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thoughts on politics

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in light of tomorrow’s big day, i thought i’d share with everyone some thoughts on the upcoming election. one of the biggest issues on my mind isn’t about democrat vs. republican, or iraq, or even the economy necessarily. calling myself a christian, the big issue for me is this: how do i vote my conscience and not my wallet? unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a way to vote strictly my conscience considering each party’s platform. this is a very tricky issue for me. for years i grew up with a very conservative viewpoint being taught to me. growing up in the church and going to private school will do that to you i think. and it hasn’t entirely left me either. i still view myself as more conservative than not. the problem i’m finding now is that either conservative-ness seems to have changed it’s meaning or my conscience has changed. i’ve found myself identifying more with liberals on things like wanting everyone to able to afford health care, not wanting more people to die in what seems like a pointless war, and wanting poor people to have a way not just to survive but thrive. it seems like if i vote with conservatives, i’ll get lower taxes, more limitations on abortion, and marriage will stay defined as between a man and a woman for at least four more years. and that’s just a sampling of the issues as i’m sure everyone’s aware of. so i’m faced with a multitude of questions: do i vote conservative because i agree with them on gay marriage and abortion? do i vote liberal because i think everyone should be able to afford to be healthy? if i vote my conscience, am i actually voting my religion? should christians try to establish a “christian” government? is that forcing my worldview on people who don’t believe in God? the more i think about these things, the more i have to look at what Jesus said and did. he had a rocky relationship with government at best from what i can tell. everywhere he went he tore down the establishment, church and government alike. so maybe i shouldn’t worry about trying to put a christian government into power. as rob bell put it, “‘christian’ makes a horrible adjective and a great noun.” unfortunately i can’t vote at all tomorrow because 1. i’m in new york and 2. i forgot to register again after moving. come november however, i’m pretty sure i know which way i’ll vote.

so who’s voting tomorrow and for who?

p.s. i won’t tell you who to vote for….unless you really want me to, which i will 🙂

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Written by matt

February 4, 2008 at 10:16 pm

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  1. ooooh, you’re so mysterious.

    Amanda

    February 5, 2008 at 10:16 am

  2. but also extremely smart and articulate here. Thank you for your insight.

    Amanda

    February 5, 2008 at 10:17 am


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