Chuck Colson

A lot of people are upset about the outcome of this year?s election. The prospect of having to share their country with people who voted for Bush and oppose same-sex ?marriage? has left them unhinged.

Historian Garry Wills, writing in the New York Times, called November 2 the ?day the Enlightenment went out.? His characterization of American society, and Christians in particular, made it sound like you can expect your doctor to prescribe leeches at your next visit.

Other people are so distraught about the election that they are thinking about emigrating. The country that comes up first, of course, in these stories is Canada.

That makes sense. It is close, Canadians are friendly, and they speak English?at least most of them do. Canada, however, is cold, and with the National Hockey League on strike, the winters are even longer than usual. Add higher taxes and no mortgage interest deduction, and it?s no surprise that some of the huddled masses of liberals are looking for an alternative.

For some that alternative is Central America. A woman quoted by Reuters has put her home on the market in preparation for her exile. She?ll probably have lots of company. Her real estate agent told her that he received ?forty-five calls in one day from Americans looking to move to the same location.?

These aspiring expatriates are in for a surprise. The explosive growth of Christianity, especially Pentecostalism, in Central America makes those countries even less receptive to ideas like same-sex ?marriage? than our country. The hired help?expatriates can hire cooks and valets for a dollar an hour?will think that someone who left the United States over same-sex ?marriage? is, at best, mad and, at worst, demon-possessed.

Our expatriates may find tracts strategically placed in the bathrooms and wake up one night to find that the local Pentecostal church is standing outside for an all-night prayer vigil, complete with a ?Jericho march? around the concrete-and-stucco walls.

Of course, few, if any, of these people will actually move. The real issue in stories like this isn?t their disillusionment with their country, but their intolerance and contempt for their fellow citizens.

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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