I Was Just Thinking...

I was just thinking that I needed to write something in the ol' blog.  But then I was also thinking that I really didn't have anything to say... which is a definite problem when its time to blog.  Just as I was thinking that I wasn't thinking of anything to write, I got an email from Wineskins' editor Greg Taylor.  (Well, he didn't write it to me personally, but he did include me!).  As I was reading his note, I started thinking that what he said is what I am thinking too.  So here is what I am thinking today.

This week on the Writer's Almanac, Garrison Keillor quoted John Adams, who said, "Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide."  

Are we in danger of committing democra-cide? 

Isn't it ironic that we are now trying to nurture democratic nations internationally while we rush headlong into the fire that burns with a white hot passionate hatred toward people different from us in our own nation? And we're just talking about people in different parties, to say nothing of the other racial, religious, social ways we express disunity and hatred.

How many times in the last few weeks have you uttered, "He's an idiot" or "She's an idiot" about a candidate or friend who emailed you a newly minted narrative to discredit a candidate? If we think we can barely live in a world led by the party we oppose, what does that say about our world view, what we trust in?

This week, Newsweek's Sally Quinn and Jon Meacham asked the question, "Is there a religious reason to vote for or against Obama or McCain?"

Judging from the pile of desperate emails we're getting, the answer is yes. And many on both sides of the aisle believe there are religious reasons to vote for one or the other party or candidate. 

I'm of the party of people who have grown exasperated at the notion that religion can only be expressed through one particular party. That doesn't make me a Republican or Democrat. My conservative friends think I'm a Democrat. My liberal friends probably think I'm Republican. 

My voter card still says Independent. Maybe next time I get a card, I'll ask if they can record "Christian" on my party affiliation. Because I'm a Christian who believes a particular political party or candidate is not the answer to my prayers.