Friday, September 5, 2008

What to do...

Well after the hoopla of both the DNC & RNC it comes down to a final two months of mud-slinging ads and a few debates to determine who will be the next President of the USA. I have really been interested in this election and like many people am honestly torn on what to do. There are "promises" (sketchy when it comes to politicians) that both candidates are making that seem positive. There are negatives to each candidate that stick out as well. I was talking to my buddy Jeremy and he said he is leaning towards not voting at all. Is that the solution? When it comes to not being completely comfortable one way or the other, do we abstain from voting? I don't know. Is leadership experience the most important thing? Is a impressive military service record the most important thing? Is natural charisma the most important thing? Is abortion stance the most important thing? Is tax policy the most important thing? Is health insurance the most important thing? There are so many variables. What about character? It appears in Scripture that the most important thing to God was whether or not a leader had character and was willing to follow after God. Where do Barack Obama and John McCain truly stand in their "claimed" relationships with Jesus? Where does that rank in a system set up to separate church & state? How do you evaluate a candidate outside the lens of your own personal biases? So many questions and I honestly don't feel like I have the answers. Does God care about this election? One way or the other, does God care that one of these guys wins? Or does God simply ask that the Christians of this great nation continue to seek and serve Him no matter who the leader is trusting that God remains in control...which then brings me back to does it matter who I vote for?


Brandy said...

Landon, I'm so sitting on fence about this as well. I don't vote republican or democrat, I look at the candidate and see what they are for or against.
I know nobody is perfect, but there are big things with the both of them that I don't like. Every single year of my life since I have turned 18, I found it an honor to vote for presidency. This year might be the first year ever I don't vote. I really don't think my vote will make a difference.
Somebody said we should write Jesus' name on the ballad. He's got my vote!
No matter who wins, this presidential election is going to be one that will go down in the history books.
It's always a pleasure to see you at church. :D

Romi said...

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bigdave said...

Interesting mind sets in younger people. In 1968, I voted for George McGovern. I'm not sure why, but the fact that Grandpa A was likely to assinate me if I voted Republican probably had a lot to do with it!!! Truth be told, the president really doesn't make that much difference, at least in regards to his political stances. However, the presidents, whom I have been priveleged to live under, who really seemed to make a difference, were such leaders. JFK essentially got nothing through Congress, but his charisma fostered enthusiasm for our nation. Nixon, on the other hand, due to his personal insecurity, led to a national cynicism, that is still lingering today. Reagen, whom I believe could have slept through an atomic bomb blast, had an ability to make people feel secure. Jimmy C., whom I believe is one of our most misunderstood leaders, was unable to portray the sense of leadership that could have avoided much of the lust for energy that we are caught up with today. Clinton will forever be remembered by me as the man whose defense was, "Because I could." (A horrible leader, who is only in it for what it can do for him!.)
This leads us to where we are today. It is a difficult choice, but not one that carries any type of God-given lithmus characteristics whatsoever. (Even for those who choose to okay killing for their cause, but are willing to sacrifice all for elimination of anyone who thinks differently.) We are not a Christian nation, never have been, and never will be. But God has chosen to bless us, almost beyond measure. As Christians, we need to love our neighbors (yes, even the lousy ones who make too much noise, have ugly homesites, and too loud parties), and treat kindly those whom radically disagree with us, so that we become transparent to the world. Then when they look at us,all they see is Jesus, and Him crucified for us all. As Brennan Manning would say, they see the Signature of Jesus!
Love, DAD