I hate presidential elections.
Not because of the mudslinging.
Not because of the 125,487 yard signs on my way to church every Sunday.
Not because of the debates.
I hate them because they divide people.
The “If you’re against my guy, you’re against me” attitude breaks out. I’m guilty party numero uno on this one.
Last night I was scanning through Twitter and saw a couple people I look up to in the church IT world tweet about Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama. They claimed that they were undecided and Powell’s endorsement made their decision even harder.
Ok. There’s hope.
Then this morning, I see one of the two claim that he still has doubts, questions and uncertainty, but he’s locked and loaded for Obama.
My heart sank. I now feel a disconnect. I care less for what he has to say.
Is that wrong?
You’re free to vote for whoever you want. That’s the joy of democracy and living in the United States. As Christians, though, I think we’re called to a higher moral responsibility.
- Believe it or not, the economy will be fine
- Your taxes will go up regardless of who wins
- There will always be social security issues
- Innocent babies are killed every day. Human life gets discounted by the second
- Disease and famine run rampant halfway across the planet
- If we give terrorists an inch, they’ll take the whole world. Don’t think so? Try ’em. Talking doesn’t work with these people.
I remember a sermon from before the 2004 election. Dennis was on stage and was talking about the Bush/Kerry election (no endorsements – churches can’t do that). He held up a bible in one hand and his wallet in the other.
What are you going to vote with? This (holds out wallet)? Or this (holds out bible)?
The decision is easy for me. What about you?