My friend Jim tweeted this today:
@jimastephens: Note to US voters: The Messiah is not among the candidates for election. Nor is the Anti-Christ. These are politicians.
Every time an election rolls around it amazes me how so many of us get swept up in the tsunami of religious rhetoric surrounding the candidates.
As a believer, of course I think that the beliefs of the candidates are important. (But so does everyone else. That’s not a “Christian” thing.)
I want to know what people stand for. I want to know how they vote. I want to know where they will channel their efforts. (Or at least where they think they will. We all know wars and natural disasters and economic downfalls tend to derail things a little.)
But for the love, why must we go about deeming so-and-so the “Christian” choice (or not) and then villanizing anyone else that opposes?
The polarizing effect of elections is so disheartening.
Every time it rolls around people say “let’s work together” and then in a heartbeat we get busy defending our own issues and opinions and deciding the “other guy” is the devil.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t have opinions. Even strong ones.
But how about we try and act like grown-ups, do our research, and lend our support in a way that brings life and hope and intelligence into the conversation?
And in the meantime, how about we quit with the anti-christ comments. (Cuz they make us all look like weirdos anyway.)
Q for you: Do you love or hate American politics? As frustrating as they are at times, I’m definitely of the “lover” category.
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