In all of the back and forth punditry about who to vote for this election, a thought occurred to me. What do folks really think they accomplishing by voting for one candidate or the other? I thought about the single issue voters, the party-liners, and the folks trying to weigh the issues. But one more basic question kept coming up. Does any of this voting really produce any results locally? Or do we vote trusting that our one active move at the ballot box is going to be one that makes a difference?

What I am more or less asking is, is voting a way for middle class American Christian to avoid getting their hands dirty? Are they (subconsciously or not) trusting in the system to fix things when they should be taking action personally? Put another way, are American Christians guilty of the same skepticism of the gospel that some first century jews were when they expected the messiah to save them militarily or politically?

I guess what I am saying is that I think Christians ought to do much more locally to combat the problems they see. Voting once every four years instead seems like a way for your average Christians to pat themselves on the back and do nothing again until the next election. Am I wrong? Why?

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