Tomorrow, Americans will be flocking to the polls to decide their President for the next four years. When the election concludes, there will be a great deal of discussion about the blessings of democracy, our grand political tradition, and the precious freedoms Americans have—all of which we should be thankful for.
Hand in hand with those blessings come hazards, though they aren’t likely to be discussed much, since questioning any aspect of a democracy, while living in one, is itself considered undemocratic. This is a shame because a democracy’s health and strength rests precisely upon its ability to self-reflect.
Christianity’s relationship toward democracy has always been complex, and sometimes fearful, because certain democracies have been anything but Christian. The most notorious example is the French Revolution, where “the sovereign people,” or at least those claiming to represent them, went on wild rampages, slaughtering opponents and destroying religious freedom, even as they preached about liberty and the sacred rights of man.