Just prior to the ugly fray that has become the primary season, I took one of those online tests that matched my views on a myriad of issues with those of the many potential candidates. Three men clustered at the top of my list, far above the others, and only one percentage point separated them from each other: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Mike Huckabee. Biden could be considered a liberal/establishment Democrat, Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist, and Huckabee is a Republican former Baptist minister who aligns himself with traditional conservative views.
How did I wind up matched with a group of candidates who have such apparently divergent stances? It’s rather peculiar, but I have yet to find any one politician who represents the many concerns I have as one whose “citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20).
I still don’t know who I’m really “for” this election year. Back when Jimmy Carter was president, I first came to Christ, who told Pontius Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). Since then, I’ve voted in every election because I have that right and consider it my duty to read widely, thoughtfully consider many issues, pray, and participate in the democratic system.
I suppose this election will be like too many previous ones for me. I will put no signs on my lawn or bumper stickers on my car. When the day finally comes, I will enter a booth and pull a lever, not so much indicating that I am “for” a candidate, but that I am against another one I perceive to be worse.
This lack of a real choice doesn’t anger or frustrate me because, like Jesus, I know my kingdom is not really of this world.