I’ve never been a very political animal. I have trouble deciding whether I’m a donkey or an elephant. I usually have just enough interest in the process to do what I should as a good citizen — get out and cast a vote for the better alternative (in my humble opinion).
My real government is God’s kingdom, and I try to vote for Him early and often.
But this time around, election season seems different.
The rhetoric is harsher than usual. The lines in the sand are drawn more deeply. The sides taken are more entrenched and the invectives are angrier.
It seems like there is, somehow, much more at stake.
And I wonder, like a good Sheldonite* should: How would my Savior cast His vote? What would He say about all this conflict?
Would He vote Republican? Would He say: “Render not unto Caesar the things that are yours”? “The wise said to the foolish, ‘Give us your oil'”? “Blessed are the mighty, for they shall fear no one”? “You shall love your neighbor and bomb your enemy”?
Would He vote Democratic? Would He say: “Sell all that you have and give to social programs”? “A man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife or husband”? “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for abortion’s sake”?
Would He vote the Green Party ticket? Would He say: “The axe shall never be laid to the root of the tree?”
Labor? “The workman deserves more than his wages”?
Socialist? “The workman deserves his wages plus everyone else’s wages divided by the number of workmen?”
Would He vote for the lesser of two — or the least of three or four or five — evils?
Or would He view it as voting against the greater/greatest?
One thing is certain: I have a lot to think about, and pray about, before the curtains close behind me November 2.
As political animals go, I believe I’m a sheep.
*author of In His Steps, origin of the “What would Jesus do?” mantra.