Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pledging my allegiance

I don't know if any of you have noticed, but it's election season here in the States, which means our mailboxes are cluttered with paper, we have to mute the TV every time a commercial comes on, and I even get more annoyed in the car than usual.  This afternoon after picking Jamaica up from being groomed (she's now sporting a teal-colored bandana around her neck, and E says she smells like an old woman!), I flipped on the radio, which was set to a Sports radio station.  Within five minutes two ads came on, sponsored by the two men running for the Congressional seat in our neck of the woods.  Actually, back-to-back.  And in them, these men accused the other of EXACTLY the same thing--outsourcing jobs, rather than giving them to people of this country.  Are you kidding me? So which is true, or are they both, and if they are, how in the world is someone supposed to decide?

Now let me be perfectly honest here.  I read my Voters' Pamphlet the other day when I was trying to go to sleep vote.  It's not for the faint of heart, you know.  It never is. The little bios the candidates put in are eschewed in their own favor.  If there's any time a person wants to blow their own horn, it's when he or she is trying to get your vote.  I get that.  It's the nature of the beast we call democracy.  People have to get elected in order to serve, and in order to get elected, they have to make people vote for them.  Thus, we are bombarded right now, perhaps more by their ambition than what might be good and true and right about how they intend to serve.  OK, raise your hands if you fully trust anyone who runs for public office.  My hand isn't raised, that's for sure.

So how do we do it?  For most of us we choose issues we feel strongly about--the economy, the environment, abortion--and cast our votes based on those things.  Voting this way tends to lead us to a specific party, which simplifies the voting process--just look for the right letter after the person's name, and wah-lah, voting is simple.

However,  it's not simple for me.  And I suspect there are a whole lot of people like me out there. I do lean one way more than another.  But my allegiance can never be to one political party, because I answer to an eternal one.  So I must take care with my vote...take it more seriously than simply look for a political affiliation.  All the initiatives are mind-numbing to read through.  To try and make sense of, let alone try to imagine what the long-range effects of them will be. So I read and think and pray, to treat it all with a great seriousness but not to take myself too seriously. In the end, as I sign my name and seal the envelope, to trust in God's sovereignty.

Yes, to trust in His sovereignty in this nation of ours where people with great ambition (but not necessarily the greatest integrity) sit in the seats of power.  To trust that He can work His righteousness even through those who do not honor or know Him.  Do you believe this?  I do.  I believe that His power overwhelms the power of mere humans, that His authority makes man's look like the authority of a gnat (to paraphrase CS Lewis). So, as I mail my ballot, I ask Him to be God.  To overwhelm any flaws in my vote.  To not let my voice get in the way of His voice, even in this election. I am thankful for my right to vote, but my only true allegiance belongs to the King.

No comments: