Why is it that I think that my fellow Americans who are running for president of our country ought to hold to a higher standard of discourse, reasoning, nuance, etc.? A small rummage through the history books of past presidential races in the past century or two reveal much worse experiences - gross slander, outrageous lies, immoral conduct, obvious media bias...so why do I think today should be different? Running for president seems to bring the worst out of presidential candidates...especially the closer they get to the voting day. The final criteria comes down to: out of two terrible candidates, who is likely to do the most acceptable damage to our country.
Sooooo...as a Christian - do I bring a unique set of decision-factors to my voting choice? As an American citizen, I have a right and a responsibility to vote. I intend to exercise that right and fulfill that responsibility. As an American citizen, I am pretty much confused over who will do the most acceptable damage. The Democrat is accused of being a big fan of inducing socialism...this coming from the Republican candidate who's party has just nationalized a bunch of really, really big banks (otherwise understood as a form of socialism). Oh the irony. The Democrat is accused of being untested and too young...so then the Republican brings on a VP who has less. Oh the irony. The Republican is accused of being very, very negative - and my wife has received a negative piece of mail everyday for two weeks from the Democrat. Not a single one from the Republican. The Republican is accused of being too much like Bush, having all spent all that time with him, but the Democrat is from Chicago politics!
Sooooo...as a Christian, what else should I consider when it comes to my vote? Moral stuff?
Since presidential campaigns pretty much use lots of fear to scare votes their way, and since they constantly worry about the polls, and since their rivals are full of anxiety about losing, and since many, many, many, too many Americans are on medication because they can't handle their overloaded fears, worries, and anxieties...maybe the major difference for Christians is that they cast a vote for either candidate totally worry/fear/anxiety-free. And this is not because the Christian is naive, narrow-minded, or stupid. It's just that worry, fear, anxiety have a powerful dulling effect, they cloud one's ability to see reality. Could it be that one of the big gifts Christians could give to the next president is not a voting bloc, but action-oriented citizens who seek to serve and work and strengthen their neighborhoods with a certain confidence, generosity, and wisdom that seems...well...better rooted in reality and less rooted in fear.
Really, does it matter who is elected?