Thursday, October 28, 2004

Election Day & the Red Sox

Sports and politics have the same kind of entertainment value: high-flying emotions, controversies, rabid fans, widespread news coverage, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. The Red Sox won the World Series last night in a ho-hum game against the Cardinals who seemed not even to have the energy to pretend to care. To have won the whole thing is exciting, yet ultimately its importance is based on cultural hysteria and pseudo-civil religion rather than life and death issues. The election has been something else that I have been following with interest, and unfortunately, I have some of the same ho-hum feeling as I did watching last night's game. I honestly do not know who I am going to vote for, but have become numb to the whole swirl of sound bites, idealogues and talking heads. I know that this election is important...the world is a dangerous place, growing ever more dangerous each day. I worry about whether I should vote based on my security mom fears or my working class roots, my concerns about Supreme Court appointees or my worries about the marginalized and forgotten. I want to believe hopeful rhetoric, but am worried about being naive. I have been praying about my decision, but have no sure conviction of how to vote. I would like to have a celebration on Election Night, rejoicing that the man who has earned my trust is in the most powerful job in the world and my life and the world will be a better place. But who is that man and does it have any more significance than a baseball team achieving victory?

Lord, have mercy on this country and this election. Forgive us for our apathy and our arrogance. Forgive us for our disregard for You...Help us all to pray for our leaders and work towards a just and moral society.



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