I’ve never been a very political person. I don’t write my congressman or carry picket signs or watch CSPAN. But I vote. I think that’s a really important right to exercise as an American. And even though I don’t always (okay, rarely) like my options, I know that it’s important for us to participate in the process. I think God can use leaders of all sorts (heck, he used Pharoah, so . . . ) to bring about his purposes with or without their permission, so I try to respect the office of president even if I don’t care for the person sitting in it. But I have to admit, I can get pretty lazy and cynical. Sure, it’s one thing to understand that our political leaders are not our saviors or hopes for the future, but it’s another to kind of “check out” and not be complacent about knowing what’s happening and speaking up respectfully when it’s necessary. I’m lucky to live in a country where I can do that safely, at least for now. But sometimes it’s just easier to go along to get along. How wrong is that.
My sister in law is Egyptian and I can see why she feels like voting is futile there. Their options are rotten and rottener. What a sham and a shame.
My ultimate hope is in the Lord, but as his image bearer I still need to do my part to bring salt and light, to be discerning and cooperate with his plan to heal the world and if that means paying attention to what my political leaders are doing and calling them on deceitful plans, I need to do that. Heaven help me to do that.