The polarizing rhetoric surrounding this presidential election has dominated the last eighteen months of American life, through primaries, debates, advertising, and the narrowing of the field of candidates. While most youth are not yet of voting age, they remain undeniably affected by the outcome of this election and are watching closely to see who will be the next President of the United States. Many Christians are as polarized as the rest of the electorate, claiming moral high ground in defense of their chosen issues or candidates. While this election is unique in some ways (the first woman at the top of the ticket is running against a celebrity business mogul), it remains much like many other election seasons—anxiety-producing, fear-driven, and frustrating.
United States citizens appear divided on every issue—military, refugees, immigration, welfare, taxes, ISIS, abortion, the Supreme Court, the Second Amendment, policing, gender, sexuality, economics, marriage, and others. As Christians living in a democratic society, many of whom are empowered with the right to vote, how do we navigate life in the public square? What guides our decisions and rhetoric? What anxieties and fears are exposed in our public communal life? How can we follow Jesus together while holding strong and divergent positions?