My Political Platform
I have never been more thankful for DVR. As the presidential campaign ads increase in frequency I just tap the button and zoom through them with just a glimpse of Mitt Romney’s dome. Sometimes I wish I had a DVR button for life so I could skip past all things political for the next few months. At the same time, I know it’s important for Christians to stay engaged in culture. Too often this engagement sounds the same as regular political engagement–a lot of posturing about which candidates and positions are more “Christian”. But I was thinking, what could we do as Christians in this season that would be productive?
Nothing like some politics to get people riled up. In college just the name Bill Clinton put me on a soapbox. There are plenty of people who will get upset, even angry, in the midst of political discussion. What if we took the initiative to be political peacemakers? I don’t mean we have no opinions, but as followers of Jesus we’re called to act in love. So maybe we could be people who disagree lovingly (I’d love to hear stories of what this looks like in practice!). Let’s be creative peacemakers in a season that produces a decided lack of peace.
Be Truth Seekers
If Romney’s as bad as Obama says and Obama’s as bad as Romney says we’re all in BIG trouble! Part of politics is both sides caricaturing the other side and ripping them apart. Half-truths are the language of political speeches and ads. So instead of hearing the latest ad blasting the candidate we hate and giving a hurrah, how about if we actually do our best to find out the truth about all the candidates? And you won’t get the truth about Obama from Rush or the truth about Romney from Jon Stewart (though you may laugh listening to both!). Let’s be people who are fair to everyone and seek the truth.
Assume the Best
Just because someone leans Republican doesn’t mean they don’t care about the poor. And just because someone leans Democrat doesn’t mean they don’t care about the financial future of the country. Too often we assume that those who take a different view of things are motivated by selfishness, an ulterior motive, or even evil. Do you want someone to assume that about you? Whatever conversations or interactions you have with others about politics, especially others who disagree with you, assume the best motives until they prove otherwise.