Me? I remain confused.
If you'll allow me this rare venting about politics, I'd appreciate it.
Strike that... let me reword it.
What does a Christ-follower do when it comes time to vote in a country's election? Should he/she pray and follow God's lead (even if it's not one of these two)? Or should he/she vote for the lesser of two evils between the two outstanding options?
I'm not claiming that McCain and Obama are not Christians... I read that they are, and yet my skeptical side wonders what is real and what's political spin to gain a few points among evangelicals.
In the meantime, more than 80 evangelical leaders have gone on the offense by signing the Evangelical Manifesto this year - a document designed to clarify what evangelicals stand for in an attempt to return civility to public discourse. While this document is primarily theological, it seems to be a movement away from party politics in an effort to make sure that evangelicals would not simply be "useful idiots" in the nation's partisan politics. Interestingly, a number of the signers have been politically active in the past.
On the flipside, young voters have become very engaged in this year's election cycle. This election, those demographics will reach parity with a greater number of young people having reached voting age as the Baby Boomer generation just begins to turn 65. A motivated young electorate will have a significant voice. USA Today cited that:
- 57% of voters under 30 say they have given "quite a lot" of thought to the election, up from 44% in 2004.
- 87% say they plan to vote this fall, up from 81% four years ago.
- In 2004, 24 million voters were over the age of 65, and 21 million 30 and under.
Before all of that, though, I am a Christ-follower... someone who has to remember that it was never God's idea to put human kings above any kingdom. When His people demanded it, the Lord warned them where it would lead. (As one book put it, it became harder to trust the leaders we could see instead of the one we couldn't yet see.)
The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out. (Proverbs 10:9)