This article was originally published by Mennonite World Review

Lesser evil?

In this unprecedented election year, sometimes people say they are voting for the lesser of two evils. I don’t think that’s quite accurate. I came up with a thought that might express it best: “Voters will vote for a candidate based on what they are willing to believe about a candidate and what they are willing to ignore.”

This applies to both the candidate you favor and the one you oppose. I have used this on several occasions this year.

So, the next time your crazy uncle or co-worker attacks you about politics, use that saying. They may just stop, think and say, “Hey, you know, that’s right,” and walk away.

The next quote is one I heard from a thoughtful commentator: “Elections are always about one of two things: change, or more of the same.” He’s right, but when voting for change, what is the price? “More-of-the-same” candidates can still adjust and change what has been done in the past.

May voters thoughtfully consider their voting, with the wisdom and humility that no human candidate is perfect. There are many ways to do peacemaking.

Brian D. Stucky
Goessel, Kan.

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