I read a friends blog the other night, sometime after the election. I was left wondering the same question that he raised in his blog. His blog was “How Would Jesus Vote?” I will begin by saying that in general I don’t really think that God takes sides in things like this, no more than does when people on the opposite sides of battlefield invoke his name prior to commencing the fight. On the other hand, I think that perhaps it would, just as the friend suggested, be a good thing if all had prayed for his guidance and hand in the matter without invoking him to be on one side or the other.
Now as most now I label myself as an agrarian libertarian. I actually stumbled on a good explanation of that today when talking to someone else. I believe in your right to do whatever you want to do until that right interferes upon the right of someone else to do the same and you are not doing anything to leave the earth in a worse shape then you found it. Add a good dose of fiscal conservative policies and I am set. So you can see my dilemma when left with the two parties. I do tend to lean strongly to the right, or at least I have prior to the current administration largely based on the fiscal aspect of things.
Anyway as I am looking around at the state of things and start to contemplate things I do have to wonder if Jesus had been here in the last few weeks how he would have voted. I personally think if he had been here he would have turned over the voting machine, the curtains would have torn and the machine itself would have broken in two and he would have said something profound about neither being suitable to serve office. Maybe that is just my own personal thoughts on the matter.
So I admit that my vote did not go with the winner, but after some thoughts and reflection, especially after reading some things written by Martin Luther King (inspired by yet another friend) and thinking about some of the things said by another great person name John F. Kennedy, I am left wondering if Jesus would not have voted that way. I don’t know where I lost the feelings that I had back in college of compassion for my fellow-man. After all, wouldn’t Jesus have been reaching his hand out to the poor man who was down and out. Would he not have been more concerned about inspiring hope where there was little to none left? When it comes down to it, would he not have been more about achieving equality and achieving equality between everyone and wanting those who had talents to use them to benefit their fellow-man instead of exploit them for their own gain? I could certainly go on and on to be sure.
And sure, I know there are some things that may not sit well with Jesus on that side of things. I am just going to hope and pray that the right decision was made and perhaps it was in the context of the above. Time will tell to be sure.