Election eve. And Bill Clinton, Part 2 of 2.

On the eve of the election, I wanted to address the whole thing and voting and all that jazz, but I found someone who lays it out better than I would.  Pastor Jeff Leake, a great guy to whose family I and my home church are forever indebted, wrote a post about voting.  You should really read it if you're a Christian who is torn about how to vote.  You should actually read it even if you're not torn. I want to emphasize a few of his points:

  • Neither candidate is the messiah or the devil.
  • We shouldn't overemphasize this election, nor should we overemphasize the importance of this country over the Kingdom of God.
  • We should commit ourselves to pray for and bless whomever is elected, and not tear down.  "Some people's Christianity will be tested on the Wednesday after the election as to whether they will act in love, faith, and blessing toward the person who has been elected."  Great quote.
  • Unity is the name of the game.  We shouldn't be creating walls or divisions between ourselves.

Happy voting!

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Sorry this is so late.

Back in the summer, I read a piece in Vanity Fair on Bill Clinton.  The article explores the reputation Bill has for being a man of questionable moral judgment and suspect associations.  It explores all of that in juxtaposition to the positive accomplishments he's made, as well his overwhelming popularity (popularity lasting even to this day). The article's pretty long, but I found it a very interesting read.  So read it sometime if you have the chance.

Even though many people will remember him for his rated-R (...NC-17?) escapades in the White House, Clinton is a guy who shows a much greater knack for economics and foreign policy than our current President and either of the candidates running for the job.  Not only that, he's also done extensive relief work, including creating the Clinton Global Initiative.

I'm wondering--At what point do we vote for or support a candidate or leader for his character OVER his policies or credentials?

I ask this question not exactly wanting a faith vs. works discussion, though I think the point is at least a little relevant.