I started writing this blog just before the second debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney. Wherever you turned, the pundits were talking about what Obama needed to do to win this debate after the great “debacle in Denver.” One writer said, “Every turn of his head, every extra blink of his eye will be subject to withering scrutiny.” Oh give me a break! Do you realize what that says about our culture? It says that looks matter more than substance and image matters more than reality. We have become a nation of illusion and equivocation designed to supplant the importance of truth and clarity. The Proverbs warn that a “malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit; though his speech is charming, do not believe him” (26:24, 25). I am not saying that either candidate is malicious, but both produce charming speech that can be misleading. Most polls have the candidates neck and neck and the argument rages whether Romney’s gains are due to a bounce from his strong first debate performance, which may recede, or whether they reflect a fundamental change in relative positions. I suppose this would make more sense if you had two men with the same political platforms and you were trying to make up your mind as to who you liked better or trusted more. However, how can this be the case when the candidates offer a completely different view of America? An article in the British magazine The Economist said that “The gulf that separates the policies of the two candidates and their parties seems wider than in any election in living memory.” How can it be that anyone would remain unconvinced as to who they are voting for this late in the game? We are in dangerous waters when the future of our country is based upon the outcome of a debate which is scored by such issues as the turn of the head or the blink of an eye. I am finishing this blog after watching the second “town brawl” debate where these two alpha males went at again. I really don’t care which one was more aggressive or looked more presidential or appealed to the sensitivities of women or men. What I do care about is who will lead this country in the paths of justice and righteousness for all (including the generations to come), and whose moral and economic policies are more in line with the values of God’s Kingdom. I believe that God will either give us a President we need or a President we deserve. He will either give us mercy or judgment. Your vote counts, so make sure it is based upon substance not style.