It is that time of year again. We hear them on the radio, we see them on the TV, and we see the signs on the lawns so it must be is election season. I find it more and more difficult to figure out who I am voting for in any particular election. We are told each year that this election is the “Election of the Century” or the “Most Important Election in our Lifetime”.
I do not know about that but here is what I do know, I am disappointed. I am disappointed in the candidates and I am disappointed in you and I am disappointed in me. What exactly have we done? What have we let happen to our country and our system? We spend so much time vilifying the “other” that we never spend any time looking at ourselves. We don’t look at the choices that we have made and the possible role that we have played in this mess.
In my opinion, politics and religion are SUPPOSED to be two areas in which people come together to make the community a better place and to do all that is needed to change the world. I got to tell you that way to often that is way to far from the truth at least in my own experience. More often than not we have failed in that regard.
I think it is time that we hold our leaders accountable. I know that some of you might be shaking your partisan heads right now and saying “exactly!”. However, I would like to suggest that when we start searching for accountability in our leaders let’s start right at home.
Let’s look in the mirror and make sure that we are living lives that are making an impact. Let’s take a moment and answer these questions each day:
What one thing can I do today to help someone else?
What one thing can I do today to help myself?
It really can be that simple. For Christians, answering these two questions keeps you in tune with the Words of Jesus who commanded us to “love our neighbors as ourselves”. If you are not Christian that does not get you off the hook. Answering these two questions will continually keep you focused on how you can make a difference instead of how others are messing up.
So back to election day.
I vote for