Canadians are off to the polls, and the circus has begun. Our election was called on March 26, and voting will take place on May 2. Meanwhile, our friends to the south are beginning coverage of their 2012 election. Six weeks of substance-less debates and mutual character smearing is all that I can handle. God bless all my American friends!
The same question is raised whenever a personal scandal is unveiled. Do we have the right to judge the private lives of public leaders? I say, yes we do. Ideally, the role of government service is to seek and promote justice, peace, and the well-being of all citizens. Leadership is a position of trust. If you are not trustworthy in your private dealings, how can I believe that you will be trustworthy while holding the purse-strings and making decisions for the nation? Should I not expect a higher accountability, a certain moral standard of my leaders?
What about the accountability of our religious leaders? What about the accountability of all who call themselves Christian? What about my own accountability?
Mahatma Gandhi seriously explored Christianity and considered converting in his early years. Unfortunately, when he tried to attend a church service in South Africa he was turned away with a racial slur. His respect for Jesus and his teachings continued all his life. His respect for Christians needed to be earned. His famous line was
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
These are challenging words as we continue to journey through Lent. How well do my actions stand up to the faith that I profess? How accountable am I?