In an online conversation a few months ago, when she felt like she had me against the wall she laid a trap: "Don't you want a Christian president?!"
I've been mulling that over. And I can't decide if you will attack me for this position or not. Maybe you know me well enough by now. The good thing? I know myself well enough. I feel really comfortable with the hard questions, and after a lot of deliberation, this one is no different.
Do I want a Christian president?
Meh. Not important, really. Look. The past 44 presidents have been Christians (I think?). In our history, we've had plenty of presidential scandal, right? Wars that were based on greed. Marital infidelity. Stealing land and natural resources from people just because we could. Because they had something -- land, resources, that we wanted. Authorization to occupy countries to protect "our" investment in oil, and diamonds, and other valuable resources. We've had presidents who were married, and single, and divorced.
Here's the thing -- while I am a very proud follower of Jesus' teachings, I don't think that Christians have a monopoly on morality. The longer I live and the more people I meet, the more I realize that we're all basically the same. We're mostly inherently good. My friend Beth, an atheist, is one of the most generous and accepting people I know. I have friends who are Jewish, and Muslim, and Buddhist. I have friends of many sects of Christianity. And mostly, they're good. And the ones that aren't as kind, well, some of those folks are Christians too.
I want the president to be honest. And kind. And care more for The People than him or herself. I want the president to place value in hard work and education and caring for the less fortunate. I want him or her to place less importance on a dollar, and more importance on humanity. I want the president to love peace, and reject evil. And choose diplomacy first.
And wherever they draw their sense of right and wrong from, I pray that they are wise and good. That's what's important to me.