C.S. Lewis makes a great point concerning the Devil: he always sends errors into the world in pairs and opposites. Being human as we are, we immediately identify which of the two evils we think is the worst and identify with the opposite. This allows us to feel superior and part of a team, but that opposite is still evil and will lead us into sin. Our task is to keep to the path of Christian love and navigate our way between the two evils.
This challenge is often at its height during election season. We are so focused on what we see as the sins and evils of one side, that we slip into the evils of the other. I can’t help but believe this is exactly the Devil’s plan. Remember that the Devil is smarter than us all, and it is only though wisdom, not clever arguments, that he can defeated.
This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t vote for either side, choosing to sit on a fence that may not bear the weight. Rather, I think we should be ever mindful not to applaud blindly at every thing one side says simply because we hate the other. Both sides must be called out and challenged when they fail to live up to the ideals of our Christian faith.
“He (the devil) always sends errors into the world in pairs–pairs of opposites…He relies on your extra dislike of one to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let us be fooled. We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors. We have no other concern than that with either of them.” ~ C.S. Lewis