I intend to vote this year, but not for President. Yes, voting for our national leader is a privilege; but when I believe that no virtuous choice is possible, I decline to make a choice that will result in an earnest need for repentance.
I find support for my position from two very different thinkers, having read extensively from the work of both. The first is a Christian; the other is an atheist. Both arrive at the same conclusion concerning good and evil, although they have some significant disparities as to what constitutes good and evil.
“Of two evils, choose neither.”—Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“The lesser of two evils is evil.”–Ayn Rand
(Rand also cited “the evil of two lessers.”)
I recently published a post titled “Are all of our Presidents going to be brambles,” citing Jotham’s parable in the Book of Judges, about trees who declined to rule over the other trees because they had higher and better callings–all except for the brambles, who had nothing better to do but rule.
Near the end of his reign, David succinctly and beautifully describes who should rule:
3 The God of Israel said,
The Rock of Israel spoke to me:
‘He who rules over men must be just,
Ruling in the fear of God.
4 And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises,
A morning without clouds,
Like the tender grass springing out of the earth,
By clear shining after rain.’ — 2 Samuel 23:3-4
New King James Version (NKJV). Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
“He who rules” to whom David refers in v. 3 is not running in the upcoming Presidential election–nor is anyone even remotely close.
I read up on it, thought about it, and convened with my more-scientific-than-I husband on the subject–but I don’t think the would-be Mars colony is going to make a go of morning coffee or tea to warm them in their new permafrost world. Low air pressure, low air temperature, low boiling point of water—the water would vaporize anyway, given the pressure. . . .I basically decided the people who want to move to Mars probably should, if they’re the sort who see the infinite beauty and gracious bounty of Earth as not what they had in mind for a world. It would almost certainly take more than a minute to receive Kindle books—Amazon probably won’t have Whispersync to Mars for quite a while; and even with potentially loose regs for drones, front-door delivery looks dicey.