I was in the historic, downtown part of the my town this afternoon, reading about a hobbit and drinking a bit of espresso. This is a rare occurrence. One of 2 rarities on this day. The second is a note left on my car.
I used to own an orange, convertible 1978 Volkswagon Bug. I got notes on it ALL the time. "Hey pal, love your car!" "My daughter would love your car - would you sell it?" All sorts like that. Now I drive a Honda Civic. Not near as attention-getting. Well, this note was in regards to a sticker on my car. Not my "homestar" and "ah-the cheat" stickers, but my "God is not a republican or a democrat" sticker.
The note read: "God isn't democrat or republican, but he does expect us to have enough sense to not vote for candidates from a party whose platform supports the killing of innocent unborn children."
At first I was angry that this person didn't want to chat. No name or phone # was left on the note. Typical passive-aggressive move. Hell, they could have run away after leaving the note. Then, I was flattered that someone was provoked to something, based on a sticker on MY bumper. Then I called a friend to tell him what happened.
He thought this to be very entertaining. I had tried to give him some of those stickers a few weeks before the election. Well, he said something that blew me away. He said, OK, we can say the democrats support policy that murders the innocent unborn. Based on statistics coming back from Iraq, we can also say that the republicans support policy that murders the innocent BORN. Follow his track. Who does God care more for? How could this be such an easy worldview to navigate? By considering ONE issue.
As we consider the pundits weighing in on the ONE issue that got so-and-so voted out/in, I find my friend's response timely. More than just considering one issue, and the two political parties' sides, let's consider new arguments and more than ONE issue. Let's try to learn more about what we don't know.
This is also why I find talk radio almost unlistenable these days. I already know what certain people are going to say. So, I figure the best I can do as a steward of this brain, is to digest opinions I'm not inclined to think about or agree with. Then hold it up to the Gospel truth. But always be willing to dialogue.