In each election, across villages, cities, cultures, countries, and time, we are asked to trust the candidates in light of their promises. It is a repeating game. It appears filled with manipulation, misrepresentation, and a blatant belief in the reality that the ends (vote) justify the means (rhetoric). I am not sure anyone, voter, reporter, or observer, believes anymore. I cannot imagine a voter having faith! There is nothing that one can base one's belief, faith, or trust except in the relentless energy to pursue the voter.
I realize that my observations sound cynical. I am sympathetic to the reasons behind the candidate's actions. While I would hope that I would be and act differently if I were in his or her shoes, I am not so sure that I would be able to hold to my commitment. The obsession to win is strong in anyone willing to put him or herself into the process. I know I am not immune.
I also wonder about my choice. What do I base my selection on? Are words the answer? Is an approach or process enough? Do I need hard evidence? What do I do with the endorsement of others I have come to trust? How do I weigh my options?
The questions expand and extend across my relationships. I find trust and faith at the heart of everyone. What is the current foundation? Does this extend into the future?
For some, actions tell the tale. When Peter's actions “became known all over Joppa, many put their trust in the Master.” (Acts 9.42) There was a direct link in this case. For many today, truth is an elusive friend. Knowing fact from fiction, spin, and accusation is problematic.
When it comes to political candidates, I have no answers. The only relationship I can judge is the one God offers me. In this case, I can see and experience God's motives in my life. I can judge the outcome of compassion, mercy, and acceptance. They are the evidence that supports my faith. The connection always fills me with hope.
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