Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kingdom Campaigning

Ok, I lied. I said I wasn't going to blog here again until 2011, but being a week away from mid-term elections I just had to spell out some questions I've been pondering. With the airwaves, ad space, and cable news shows filled to the brim with political ads desperately seeking our attention, I am amazed at how many candidates are dragging out their opponent's dirty laundry in an attempt to make themselves look better - falling into a mode of running againstanother person - as opposed to spelling out a plan to tackle the complex and difficult situations many of our communities and states are facing in the weeks and months ahead. In the current game of campaigning, what it boils down to for us as voters is to determine which of the candidates is least troublesome to our conscience and then submit our vote as an act of support for them - albeit a hesitant, halfhearted support. Is this really all we should expect from candidates? A change in how we campaign is desperately needed.

So I've been wondering...

1. What if candidates, particularly those professing to be Christians (a large percentage?), remembered that because of what took place on and after the cross Jesus endured they were set free from sin and there is no longer any condemnation? How would their message change and how would their attitude to other candidates change? How would campaigns (and their ads) be different if candidates did not bring up the pasts of other candidates?

2. What if, during debates, moderators had the guts to cut off any remarks made by a candidate that in any way attempted to judge the other candidate(s)? What if instead of finger-pointing the candidates took the idea of leadership to heart and pointed out all the positive things the other candidates had to bring to the table and offered ways to help them improve even more? Sounds backwards, doesn't it? But wouldn't you vote for a leader that made the people around them better?

What questions does all this political banter raise for you?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Update and new blog

I know, I know, it's been a while since I've posted here and for that I apologize. It's not that I've stopped writing, it's just that I've stopped writing here. I hope to return to this blog again in 2011 but for now you can catch me over at a new blog I started a few weeks ago titled "The Gospel According to Dave Matthews Band" http://ga2dmb.blogspot.com.

So until I post here again, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I'll see you in 2011.

Peace!
Jon