During the Lent season, I’ve been thinking that one of the things I should considering letting go is “politics.” I’ve been spending a bit too much time on the internet and tube but it’s been difficult to resist as there’s definitely something different… As I’ve shared before: Never in my thoughts did I imagine that in my lifetime, I would experience the legitimate candidacy of the following three individuals: a candidate [John McCain] at the age of 72 [if voted] and 80 if he completes 2 terms; a woman [Hilary Clinton], and an African-American [Barack Obama].
Again, while I do not believe policies, politics, and politicians are THE answer, Christ followers ought to be involved in the process to work with others in using the system to DO GOOD. I intend to vote in the February 19 primary and will do more due diligence in voting for a presidential candidate between the two party representatives on November 4. I have no party affiliation but will seek to support the candidate “who will give us the greatest freedom to proclaim the gospel, live it out, and provide the system closest to what we think is gospel-like.” [Scot McKnight] FYI, Quest Church will be a voting location on February 19 as well.
This blog’s presidential “caucus” has produced some great conversations and support for respective candidates. Since the majority of the support appeared to be for Obama, I thought I’d share couple links that will be worth your time to consider the other two candidates:
What I Want Rabid Obama Supporters to Understand by An Angry Asian Mans Supporting Hilary Clinton for President.
I’ve also been reflecting on this comment from the Jesus Creed and some dialogue about McCain:
…I guess what i am trying to say is that we know we are living in a broken world. Bad things happen to good people. Bad things happen to bad people. There are rich people who are bad, as well as rich people who are good. God sends rain on the rightous and the wicked.
People seem to be trying to fix this broken world through the government, they have good intentions. It is tough to see poverty and suffering and injustice. But man did this when we sinned, the world is broken. We can not fix it through organizations run by man.
The good news is that Jesus came to mend it, through his Church pain and suffering are eased but not removed. Jesus told us life would be hard and painful, but there is a better place. We should do the best while we are here to help those in need while sharing the Gospel with them. I think we should pray to God for help and guidance on the best way to do this. I have trouble trusting a government that does not believe in a higher power than itself, and that seems to be where we are heading. If and when government gets too much power they think they are god and do not have to answer for anything it does, that is a real danger. It has happened before and will probably happen again…”