Jimmy Carter vs. Gerald Ford was one of the first presidential elections I could legally vote in back in 1976. (I know, you weren’t even born …) Carter, an unknown candidate at that time, rose to win the election, mainly due to media attention. Others, like JFK, used the first televised debates to make Nixon look nervous, but it was Carter that rode a wave of media frenzy, making “a simple peanut farmer from Georgia” into a President.
That media frenzy now has a name. It is called pop-culture. Pop (popular) culture has always been with us, but is stronger now in shaping and molding opinion in our society. New technology has even led the way for it to become the very fabric of our lives.
I know you all know that.
So why am I writing this?
I want to question why you vote for a candidate.
I also want to encourage you to rise above voting for a man or woman based solely on pop-culture standards.
What do you think?
Do Christ followers sometimes just throw their hands up in confusion and vote for the popular pick?
Is voting for someone based on choosing the lesser of two evils?
Oh, yeah. As a young voter way back in 1976 I got caught up with the Carter wave and voted for him. And Robin cancelled my vote with a vote for Ford. J
Come on, let’s discuss.