I hope this blog post finds you well. Today I am going to dip my toe into the political waters. I have been cautionary in commenting on anything remotely political, though there has been a plethora of instances that would have merited me doing so. I am actually going to harken back to a comment that was made several months ago by one of the candidates. If you are a political junkie like me you may remember which candidate made the comment. But, it has been long enough ago that perhaps who made the statement will have been forgotten by most. All the better, because I am not interested in speaking for or against a particular candidate and that is not what this post is about. It is about the heart of the comment that was made.
So, let's speak in terms of candidate X and candidate Y, because truly, I do not want to appear to be throwing support to one candidate over another. Candidate X was speaking about the election and stated that if Candidate Y wins, that would prove that the electoral system is rigged.
Many comments have been made by each candidate that have been disparaging towards their opponent. However, this comment was not about an individual; this comment went to the heart of the process. This is why, after so many comments passing through the air like arrows, this is the one that still hangs over me and begs to be commented on. If the only proof that the system is not rigged is if Candidate X wins, then there are no real options. Our choice has been made for us. Because, taking the statement to its logical conclusion, if Candidate Y wins, it was not truly our choice, it was the result of a flaw in the process.
A statement such as that threatens our very foundation of freedom. Because at the end of the day, all we humans can really trust is a system, a process. The founders of our nation knew this. That is why they incorporated so many systems of checks and balances into the structure of our government. Because they knew that the power could not be in the hands of a few. Only then could we even have a chance at avoiding being corrupted by personal interest.
In the Bible, in John's gospel, there is an instance where it says that when the people saw the great miracles Jesus was doing they put their trust in him; but for his part, Jesus did not trust the people, for it says, "he knew what was in a man", meaning Jesus knew mankind is sinful, self-serving, and cannot be trusted. That is why we have to trust a system, something outside ourselves, something that we have collectively agreed upon, to lead us to make collective decisions for the common good. We cannot leave it to one person or a small group of people. And when we start to question that process, that system, we risk shaking society to its core.
Does that mean it is always easy to trust the system? No. Does that mean the system is never broken? No. But, if the system needs changing, it has to be approached with objectivity. If we can't trust the system, the alternative is to trust a person. Not even Jesus would do that.
Just something to ponder today.