In the United States, the presidential primaries are drawing to a close. It appears as if both major political parties are close to identifying their standard bearers.
Many people are chagrined by the canddates that have seemingly locked up their respective parties’ nominations.
People from other nations have expressed ironic surprise at the resuts of our primary polling. It made mme think of a quotation from a site that sends Latin words of the day to its subscribers.
“Furciferibus designates, nostra ratio civilis est subabsurda”. In English, it means simply, “With the scoundrels having been nominated, our political system is rather absurd”.
While an argument could be made that this Latin quotation fits very well into our present political season, it is also significant that many alignments of the past are ended.
So-called “evangelical Christians” have been left out in th ecold while one party still gives lip-service to their influence. “Tea-party” Republicans seem to have no influence even while their candidate, while a billionaire, has attracted a populist following albeit that of resentful and angry voters.
The populist candidate with real credentials is behind in delegates even as his candidacy inspires younger voters to become involved in the process.
What, the, do people of faith do in the face of lack luster choices from both major paryies? Do we embrace the Quixotic candidacy that seems to fit our ethical standards? Perhaps that is the only effort worth making, for it is only in the face of what seems to be impossible odds do we expose the most worthwhile endeavors.
It has been said that the only causes worth fighting for are the hopeless ones. That is never more apparent than during our messier and noisier exercises in democracy.
Here is where the intersection of faith and politics is highlighted. Do we act to follow a seemingly hopeless cause, becuase it is right for us orr do we act “pragmatically” even though we will be disappointed?
When Abraham and Sarah were promised that they would found many nations and their offspring would be as numberless as the sands by the sea and th stars of the sky, it also seemed hopeless.
When Jesus of Nazareth died on a Roman cross, His story seemed to be over, His cause ended, but look what happened.
Follow what seems right and let me know what you think.
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