With the election tomorrow, what should a faithful person do? WWJD, what would Jesus do? WWJVF, who would Jesus vote for? Is it true that "God is not a Republican, . . . or a Democrat?" The Rev. Mike Kinman, the Executive Director of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation, has a great post today over at the EGR blog, I am re-posting it below. Check out the resource links that he has provided as well. Read up, then GO VOTE! ~ Rev. Peter M. Carey
How would Jesus vote? The Bible is silent on Obama v. McCain, but our scripture speaks loudly about what factors our Lord might consider before pulling the lever.
While both candidates have spent millions of dollars trying to convince voters how each will be better for the "middle class" and "Main Street," what we know of Jesus suggests we use a different ruler if we are to cast a Christlike vote.
For Jesus, greatness was to be found in service ... particularly service to the least powerful in the world. Who cares more for the outcast? Who will help us as a nation not so much achieve our self-interest, but look beyond that self-interest to a greatness borne not of rhetorical bluster or military might but of leading the world in a commitment to compassion.
More than one billion people still live in extreme poverty ... and the global financial crisis threatens to send that number upward even as the MDGs struggle to cut it down.
Today, when you vote, consider that the people for whom you vote have a chance to inspire us and lead us toward fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals. There are a billion reasons to cast your vote not for yourself, but for the world's poor who have no voice, much less vote.
Use the resources below to pray, study, discuss and cast a vote that is a dream not just for you, not just for America, but for a world made extraordinary by the power of Christ's compassion.
A world where, with God's help, we have made poverty history.
Here are some resources for prayer and study as you prepare to vote today:
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer)Click here for an election day message from the Presiding Bishop and more prayers.
Consider these before pulling the lever.
Click here to download "Obama & McCain: On The Record" -- a one-page collection of statements by the candidates in their own words about their postions on the MDGs.
Click here for Citizens for Global Solutions' "Obama vs. McCain on U.S.-UN relations"
Click here for the Pew Forum's "The Candidates on Poverty."
Click here to download the "Vote All Your Values 2008 Voter Issues Guide" from Sojourners.
Click here to go to "The Global Hunger Crisis and Elections 2008" from Bread for the World.
Click here for excerpts from Lancet's article on Obama & McCain on Global Health, with a link to the entire article.
The Rev. Mike Kinman is the Executive Director of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation.