McCain, Obama and other nonsense.

October 10, 2008 at 1:04 am 2 comments

I find myself lately doing what it seems I always do, during political seasons; trying to figure out how to vote for either of the two choices and wondering why it always comes down to who I dislike least.  I spent some time with my pastor and others in the Trinity office today, talking politics and economics and recognizing that once again we are all pretty much voting against the other guy.  I just get frustrated and find myself wanting to opt out.  I know there are lots of us that identify with the feeling, but we are so afraid of what will happen if one of the guys win, we just resign ourselves to the lesser of two evils (they are probably both nice guys, maybe not even evil).  No doubt for the believer the differences in these two are clear and I am at the place where, as a believer in Jesus, my decision seems to be made by these differences.  Doesn’t mean I have to like the choices.

Greg Boyd is a maverick, no doubt about it.  Out of step with almost everybody.  Probably why I have liked him for years, liked his thinking so much at one point it cost me a friendship.  A recent post on his blog caught my attention. What follows is an excerpt from it.  No doubt, many of you will not like it, some just because Greg Boyd wrote it, but read it, then post a good comment against what he says, I had a hard time disagreeing much.

The tragic truth is that the church in America is profoundly broken. Instead of addressing our own massive shortcomings and sin, however, many leaders are trying to get us to focus on fixing Caesar! We aren’t doing what we’re called to do, in part because we’re so busy trying to get Caesar to do it! We’re ignoring the log in our own eye while trying to find a speck in Caesar’s! We’re doing very little of what Jesus called us to do and spending a lot of time doing things Jesus never told us to do. Instead of bleeding to transform the world through the self-sacrificial power of the cross, we’re trying to transform the world through the self-serving power of the sword. Instead of feasting at the banquet of God’s humble, servant love, we’re joining in the world’s scramble to scarf up a morsel of power that falls from Caesar’s table.

How we need to be freed from the illusion that we’re doing anything kingdom by voting a certain way every couple years! How we need to wake up to the truth that we vote for or against the Kingdom every day of our life. We vote by how we spend our money and time. We vote by where we live, who we hang out with, the kind of car we drive and the kind of clothes we wear. In the Kingdom, we vote with our lives, not in a booth expressing our opinion about what Caesar should do.

 You can find the entire post right HERE.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Doug Wright  |  October 10, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    It is easy to pound out the negatives of life. It is hard to discuss the correction needed, yet even more difficult to begin the task of (with Gods help) making a difference. I pray change in the individual minds of Christians and Christian leaders. Back bone to pursue what is right and strength to reject wrong. May the challenge stir me!
    Politically–Like others, I tire of the never ending political judo.
    Thank you Lord that November approaches. Please give us wisdom to vote with a spiritual mind.

  • 2. amanda  |  October 10, 2008 at 8:41 am

    AMEN! did i say AMEN?! AMEN! (i like this guy) He is SO right. since when did it become a matter of who we vote for? how does that begin to fix what is wrong? whilst i believe that we should vote, cuz if you don’t you’ve NO right to comment, whine, complain, moan, etc, i am not so sure which is the lesser of 2 evils either, sometimes i regret not following the race closer, but i for one get so tired of the mud slinging and finger pointing. makes ya wonder what ben, thomas and george would think.

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