photo by Seamus Murray
Our local Wal-Mart is a frequent stop-off place for us after church on Sundays. Us, and it seems half our church. It’s not unusual to meet a fellow member in the cereal aisle while nodding at someone else across the way in toiletries.
This past Sunday we ran into an acquaintance and somehow the discussion came around to the presidential race. The discussion was, for the most part, generic and non-partisan, but both of us were lamenting how politics and politicians have become tainted with unethical practices and special interest pandering.
“I would love,” my husband began to say, “just one time to vote in someone who is….”
“Competent?” the other party finished.
“No,” my husband countered. “Honest. I can forgive a bad decision if it’s made honestly. I want a president who has integrity.”
It does seem we have a multitude of elected officials who have a problem with that basic virtue. Sadly, many of us Christians have sidled away from that criteria in our candidates in favor of promises, perceived popularity and even a candidate’s good looks.
We want a president who is able to do the job, but what does it teach our children if we continue to vote in people who can’t tell the truth to those who vote him in? That truth is relative? That honesty is nice, but whatever it takes to get the job done is preferred over honor? That securing what we want as a particular voting bloc trumps the nobility of the person or the office?
During one day’s family devotion time the subject of lying came up and we discussed ways of discerning friends for their integrity. My daughter very wisely said, “If someone lies once, they’ll lie again. And if they’re willing to lie for you, they’re willing to lie to you.”
Wise words, indeed. We need to teach our children that moral character matters in our elected officials, and that our Christian walk doesn’t stop at the ballot box. We’re supposed to carry it with us wherever we go.
What are you teaching your children as it pertains to the upcoming elections? Leave a comment.