Ross Douthat depressed me thoroughly with his sobering comments in the New York Times. (Behind a paywall, sadly, but is he really blasting Trump and urging HRC?) In other arenas, solid Christian leaders are falling all over either side of the choice. Some pro-Trump…some, NEVER! Many of these leaders and writers are people read and admire for their faith, conviction, and ability.
And like many others, I have read and read and read. But so far, I have not gone to the polls.
But the article (below) was of great help to me. Dr. Ramesh Richard is president and founder of RReach. He is a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Delhi. He has a brilliant mind, a biblical mindset, and a generous, pastor’s heart. I am most happy to call him my friend. Read the article (short). He had me at Isaiah 1:5. Quote: “the whole head is sick; the whole heart is faint.”
The first few paragraphs are here:
It used to be easier to vote for presidents. Or to choose to vote at all. Believers would look for candidates most aligned with our (hopefully) biblically informed views and vote in good conscience. Yes, we experienced internal conflict about colliding priorities, but we could still satisfy ourselves about whom we supported.
Every election seems the most decisive one ever for the future of the nation, the church, and the world. A sense of “vote-significance” has always been the case and should be; otherwise, democratic elections are façades.
And yet to me, this election seems poised to launch larger and longer consequences for the nation than ever before. This presidential election seems as existentially confusing as it is historically critical because neither candidate fully aligns with my views and both seem unworthy of my trust. Someone noted this is an Isaiah 1:5 moment: “the whole head is sick; and the whole heart is faint.” The quandary affects my desire to get out and vote.
I’ll vote today. Thank you, Dr. Richard.
You will want to know of Dr. Richard and his global ministry.
He has been a friend, mentor, and encourager over the last few years.
Canon David has over 35 years of local congregational ministry, diocesan and national involvement, leadership, and ministry experience and is the founder of Leaderworks. He was the founding Rector/Pastor, Christ Church, Plano and currently serves as the Strategic Leader and Dean, Diocese of C4SO.