It's only April 2014 but we're already hearing media guesstimates about the 2016 presidantial election--and it's all about who will run and who will win. Will Hillary run? Not offical yet, but yeah, probably. Will she win? What if she runs against Jeb...who might not run...but he might. What if he doesn't? Who will? Chris? Marco? Scott? And could Hillary (or someone else) beat them? What would they need to do to win? How could they be stopped?
Do you notice a glaring omission here? We are so preoccupied with the competition of the campaign, we don't have time or energy to actually look at, be educated about, and move towards solving the massive problems that face our world--global warming, melting polar ice caps, rising sea levels and extreme weather; the widening gap between rich and...well, everybody else; terrorism; a sputtering economy; the threat of widening war in the Middle East, Ukraine, Iran-Iraq-Afghanistan, etc. etc. We retreat into our comfortable partisan corners and throw mudballs at the other side, and we ignore our central Christian belief that we have been charged by God with taking care of our planet and the people who live on it. How do we govern? How do we help? How do we provide for future generations? These are grave and complex questions. And we will never be able to answer them if our entire focus is on an election and our only question is: "Who will win?"