With all the political theatrics packed into the last few debates and highlights worthy of amateur night at a second rate comedy club, all one can do is brace themselves for the next round. Both President Barack Obama and Michigan born Republican nominee Mitt Romney have had a chance to “square off” and left many Americans harboring the same thoughts about the presidential race and politics in general.
“I’m so done with “talk”, I can’t help but get a sick feeling in my stomach when I hear debates like these and think to myself, would Christ be proud of their actions?”, says Peggy of Romulus.
D. Smith of Sterling Heights admits religious beliefs will play a large role in November and it’s not just the religious affiliation with the candidates taking center stage that matters. “My family is of the Mormon faith but I’m not but I can’t help but feel obligated especially when my family talks politics, but I feel we need to move this country in a direction that our children won’t suffer for mistakes we made, I just feel even with Romney being from Michigan and all he hasn’t said enough and Obama’s promises haven’t been fulfilled.”
After recent debates many Christians and non were left un-impressed and the regurgitated rhetoric was lost in rude interruptions and embarrassing behavior.
Abby J, a Christian from Novi has an issue with President Obama and Governor Romney surrounding religion. “I watched it and tried to be positive, I know Romney has a Mormon background and it was front news with the media, Obama rarely talks about his form of religion and that bothers me.”
“Governor Romney was so rude, always interrupting if what you have to say is important than you have to give your opponent time to say it and not cut in, says Tony Edwards of Detroit. “It was like watching two kids fight and the Vice-President Biden was a cartoon character.”
Since the debates, the gap in the Presidential race has closed significantly and for the first time becoming a “close one” for the Obama team with Romney trailing by single percentages.
Issues keep many Christian/Believers on the front lines of politics and the very issues that separate the two candidates are being talked about in tight Christian circles. A solution to an in-effective immigration system, making borders safer, a crippled education network, social security concerns, revitalizing a vanishing middle class, affordable healthcare, creating a competent job market, and education are among a few issues Christians are sounding off about.
“The Bible says that we should love our neighbors as our selves and clothe the naked and feed the hungry, we need a President that understands it’s important to do that but does that come at the cost of having our own go without”, said Minister Kim Morgan.
Morgan goes on to say, “This generations success is contingent on Godly authority and we have to make our voice and position well known.”
Christians from Antioch, Macedonia and Achaia gave financial aid to many foreigners during the New Testament to Christians in Judaea and Jerusalem and other lands. It was common practice to come to the aid of those in need, however, the giving would not incur greater debt for the giver.
“Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea.” Acts 11:29.
Both candidates are sure to re-tweak speeches and strategies for the next debate, President Obama may connect to the viewing audience and brush up on eye contact and maybe Governor Romney will exercise manners and not rudely interrupt everyone.
The next Presidential debate is a “town meeting” set for Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Citizens who are undecided will ask questions on foreign and domestic issues, CNN’s Candy Crowley will be moderator.