America, May The Odds Ever Be In Your Favor

The 2016 Presidential Race and Why Christians Need to Get Real

My Nerves Are Bad

Honestly, I feel like I’m watching a real life Hunger Games storyline play out right before my eyes in American politics. Sunday night, during the 2nd of 3 presidential debates, this one being held in town hall format, I realized something. Actually, I realized three things:

  1. The 2016 debates are equivalent to grade school lunch periods, complete with underdeveloped, puberty-stricken vocal tones, high hormonal adrenaline, which leads to a back-and-forth of sorts of quick and witless responses. Oh! And let’s not forget the added jeering laughter from onlookers and instigators in response to all the obnoxiousness. Social media sure had a run with it all. Here’s a quote expressing my exact sentiments from one of my favorite Chicagoan poets: screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-10-07-09-pmIt’s like watching the cool kids take a stab at a popularity contest, except for most Americans, the real competition is who can become most unpopular, which leads me to my second epiphany of the night.
  2. There is no such thing as a lesser of two evils. It’s all evil. As a voting millennial, never before in my adult life have I witnessed such bold stances for sin. Both candidates display a high disregard for Christian values, and that disregard is on full display in their outspokenness on such topics as abortion, gay marriage, racism, immigration, taxation, the humanitarian crisis across our borders or police reform within. Some conservative evangelicals believe they are making a logical decision when using the “lesser of two evils” litmus test for voting the Christian way, but are supporting that decision with illogical reasoning. Sin is sin. Evil is evil. There’s no such thing as more or less, at least not in this presidential race. Which is why…
  3. I am embarrassed to be a voting American in this day and age. I’m definitely not saying that there was ever a true golden age of politics in this country. However, this time around, something is different, and in a big way! If our best picks for the leader of the United States are both criminals in their own regard  (Hillary and her emails, and Trump, well…I don’t have the time or space to spell that one out), something is wrong with America. The unfortunate reality is something has always been wrong with America. Now, the symptoms to a root issue are beginning to break the surface.

Is It Hopeless? Yes.

So I’m sure many of you, like me, are wondering, “what’s the hope for me in this election?” Well, to be frank, I don’t think there is any hope for you or me in this election, nor has there ever been in any previous elections. That’s just not how American politics and Christian beliefs intersect. I believe we’re all asking ourselves the wrong question when we presuppose that the primary, or even secondary manifestation of Christian values will ever be greatly or marginally found in governmental institutions and politics. Don’t get me wrong. My point is not in support of creating a Christian “silo” government that is outside of the American system. Christians should definitely seek to be elected public servants if it be an interest or calling. However, our involvement in that sphere should never be with the expectation to usher in a kingdom that will not come before its time. Using government as a replacement for the church is not the answer. Neither is a solely Christian subculture that has no interaction or influence in the world. We must mature to the type of Christian body that wisely knows how to be in the world but not of it. That’s why you must resist the conservative Christian temptation to disengage during dark and uncertain times. We must boldly participate.

Three Things You Must Do

  1. Pray. Seek the welfare of the city because I don’t know about you, but I feel like I am in exile.
  2. Vote. The last day to register to vote during this election is Tuesday, October 11th.
  3. Hope. Though they odds may not be in our Christian favor as it relates to our hopes of having an elected president that truly fears the Lord, we have nothing to fear. Our hope and faith stands unshakeable despite the daunting times of this election and state of our nation. We must continue to place our hope in Christ and his plan to use the church, not government, for His glory.

Feel the sparks yet? That’s what happens when iron sharpens iron.

Question: Move in a little closer and let’s get real. What do we have to fear in this election? What is one thing a Christian must do in response to our current political state? I want to hear from you! Post your comments below .

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Thanks for stepping out there, Ashley, sharing your insights as well as offering us a challenge to do more than throw stones. I appreciate your words here.