On Elections

Wouldn’t it be nice if social improvement was just a matter of electing the right people to office? It would make life much simpler. But alas, it just isn’t so. Life is much more complex than that.

Have you noticed that people increasingly encourage and defer to the Federal government to solve all of their problems? Have you noticed how Federal issues have encroached into local politics? Have you noticed that for more and more people politics has become a religion, a source of salvation?

It seems to me that we have hold of the political stick by the wrong end. We have bought the baloney of National Socialism with the capital we got from selling out the values of Christianity.

We need to reclaim the values that we have never had and that don’t belong to us. What do I mean? The righteousness of Jesus Christ is a foreign righteousness, it does not belong to us, to humanity. It is the exclusive property of God, yet is ours through grace by Jesus Christ — not to own it, but to be used by it.

And one of the first things learned from Jesus is, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” (Luke 16:10). The little things really do count. In fact, the most important things are those things that we do when we think that no one is watching and no one will ever know. God is always watching, and God always knows.

Kenneth J. Floom, North Canton, wrote in the (CantonRep), November 3, 2006, “The American citizen is facing one of the biggest challenges in U.S. history. The USA is dying in three major categories: morally, economically and culturally. In this election, it is imperative to elect people with high moral values.” The problem is that everyone running has “high moral values” — just ask them!

Floom correctly links three areas that are of concern to many — morality, economics and culture. His insight is excellent, but the solution will require more thought. Stay tuned to this blog over the next few weeks and join the conversation about the relationship between morality, economics and culture.


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