By: Andrew Lovgren
For many Americans, election season means the disruption of political ads, disappointing politicians and fruitless, uninformed debates with friends and family.
There can be more to it. (At least a bit)
As college students encounter newfound world awareness, they too often become either discouraged and stop caring or overzealous, shutting out anything that contradicts their stance.
The result is an unenergetic campus, devoid of any political passion. As a student pursuing higher learning, this should bother you. As a Christian, this should bother you.
Politics is a frustrating business, filled with self-serving individuals and corruption. In a fallen world, what isn’t? All the more reason or Christian college students to get involved early and often, learning about the issues and making their voice heard, both locally and nationally.
It’s no easy task. The intricacies of the social issues, let alone the economic and
diplomatic topics, make it difficult to voice an opinion, especially with the backdrop of faith.
Instead of falling prey to the doldrums of apathy and ignorance, here are some
things that may help spark a passion for change, one that stretches across party lines.
Get Involved in Campus Discussions
Whether in class, at a campus event or around the dorm, talk about the issues. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better place to learn and grow in where you stand.
If the chance arises, go hear a candidate speak. Instead of taking what they say at face value, analyze their rhetoric and actually think about what they’re saying.
Watch/Read the News
It’s painful at times, especially when watching right-leaning Fox News or left-leaning MSNBC, but it’s important to keep up with what’s happening, not just the latest scandals.
Every news source has a bias of some sort, but some do it better than others. The BBC and NPR are two of the more reliable, palpable sources, but perhaps it’s as easy as following several news sources on Twitter to help keep informed from all sides.
Register to Vote
It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s worthless. Well, not entirely. While your vote may not change the world, registering to vote allows you to take part of the process.
Even if it doesn’t sound appealing now, there are deadlines approaching (each
differs by state) and if Election Day comes and you decide you want to take part, better to be prepared.
Above All Else: Keep an Open Mind
It’s easy to chose your beliefs and stick to them, but it creates a series of flimsy
stances that limit change. The more multiple sides re discussed and considered, the stronger your convictions become.
Whether you’re in the business of politics or not, being informed and learning
about the issues is a crucial part of a college experience. One that far too many are overlooking.
How do you stay informed? What role should college students take in an election season?