Why not continue with politico-economic themes for this week? To be Anglican is simply to be Christian. To be Christian is to follow Christ in this world. (There are no Christians in heaven ... think about it!). The future of this world is something Christians should care about, as stewards of God's gift of creation and as neighbours of, well, everyone, for no one is excluded from the scope of God's care and concern. So the current global crisis is, or should be of vital interest to each and every Christian.
If then we turn our attention to the looming American election, then our special interest in that as citizens of the world will be on the crisis that election represents for the global economy. The fate of America is not neutral for the rest of the world, and especially not for NZ, a nation whose fortunes rest directly on those of its trading partners. (Ditto, by the way, for China, for Europe, for Australia). In this perspective there is only one issue at stake in the American election, despite blather about immigration laws, gay marriage, Obamacare, foreign policy, etc. That issue is the size of the American deficit, now running into trillions. The more it grows, the more funds are required to pay interest on it, let alone repay the principal. The more funds sucked up in repayments, the less available to purchase goods and services. The future of, say, Obamacare, or foreign policy as something able to be enforced through military power, are at stake. Spiralling debt equals minimal Obamacare and shrinking military budgets. The desperation of people for jobs in the USA is best met by control of the debt.
So, what is on offer in the election? My distillation of a lot of reading is this. Obama offers very little by way of controlling the growth of the debt, and that little is a long way off. Romney offers a little more than Obama by way of controlling the growth of the debt, and that little bit of control kicks in earlier than Obama's approach. Neither offers anything like a robust programme for stemming the incoming tide of debt which threatens to overwhelm the USA and thus the rest of us.
No doubt when America voters go into the polling booths various reasons will drive the decisions they make. But they should focus on the one issue as vastly more important than other issues, and vote for the person they believe will do more to solve the problem. By a sliver Romney should be voted for.