Thinking in more positive terms about political issues

From time to time over the past year when I’ve been tempted to write political rage posts, it has seemed to me that even though they’d be cathartic, that wouldn’t be all that constructive. And while I haven’t studied political theory or public policy much, writing helps me work through my thinking on issues. So, my thought goes, maybe I should spend some time thinking through and writing constructive opinions on various political topics.

Then I came across this tweet from Brian Zahnd (this was before my social media fast, honest!) that seems like a good framework to work from:

Off the top of my head, some topics I’d like to consider:

  • Taxation
  • Religious Liberty
  • Health Care
  • Gun control
  • Foreign trade policy
  • Foreign military presence
  • Middle East policy / terrorism
  • Racial justice issues
  • Social programs / social safety net
  • Education
  • Internet / technology policy
  • Campaign finance
  • Term limits
  • Science & space
  • Environmental issues

I’m not working through this all to get Brian Zahnd’s vote – I’d need to run for office first! But it might be constructive to think positively about what policy should be instead of just saying “well, that’s a bad idea”.


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5 thoughts to “Thinking in more positive terms about political issues”

  1. I think Brian’s list is a fantastic jumping off point! I would add one more thing: Does it let the marginalized have a seat at the table to speak for themselves?

    Are you going to write about all of these? Cause I am here for that.

    1. Misty, that’s a great addition to the list. Thanks for suggesting it!

      I’d like to say that I’m going to write about all of these. It feels kind of ambitious… but it also feels like it’d be worth doing. So yeah, I’m going to give it a try.

  2. Written by David Rogers, posted by Marty Duran yesterday on FB.

    Some personal observations on a Christian approach to politics and voting:

    It is no doubt true that God can—and often does—use flawed, compromised, and even corrupt individuals to sovereignly accomplish His ultimate will
    in the world. But as followers of Jesus in a democratic society, we are not called to support these individuals beyond the due obedience, respect, and honor we are to render to all those in places of authority. When it comes time to vote, we should carefully weigh the options and go with the one that most closely matches our understanding of God’s ideal, independent of their odds of winning, knowing that no one is perfect. We should be faithful to follow our conscience as best we know how and leave the results with God.

    God may well choose to use someone He would not lead us to vote for. But that is His prerogative, not ours. We are not God and we are not called to play God.

    We should be especially careful to not publicly support or defend in the name of Christ and/or the Church that which is morally indefensible. When we do that, it damages our testimony as Christians and gives cause for those who might otherwise seek Christ to stumble and those who will never seek Christ to mock.

    We may rest assured that God’s plan for history and for the nations will ultimately be fulfilled. While that doesn’t mean we are to be passive and just resign ourselves to evil in the world, it does mean we are to go about our mission in the world with a pure conscience and seek to do God’s work in God’s way, not using the tools and strategies of the world under the premise that the end justifies the means.

    In this age in which we live, God’s plan is more often accomplished through weakness, humility, and suffering than it is through power, pride, and material prosperity. This may well imply losing elections and seats of influence in the halls of power in the meantime. But those who are faithful now will one day reign together with Christ throughout eternity.

  3. This sounds like a great idea! Being a critic is easy. Thinking constructively takes time, effort and energy. Glad for this move, for you! 🙂

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