Not sure how much everyone has been following the republican primaries. Politics has become my guilty indulgence, although to be honest I get most of my news from Colbert Report, NPR, and Time Magazine (because flight miles paid for it). I have no problem letting the world know I have always previously voted Republican, primarily because of the whole abortion issue, which technically makes me a one issue voter but I thought that issue was pretty important. However, from the limited research I’ve been doing so far I have become terribly uncomfortable with the thought of casting my vote for anyone that the Republican Party has put forward as a viable option for candidacy. Maybe I’m sounding terribly cynical but I know to get this far in the political process you are already pretty corrupt, probably rich and self-entitled (yes, that goes for both democrats and republicans). It’s just that as I’ve been reading through the gospels again I can’t reconcile most republican policies with the way I desire to live my life. I’m having a hard time envisioning casting my vote for people who want to strip away safety nets for the least of these, people who regularly disregard good stewardship of the environment and people who, in my opinion, are at times proponents of hate speech towards immigrants, illegal and otherwise.
As for the abortion issue, I’ve also been researching and found that the actual numbers of unborn children killed are usually lower during Democrats reigns because there are usually larger social safety nets and better access to information and yes birth control. I wonder, do I care more for the principle of no abortion or more for the lost lives that abortions represent. And if it is the principle, isn’t that principle rendered meaningless if I am willing to sacrifice thousands of lives in order to obtain that principle?
Not trying to stir up a huge political debate just wondering if there really is an effective way to live out one’s principles as a Christian in the process of democracy. What do you all think? Is voting even an important aspect of living a Godly life?