So, it's Election Day. I don't have any intentions of discussing my votes here (don't worry), but you're not allowed to have a blog and not say something...
On that subject, one of the biggest changes in this election has been the rise of the blogger. Bloggers are sharing space on the New York Times editoral page on election day - that's big news.
The best election-related website in my opinion is Spinsanity - a site that cuts through the punditry and spin to get at the actual truth.
I'm grateful that we have the opportunity to make a real choice between two candidates today. Even in parts of the world in which elections are held, many of them (see Botswana's election story in another of today's posts) aren't real choices. Regardless of the vote you will cast today, be thankful for the choice you are given.
That said, I've been really saddened by this election. If you peruse Spinsanity, you'll see just how deceitful this election has been on both sides. Of course, no one ever comes right out and "lies" - they just "spin." Which is just a clever way of lying. At the Emergent Gathering in Glorietta a few weeks ago, we had a discussion on politics and the Kingdom of God, and something that was said stuck with me. It was something along the lines of, "The issue that matters most to me as a follower of Christ is truth-telling, and there aren't many people on the campaign trail that really value truth-telling." That statement seems to be true, and that is sad.
Another friend of mine, who asks not to be named so as to not lose his job at a church, puts it this way: "You're not foolish to think that the Republican agenda will do a good job at bringing about positive change, and you're not foolish to think that the Democratic approach is the best way to bring about positive change in the world. But you are foolish to imagine that either party represents the way of Christ and the bringing of the Kingdom of God into this world."
Each candidate for President (and Governor and Senator and Representative and County Commissioner) represents some positive and some negative positions. Vote because you can and be grateful for the opportunity to do so; choose candidates that you believe will have the most positive impact on our communities, our nation, and our world; remember that our ultimate allegiance belongs niether to a political party or to a government but rather to the Creator and Redeemer of all the world.