I hate discussing politics. The fact that I’m writing about them now causes all sorts of nauseousness rising in me like a volcano. The main reason I hate discussing them is because, the “conversation” is mostly me listening to someone else rant about why such-and-such president/candidate is not a good fit for our country. I’m not that passionate about either side, because I don’t take sides. I’m a peacemaker, a stand-in-the-corner-while-others-hash-it-out type, a write-about-it-later-but-never-utter-a-word-in-person type.
I hold personal beliefs that both Democrats and Republicans are for and against and so I can never decide. When I listen to political debates, all I hear is “money, money, money” and “this is who should get it.” As a Christian voter, I’m equally torn. Many Christians believe that in order to fix our country we need to tell people that they can’t have abortions and they can’t be gay. Many Christians believe it’s not right to favor those who won’t take personal responsibility and clean up, shape up, and move up the economic ladder. Alternatively, other Christians feel it is right to be the voice for the lower class, even when some of those in this class don’t try to help themselves.
I find myself adhering to my Republican beliefs when I am among my conservative friends and my Democratic beliefs when I am with my liberal friends. This shapeshifting is a conundrum for the undecided voter. I want to be true to myself, but there are just some issues that I worry about facing if I vote a particular way.
It turns out, I won’t get to vote a particular way, or justify my actions to my conservative or liberal friends. I recently looked up my voter status, because I couldn’t remember seeing my card anywhere. It was effective September 2008 through January 2012. Awesome.
I’d like to end this post with a Bible verse: 1 Timothy 6:7-10
“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”