This week brings us to the end of two political conventions. It will be interesting to see how the political landscape now changes--or doesn't.
I have always been interested in the intersection between faith and politics. How does our faith inform our voting choices? How important is it to have a candidate who shares our faith views? Can we see a candidate as moral, if our faith views don't align? How important is behavior?
I am intrigued by the various responses to Donald Trump. Clearly, if there's a faith community who formed him, we don't know what it is. He doesn't spend regular time with any community whom I would recognize as faithful to a religious tradition, although perhaps they are--could it be that they're just not comfortable talking about their faith?
Trump has a long reputation for not making good on his promises, for stiffing contractors and various types of small business owners--my faith tradition would not see this behavior as meshing with a man who is faithful.
Of course, for every person with a betrayed-by-Trump story, we might be able to find one where Trump went above and beyond the call of duty. This man has had numerous family configurations--is it telling that no family member has emerged to tell a horror story?
I can do this same analysis on the Democratic side. I believe that Hillary Clinton has stayed true to many of her Methodist values--but why is it so hard for her to just tell us the truth about some of the issues which have threatened to sink her?
So, how would Jesus vote? I believe that Jesus would look at all of our power structures and analyze who is helped and who is hurt. I believe his vote would be with the ones who would look out for the ones who are outside the power structures.
I will be listening closely for those messages in the hundred days before I head to the voting booth.
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