Who’s the lesser?  That’s what I want to know in order that I may determine who I ought to vote for this November.  I’m going to do a few political posts these next few days, which I know makes some folks uncomfortable, but humor me, I was a political science major.

Here’s the first one:

I read an article this morning in the Washington Post about Jonathan Merritt, son of James Merritt (a So Baptist pastor and former SBC president).  Little Merritt made big news a few months ago when he helped launched a So Baptist response to climate issues, which called So Baptists to be better stewards of the earth.  Check it out, it’s a pretty decent document on the subject.

Some So Baptists were really excited about it.  Frank Page who was president at the time of the SBC even signed the document.  Other So Baptists freaked out and called it liberal heresy.  A few accepted Merritt’s call to stewardship, but still felt it was politicized to much to endorse it with a signature.

Merritt’s in the news again, this time as an ambivalent voter.  He expresses his confusion to the WaPo:

For Merritt, the decision comes down to combining the values his father taught him and those he has discovered along the way. The more he talks about McCain and Obama, the clearer it becomes that he is dissatisfied with both. In a freelance column published recently, he wrote: “If Democrats begin championing the sanctity of human life and traditional marriage, they may capture some of the powerful Christian voting bloc; if Republicans can develop an aggressive platform on issues like poverty and the environment, they can reverse the erosion of their evangelical base.”

Read the whole article.  If you’re a young evangelical like me you’ll relate to a fair bit of what is expressed.  If we are dealing with the lesser of two evils here (not to judge) then how do we determine where our vote should go?  That’s what I’m thinking through right now along with a hosts of other folks who are more conservative leaning, but are very unhappy with the candidate the GOP produced.


Conserving valuable natural resources is something Christians are called to (Gen 1:26-30) and it’s an opportunity for us to connect with some folks in our culture (HT: SWPL).

With that said, many of us can be much more conservative when it comes to paper usage…particularly toilet paper usage.  Here’s how (HT: treehugger).  Be sure to check out the original link for the full diagrams!  😉

My roommate and I had a discussion along these lines last week and we concluded that folding paper is more conservative than balling too.  Feel free to share your (tasteful) input.