I preface this by saying God Bless America. I love our country. The freedoms afforded us daily are something we should never take for granted. But I can’t help but be bothered by the idea that we are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on political campaigns. The DNC and RNC cost upwards of 90 million dollars. And I think I’m being a bit “conservative”. Security alone for the DNC cost 18 million dollars. For many delegates, it cost $2500 just to get into the convention. I can’t really say I have a solution. This is how things have been forever in this country. And as an African-American I feel that it is my obligation to make an informed decision and vote for the best candidate. My grandmother walked to work for it. My aunts and uncles walked from Selma to Montgomery for it. I’m trying to imagine Jesus in a voting booth in November. WWJD?
I think Jesus would be very interested in politics. Just not from the perspective most would think. In the Gospels, Jesus did all He could to avoid power and recognition. He’d say: “Don’t tell anyone I did this for you”. When they tried to make Him king by force, He withdrew to a mountain alone.
The further He moved away from political power the closer He moved toward spiritual power and authority.
So today, WWJD? I don’t think it’s a matter of who He would vote for. I think it’s a matter of the issues that are important to Him. His personal slogan would probably be: “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). He probably wouldn’t be into a huge fundraising campaign (althought He might send somebody out to go get some money out of a killer whale to pay some taxes). He probably wouldn’t be looking for the hot ticket to the DNC. He probably wouldn’t care that Michelle Obama shops at Target or Old Navy. He’d care about loving people from the “other” party. He’d care less about dissecting a speech for a faux pas and more about dissecting it for substance. The mud slinging would turn Him off. It would be distasteful. These next several months are going to be difficult for me. I already see the tide turning from major issues/concerns in our society to more trivial concerns. And I guess that’s the nature of politics; doing whatever it takes to win. But is that not unsettling for anyone else? Am I alone in my frustration and indignation? I share the following sentiment:
Neither the Republican or Democratic Party cares about the cause of Christ. || Robert Godfrey
Honestly, voting in November doesn’t let me off the hook. I still have the responsibility to champion the cause of Christ. And, maybe, just maybe, it takes more than a vote to make that happen. Truth is:
It aint gonna happen on Capitol Hill. It’s only going to happen by leading people to Golgotha Hill.
It’s going to take a passion that drives us beyond the voting booth to a hurting world in need of the Gospel. It takes acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God. Won’t you join me?