MT Governor 2016: Greg, Noah, & Retirement

The Lord said to Noah, “There’s gonna be a floody, floody.”
Lord said to Noah, “There’s gonna be a floody, floody.”
“Get those children out of the muddy, muddy!”
Children of the Lord.Rise and Shine (Source)

I like that song. It’s catchy. I remember singing it with my children. I also read them books like “D is for Dinosaur” when they were young. I also tried to teach them to examine creationism and evolution and make up their own minds about both.

I happened to catch the Huffington Post story about Greg Gianforte who may be running for Montana Governor. My first thoughts were if the multi-millionaire tech entrepreneur is elected governor of Montana we might never get to retire and we just might live to be 600 years old like Noah.

I think that’s kind of what the Huffington Post was trying to get across when they wrote about Gianforte challenging Democrat incumbent Steve Bullock for Governor in 2016. Read it HERE.

OK, maybe I “missed the boat” about living to be 600 years old.

The Montana Democrats and their supporters picked up on the Huffington Post story and zeroed in on Gianforte saying something like retirement isn’t consistent with biblical teachings. This quote from Gianforte troubles some:

“The example I think of is Noah,” he continued. “How old was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn’t hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.”

Let me get this out of the way: I really like Noah. He is one of my favorite people from the Bible. If you search this website, you’ll find out that I have written about Noah several times over the years. I even liked Russell Crowe as Noah which probably angers some hard-line Christians who were not too happy with the Noah movie in which Crowe starred. By the way, Crowe did not look a day over 50 when he played Noah.

I don’t know if I like Gianforte as a candidate for Governor. I have trouble liking Christians who come across as know-it-alls about religion and the Bible – and I am a Christian. I’m not sure Gianforte realizes that as Governor he will be representing people who, dare I say, don’t go to his church or any church. What I mean is some of his constituents may not even believe in God or they have a different religion than his. I’m not sure if he makes his far-right evangelical views part of his campaign that he can even be competitive, but we may get to see how bags of money and a platform full of religion compete in the 2016 Montana governor’s race.

On the other hand, I don’t know if I like Montana Democrats and their supporters picking on Gianforte’s religious views. While I believe religious views are personal, the Montana Democrats attacking a man over his religious views could backfire.

One thing those on the left have going for them is that religion and politics don’t seem to do too well for righties in Montana (except for a couple years during the Christian Coalition takeover in the mid 1990s). Those on the religious right usually form a circular firing squad in which they take each other out of competition. This is mostly done in the name of purity.

If Gianforte keeps parading his religious views out for all to see and the Montana Democrats and their supporters keep going after him, that means you should head to Sam’s Club or Costco and get a couple of those jumbo boxes of microwave popcorn to munch on while watching the show.

The show probably won’t last for 600 years, although it might just seem like it does…

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