Look beyond the realm of religions and denominations
In recent debates between tea party-endorsed Senate candidates and their Democratic opponents, faith has emerged as a campaign issue.
Calling himself "a pro-life Christian" in opening remarks, Kentucky candidate Rand Paul said, "I'm disheartened that my opponent has chosen to attack my religious beliefs," referring to Jack Conway's campaign ad that questioned Paul's beliefs on the bible, faith-based initiatives and 'Aqua Buddha.' (For more on 'Aqua Buddha' click here.)
In the Delaware debate between Senate candidates, Christine O'Donnell said, "I would argue there are more people who support my Catholic faith than his Marxist beliefs," alluding to a column written by Chris Coons two decades ago which he characterizes as 'a joke.'
With polls showing that voters rank the economy as a top issue, why are the faith lives of candidates up for debate?
Though apparently the economy may be the major election issue and may ultimately be decisive in the final count, it is only manifestation of the main issue, which is, and possibly always has been, principally religious in nature since the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth. This issue, in the popular heart and mind, is associated with religious conviction and may not necessarily have the endorsement of houses of worship.
Even with a cursory look at the problems faced by the nation and solutions offered, division based on religious convictions will show up. That is why the religious beliefs of candidates frequently come up for scrutiny and claims that "my belief is right" while the "opponent's faith is misguided".
Instead of any consideration to which religion or denomination a candidate belongs, electorate should look for leaders who would provide selfless service, be pure at heart, endeavor faithfully to serve the welfare of the world without any intention of personal profit or selfish desire, be guided by compassion in all their work, conquer their senses and passions, be full of spiritual wisdom, etc.
Ancient scripture Bhagavad Gita appropriately tells us: God is present in every act of service... do your work with the welfare of others always in mind... do not be ruled by the senses.
Mundaka Upanishad points out, "Knowledge is twofold, higher and lower." Go for the 'higher knowledge' beyond the realm of religions and denominations.
Posted by: babuforfriends | October 23, 2010 10:46 AM
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