Don’t get me wrong, both McCain and Obama are great leaders and I’m sure either candidate will treat the office with dignity and respect. But the promises and futures each of them project to us, the voters, simply won’t happen, nor will their plans restore the lives to the extent that they promise.
This past year I read a great book by one of my favorite authors and activists, Shane Claiborne. In his book, Jesus for President, he highlights the failures of government. The systematic inability of true restorative grace is something he follows through leaders, militaries, and governments from the earliest of human culture to the current. People groups have always placed their hopes in the strong, the popular, the mighty, and culture after culture rises or falls to power and finds itself in a looming exile. The only true restorer is Christ. The only true hope lies in Jesus’ promise of a new humanity, which acts out when we live as his hands and feet to the world.
Never in an elected official.
You’d think the Old Testament would teach the lesson.
My biggest fear and sadness is in those individuals that have placed SO much hope in the candidates. I just finished an article that followed each campaign trail and talked about the fanatics that find themselves so moved that they’re literally brought to tears and emotional ecstasy while at the campaign rallies. I cringe with sadness for these individuals because their hopes will be let down. I cringe because they are brought to tears with the eloquence of powerful politicians, yet remain stoic and dry when they read the words of the Christ, and/or experience his work all around them.
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Folks, please vote. Please engage the political process. But please, please, please, don’t be one of those individuals that has put so much hope in either McCain or Obama, that we forget that Jesus, through us, is the real advocate and hope for change.
p.s. check out Jesus for President, by Shane Claiborne, for more on this (and stated much more eloquently).