The political season is nigh upon us, which means a goodly number of you will doubtlessly be ducking for cover.  Well, dear reader, I am hear to help.

We care about the political things around here, but want to care about them in the right way.  The next few months will prove a halfway decent test for all of us.  With all that in mind, I put together something of a survival guide for the season over at Relevant.  Specific recommendations are there if you click through the link:

This Presidential election will be the most important election we will ever face.

You know, just like the last one. And the one before that.

We won’t know until it’s long been over whether this election is any more important than the others. That’s the sort of claim that can only be examined through the long lens of history.

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speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 11, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What we do know, though, is that this Presidential election will be one of the most expensive of our lifetimes. Most normal folks (of which, sadly, I am not one) are still enjoying summer barbeques and trips to the beach and are only keeping one eye on the race. But in a few weeks, the onslaught of political advertisements will be inescapable and political questions will begin to be a regular feature of all our conversations.

As a conservative, I struggle with the pervasiveness of politics that happens with every Presidential election. Near the heart of the conservative temperament is the affirmation that as important as our government is, it’s the spheres beyond it that matter most. Yet most political rhetoric is driven by what our candidates promise to do for us, rather than promising to simply get themselves out of our way.

The intended effect of all that advertising is simple: to awaken and inspire enough passion in us that we would take the step of casting a vote. The process may be crucial for making a democratic republic go, but it can also be an unseemly one, luring our hearts and our affections away from their primary allegiance to Christ.

Any ideas on what you would like us to do around Mere-O this political season?

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Posted by Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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  1. Those are some great suggestions! I really appreciate the links.

    Election season teaches me how broken democracy is. And I fear that we have learned this too late for our friends in Egypt, Tunisia, and other nations that have looked to democracy as a sort of savior. My Iraqi friends are already starting to see how democracy didn’t solve all their country’s problems after all, and has even made some problems worse. Our system, though usually better than oppressive dictatorships, is nonetheless human and imperfect.

    I hope the political conversation among Christians this election season recognizes the imperfections in our own system, and produces tangible solutions that will benefit nations that are looking to us as an example. All the while knowing we will never produce a perfect system or political candidate.

    This doesn’t mean we should throw our hands up or be all bad on America. In fact, I think It’s OK to Sing “America, the Beautiful” in Church (from Relevant). Let’s plead with God to “mend thine (America’s) every flaw,” while at the same time being hopeful of the redemption God is inevitably going to bring. And as people made in God’s image, let’s produce real, creative solutions to these problems that will benefit all peoples.

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