WOW. This article was A-MAZ-ING (by Eric Redman). My husband received it from a friend, and the LORD used it greatly to help me make sense of my political apathy, helping me want to learn how to become involved and interested in choosing our country’s leaders without letting it embitter me or allowing the anger surrounding politics to affect my heart (see last post). I am humbled once more.. How could I take such a privilege for granted and just decide that politics wasn’t worth my time?
First, it is not virtuous to side with the majority because one does not wish to stand out among friends, or because one is unwilling to examine all information on an issue, or because one wants to dispense dislikes toward current leadership, in spite of righteous reasons to vote against the majority—in fact, under some circumstances, it can be a horrendous evil. Second, even if one is seeking to be consistent in humility and holiness individually, to abstain from voting on any matter is to allow the majority to speak for you. That same majority, with a victory, might make trouble for the greater populous by means of the evil(s) of which you sought to distance yourself by abstaining from voting.
YOWZAS. That’s me — I’d rather shun all participation, which allows the majority to take my voice, whether I agree with them or not.
How I wish that the first time there was a probable opportunity for an African American candidate to reach the White House I could have cast my vote for such a candidate without any reservation. However, I am pro-life, and President-Elect Obama is the most anti-life senator to come to power in my lifetime. I also am pro-conservative justices (who limit legislating from the bench). I am pro-marriage— that is, pro-heterosexual marriage. In the end, I could not overlook these issues as I approached Election Day. But the temptation to justify voting for Obama was strong, for I did not want to be against the side of history—of an African American finally making it to the Oval Office.
I have felt these same sentiments as election day approached and passed — I wanted to be on the side of history. I was drawn in by Obama’s charisma, by his call for ‘change’, by his being loved and adored around the world, and here in Japan. BUT.. but.. but.. I could not justify being drawn to his speech-giving, his likability, his history-making desires, as a reason to vote to make him the leader of our country.
Read the rest of it, you’ll enjoy it..