Month: August 2016

Trusting Our Creator

It’s so easy to forget that God is never surprised. He is never caught off guard or off balance by what happens to us. Nothing goes unnoticed to him, nor is he at a loss as to what to do. We only see what we see and must trust him for the rest. Whatever humans try to do, there will be gaps in its structure. There will be holes in the plan. Yet, he sees it all. We learn our inadequacies the hard way; he already knows them.

If we are convinced of his reality, then we can survive what to us is unreal. Disasters, diseases and death are obvious to us. The forces behind those things are hidden. We only know what we see, hear and feel. He knows why we experience those things. He knows why we are afraid and angry. He knows why we love the way we do. Being our maker, he also gave us the ability to learn about him and see enough of his character to become like him.

Meanwhile, we live on the battlefield. Some days are filled with conflict; others allow us to catch our breath. We steadily move toward him, and his ultimate rest. We are attracted to him by the troubles we face here. He made it that way, and will keep us guarded until all the flaws are made perfect and all the brokenness will be repaired and made new. So, let’s finish the day and try again tomorrow.

Lamenting Voter Turnout II

In a previous post I referred to three kinds of registered voters: those who pay attention to the issues and vote; those who pay attention and do not vote; and those who do not pay attention and do not vote. I said that those in the first two categories should vote, and should be encouraged to do so.

The third category is often lamented and even chastised for not going to the polls and having their voices heard. The fact is, some people should not vote. I firmly believe that everyone should have the privilege of voting, but it would be best if some did not exercise the privilege. My reasoning is that these people will vote with no idea of the issues or of the candidates’ stand on them. They will vote based on today’s news stories and on one or two issues at the most. They will likely not do any research on the candidates’ histories (or lack thereof), will not ask any critical questions, and will mark the ballot based on the first name on the list or on the one name that may be familiar to them.

If this group of people were to become the majority and vote, they would represent democracy at its worst: emotional majority rule with no regard for long-term effects of the outcome. They may be angry enough to elect someone for now, but live to regret it later. They would then do the same thing all over again. I wish more people paid attention, and would vote based on thoughtful decisions. However, those who vote based on appearance or some other surface matter should just stay home. And, don’t say anything to them; just let them be comfortable.

Lamenting Voter Turnout

Like many, I have often been appalled when hearing the number of registered voters versus the number of those who turned out to vote. It seems so many are shirking their responsibility to contribute to a democratic society by making their voice heard.

To be sure, a large percentage of those who stay home should go to the polls. Though they are aware of the candidates and issues, they still allow other priorities to get in the way, or simply do not show up out of frustration with one thing or another.

The gap between those who are informed and vote and those who are informed and do not should be closed as much as possible. Much could be accomplished if more informed voters would contribute to the process. At least, acknowledge those who spend an extremely long day at the polls with little pay and lots of coffee some respect by stopping by to say hi and fill out a ballot.

There is another group, however that have stayed away, and should do so. I will give more thought to those and how to explain it for another post.