Unfortunately, the political world is a nasty place. It reminds me of growing up in western North Carolina. My dad was a house painter. He used to get up early and fix something called liver mush for breakfast. He finally got me to try it and I actually liked it, so I started eating it with him every morning. But some time later, my dad won the contract to paint the liver mush factory and I made the mistake of going with him. Seeing how the liver mush was made caused me to swear off liver mush forever.
Some Christians look at politics the same way. They hear a sermon urging them to be actively involved in helping our constitutional republic function by exercising their right to vote. They take time off from work to vote, or maybe they go so far as to get involved in a political campaign. But then, something like the Foley scandal hits or they see the candidate they worked so hard for wavering on a key issue. They conclude that all politicians have feet of clay, and they decide to just disengage from the whole process.
If this describes your experience with public policy, let me offer you a word of encouragement from the word of God: “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:9-10, NASV).
On Nov. 7, we have an opportunity to do some good for our state and for our country. We have the opportunity to vote in a general election.
For South Carolina, we must be sure we go and vote “yes” for the marriage amendment. For all other elections in the state, we must be informed about the candidates and vote, using our Christian worldview as a guide. Don’t lose heart. Vote, and trust God for the outcome.