So with a sense of urgency I traveled across town to the Election offices to discover a line of hopeful voters filling the building, sidewalk, and parking lot! Since I had traveled this far I thought why not wait and see how the line is moving. The line moved fairly well so I stuck it out despite the cold and the rain.
The only conversations I did hear was about the process itself. The importance of voting. The responsibility of it all. The honest joy it brought them to feel their individual voice mattered. Everyone just stuck out the line and voted their opinion. I find this reality interesting. I have no idea what it says about my city and the people I get to share it with. I don't know what it says to the larger political climate in our nation. Perhaps we just realized at this point we had made up our minds and the conversation in line wouldn't change that. Perhaps it is a reminder that the talking heads on television, radio and internet are really in the entertainment business rather then the information business. So their excitement, anger, and poles don't really relate to the common voter of the midwest, even if some of us are in "swing states." Perhaps it really means as long as we feel we have a voice we are willing to deal with the outcome, so long as we had our say in the matter.
Below are some good links to help you think through the responsibility of voting and how to process that responsibility as a Christian. None of the links I will share give any support to any candidate and I will not share here how and why I voted the way I did.
Is there Room for Christ in the voting booth? A great article by the Executive Minister of Chicago for the American Baptist Churches USA.
The Pastor and Politics A reminder that a pastors place is not to persuade parishioners in political issues but to proclaim Christ crucified.
What Belongs to Caesar? Red Letter Christian article on why loving or hating a political opponent for abstract things is unChristlike.