1. Kessie says:

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

  2. Stephen, a well thought-out post. You made clear arguments and raised good questions. I wish I’d had time to be a part of the politics discussion. I think it’s such an important point for Christians, and as you can tell from my closing statement yesterday, I’m on the side of Christians having the responsibility to vote. We are stewards of this world. I don’t see anywhere that God lifted the mandate He gave to Adam. Why, then, would we shrink from the responsibility to exercise political power, small though it may be? The idea that it might go wrong and we, therefore, bear the blame, is no more true than the one I posted on my own blog yesterday: “Crooked politicians are elected by people who don’t vote.”


  3. I don’t see anywhere that God lifted the mandate He gave to Adam.

    Thanks, Becky, and now I wish I had also said this part!

    The Gospel and the Great Commission do not, contrary to some perceptions, replace the original Creation Commission of Gen. 1-2. The Great Commission only modifies the Creation Commission. We tend the Earth, “subcreating,” establishing order and ruling, just as Adam did — while also recognizing that sin is our greatest setback and Christ the only answer.

  4. Galadriel says:

    I am very excited about the end of this election–not because of the results, but because it means a respite from ads. If I could change one thing about politics, I’d get rid of the barnyard brawling–in the only snippet of debate I saw, both candidates were talking over each other like four-year-olds–and make both of them sit down and rationally discuss their own plans before allowing them to criticism the other’s…
    Unrealistic? Of course. Impossible? Probably. In the meantime, let’s focus on making sure OUR behavior as voters (or non-votes) is respectable and mature.

    • I seem to be in the minority here, Galadriel. I am glad for campaign ads, negative or otherwise. It’s much better than the alternative, and while I can understand natural frustration, I much prefer campaign ads to “heil”-themed propaganda signs of a single Dear Leader dotting the landscape. A society must have one or the other.

      Voters must also choose whether they want sound-bite, timid, fearful-of-speaking-openly candidates versus rancorous and combative ones. It’s one or the other!

      Besides, this is nothing compared to the 1800 election in which Thomas Jefferson called John Adams a “hideous hermaphrodite character”. Not to mention the Grover Cleveland “Ma! Ma! Where’s my pa!” accusation. (To be fair, the candidate’s name was “Grover,” and the Constitution should forbid presidents being named such.)

      Things are much tamer now. Often I suspect it’s mainly the media, who have their own reasons to decry “negative campaigning” (they don’t like the competition?), who promote the complaints about negative campaigning.

      Myself, I complain more about campaigns against negative campaigning more than the negative campaigning.

      But I still throw away those ridiculously prevalent mailed political postcards that accuse opponents of, at minimum, goat molestation and child sacrifice. 🙂

      • Galadriel says:

        Maybe I’ll forward all my political flyers, postcards, phonecalls, etc, to you then. With five elections in my home state this year, there’s plenty of material 😀

      • Bainespal says:

        Political advertisements are relatively sparse in my area, probably because my state is not at all a swing state.  I see many more lawn signs and billboards for local elections and specific referendums than for national or even state-wide concerns.  I should probably be grateful for missing out on a good deal of the hype.  I even prefer the focus on local politics, because those are the things that immediately matter, and the people involved are real and present.

        Still, I do sometimes lament the fact that my vote is of no real consequence for presidential elections, and even of little consequence for state Congressional elections. 

        • D.M. Dutcher says:

          I was getting Obama and Romney ads on Youtube, and it’s hard to escape it in Connecticut. They even were standing on the sidewalk with signs in busy intersections. Plus, we had some pretty harsh attack ads here with the Linda McMahon thing, culminating in her saying it was okay to vote for Obama and her. A very wince-inducing moment for anyone who would have supported her.

What do you think?