permanent and politics and political coalitions are not. I get why so many on the secular left, who don’t believe in a Heaven or a Hell, get so upset about certain things and want to politicize everything. To them this life is all there is and every advantage, in politics and culture, is fair game to get to the grave in first place. But I just cannot understand why so many self-described Christian conservatives are so constantly angry that they get mad at the suggestion there is more to life than politics.

Truth is, there is more to life than politics. We need not all be outraged by the same things. While you’re firing up your Twitter account or blog to tell the world what a terrible person I am for disagreeing or not caring -- in the actual real world that exists off the Internet -- I’m going to go build a train with my 4-year-old and fly it through the rings of Saturn before sitting down under the oak tree in my backyard to have a scoop of homemade ice cream with my 7-year-old and play a game of catch.

Erick Erickson is a Fox News contributor and radio talk show host in Atlanta.

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