Election night is looming. In the meantime, the democratic process is on full display. It is a process that is heralded as the premiere process in the world. Yet as our process is told through the lens of the media, many are left with concerns about the status of society by what those media headlines reveal. The subject of that concern is dependent upon the individual person, however, I find myself dwelling on the long-term impact of democracy.
It seems that the greatest focus of individuals is what they can get out of the democratic process. Even one’s choice of candidate is often dependent upon what a person expects to receive from that candidate. Promises are made and stances on issues are declared as each person searches for the candidate that will best represent what he or she ‘wants.’
I can’t help but notice how with each election cycle, the bitterness and divide becomes greater. It is a divide that is fueled by the self-focus and it seems this focus is driven to greater fulfillment by our democratic process.
This is not an assault on the democratic process. I am a huge supporter of the process that has existed within the confines set forth by the founding fathers and founding documents of our nation. However, like any man-made creation (including processes and methods) it can quickly fail when it is not tempered with a right influence of Scripture.
I have found cause to pause and consider this more upon coming across the following quote by Alexis de Tocqeville:
Nothing is more repugnant to the human mind, in an age of equality, than the idea of subjection forms. Democracy diverts the imagination from all that is external to man, and fixes it on man alone. Each citizen is habitually engaged in the contemplation of a very puny object, namely, himself.
Perhaps we need to take a closer look at all that we are a part of and all that we engage in and ensure that it is not viewed through the lens of the media, but through the lens of Scripture.