Do we really believe God would be a registered democrat or republican? Certainly, he has a set of ideals (would we want the ruler of the universe to have none?). But, try to imagine Jesus running for President. First of all, he wouldn't. He was explicit in saying that his kingdom is not of this world. He also instructed his followers to give their hearts to God...and give Caesar what is Caesar's. In other words, your most important possession belongs to God. Secondly, his political platform would look a little unusual by the worlds standards, wouldn't it? Try to make a political commercial out of the Beatitudes. The response would certainly include how "impractical" Jesus' espoused values are in the modern world (author's note: by the way, Jesus meant that stuff).
Neither does God fit into our cultural norms. Sure, God has blessed America. But, I'm not entirely convinced that he recognizes our borders with Canada and Mexico and he has blessed many other nations besides the USA. Kenya is desperately poor but has one of the most devout Christian populations in the world! Why do we say God has blessed us only when we are prospering (or when we win the game - not when we get beat)? Do we really think that our struggles and weaknesses contain no blessings as well? What if our prosperity and/or strengths are only serving to distract us from our need for God (this was the case with the rich young ruler)? What if God has intentionally left us with a weakness in order to further demonstrate his power through us as was the case with Paul's thorn? Mother Theresa was like 4' 9" tall in heels. Moses stuttered and was orphaned. John the Baptist ate bugs. Jesus himself was poor and despised by the majority.
Finally, we tend to justify ourselves to God by pretending that he is more accepting of our shortcomings as opposed to the shortcomings of those people around us. In our minds, this makes us slightly better than "the bad guy" standing next to us thinking that God then holds us in higher esteem. For instance, if we fail to recognize our pride and arrogance, but hold the drug addict in contempt, are we sounding a lot like the Pharisee who prayed "at least I'm not like this poor tax collector"? According to Jesus, it was that heathen tax collector who made it to heaven...
God is obviously too expansive to reduce and recreate but we try to do it anyway. Anne Lamott said it nicely" You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do". In this sentence, you could substitute the word "people" with: things, ideals, or shortcomings as well. I pray to have continued faith that his word will hold true. That he alone is sufficient. That he will provide my needs just as he is ... and that I not attempt to reduce him to whatever I see as normal and/or acceptable.