Where Does Faith Fit in with Politics?
With the presidential race well underway, candidates are already trading barbs about religion.
BY: N.T. McQueen
However, as responsible citizens seeking elected office, their faith should be used only as a tool to promote their credibility, and not as a platform to preach condemnation. A candidate who sings the song “My God is better than your God” is misusing their professed faith. I use the qualifier “professed” faith, because it has been my experience that those who bellow about the superiority of their chosen faith are charlatans and lack the strength of character valued by the very faith they proclaim they possess. This can sometimes make candidates wary of discussing their faith, but leaders should not be afraid of their spiritual beliefs. They should embrace them. They will gain more respect as people who hold steadfast to their beliefs than if they abandon their faith or misuse their faith for the sake of the ballot.
About N.T. McQueen - N.T. McQueen, author of Between Lions and Lambs, grew up attending several churches and comes from a family of preachers. He graduated Cum Laude with a degree in American Literature and is a graduate student in Creative Writing at CSU-Sacramento. He lives in Northern California with his wife and two children. (www.cityhillpublishing.com)