In the weeks leading up to the election I invested time reading blogs, listening to speeches, thinking about issues, opening spaces for dialogue among friends, read publications arguing for and against questions on the ballot, and preparing myself to take part in democracy as an informed citizen. I tried my best. I asked coworkers who they were voting for. I listened to Democrats and Republicans. I even read politico marketing pieces and paid attention to television ads! I was surprised to find some Christians arguing against casting a vote in this election, with not everyone agreeing (read the comments).
Whoever you vote for this election at the local, state, and national level, you’re shaping the future of this nation. You are participating in the political order. You are supporting candidates who will stump, fight, compose, and pass legislation that will shape our land. As Aristotle noted, “Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.” You are taking advantage of the opportunity to participate in democracy. This can be a good thing.
I voted today, and thus participated in our community and in the future well-being of our nation. I’m fairly confident that regardless of who wins at each level of government all will be well. Here is a picture of me outside my polling location, a two minute walk from my house. I was in and out in 15 minutes, and the machines worked fine.
There are innumerable ways to participate in community. Voting is only one of them. Other ways are to give speeches, join associations, get involved in local schools, volunteer, make friends with your neighbors. I teach Sunday school, work with a local organization called YouthFriends, and spend time with high school students at my church.
We can do a lot of good when we engage our communities, learn about issues, and work toward virtuous goals together.