Absalom, King David’s son, has been kept outside his father’s political circle, and over the course of several years, he awaits an opportunity to stage a political coup. Like any excellent politician, he establishes a rapport with the public primarily by lamenting the state of the current justice system and listening to their civil disputes.
How do you feel about the state of our current justice/correctional system? How does your feeling affect the way you hear politicians and the way you vote? Is simply wanting change a good motivation for selecting leaders? Why or why not?
Often candidates–especially conservative candidates–appeal to Christians for support. How do you evaluate whether a candidate should receive your support? What issues most influence your vote? In this election year, the issue of “law and order” and our justice system will likely be a part of the political discourse. Before you support any candidate, find out their stands on issues like mandatory sentences, privatization of state prisons, deportation of immigrants and continuation of the “War on Drugs” to see if they align with God’s desire for justice, mercy and reconciliation.