Sep 9, 2008

From the desk

by Jennifer Schmidt

 Over the past few weeks, I have heard numerous peers lament the presidential choices that we face in the upcoming election. “McCain is too moderate,” and “Obama is a good choice except for fill-in-the-blank” are the most common complaints I hear.
After too many conversations that end up with the same conclusion – someone saying that they just don’t care anymore – all I have to say is get over it. The candidates will not be changing. The choice was whittled down to two men months ago, and the time has come to make a decision. While the debates will be telling, and hopefully informative for undecided voters, there comes a point when political debates resemble a dog chasing its tail.

It could be that voters are so disappointed in the candidates because they have unrealistic expectations. Disappointment often results from unrealized desires, and it’s a term that has been used to describe both candidates. Fingers are easy to point, and flaws are all too obvious to the self-righteous voter who complains about McCain’s lack of attention to “the poor,” but how dirty do those same fingers become from service in the local community? Obama is lambasted for his pro-choice stance, but could those same accusers locate a nearby crisis pregnancy center? There is something exceptionally wrong with this situation.

In Relevant’s most recent edition, editor Cameron Strang wrote, “Many Christians vote these convictions, but that’s largely where their personal involvement in the issues stops. Are the government leaders we vote for meant to do our job for us?”

Strang continues by urging readers to be the change that they desire to see in society. He challenges this generation to stop “lying dormant in pews around the nation,” and to pledge their “lives, finances and actions” to the causes that they claim to be concerned with. I have to agree.

Next time a complaint about a political leader rises to your lips, ask yourself if you have met the same standard. Dare I say that if we have fallen short, the term hypocrite would be appropriate.

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