When you hear the term faith-based, you might think of organizations that are religious as opposed to government-run or secular groups. I’m not talking about decisions that are religious in nature, but those that require a leap of faith in general.
Carolyn Myss in her book, Anatomy Of Spirit says that when you make a fear based decision, you can pretty accurately estimate where you’ll end up, but when you make a faith based decision you find yourself in places that you never dreamed possible.
For example, if you stay in a job that you hate out of fear of losing benefits, having to switch your 401K plan or moving to a new city, it’s easy to figure out where you’ll be 6 months from now. By staying in your comfort zone, you can basically predict your future.
Taking a chance on a new job in a new town means that you have no idea where you’ll end up. Unless you’re a soothsayer or sage, there’s no way to predict what will happen to you and it’s the not knowing that is frightening. But the beauty of this approach is that you also have the potential to end up in places you never even dreamed possible.
During this election, we’ve spent a lot of time being encouraged to make a fear based choice. We’ve been told to fear Obama because he “pals around with terrorists” or is a “socialist” or is “anti-American”. He’s “too risky”, “too radical” and “lacks experience” to be our next President. Over and over again we’ve been asked to stick with what we know and literally fear what we don’t know.
It’s not a bad way to vote. It’s secure and predictable because we already know what happens when an elderly, conservative, republican, male gets into power. We have a lot of problems to solve in this country, so I can understand why voters would want to play it safe this November.
But a faith-based choice, entrenched in optimism and hopefulness can lead us to people, places, things and situations outside of our radar. Taking a chance and leaving our comfort zone could create realities we’ve never even fantasized about.
I think a lot of people voted out of fear in 2004 and as we’ve seen, it didn’t make our lives or our country better. So this election day I’m taking a chance on the young guy with the new ideas and the funny name and the mixed-race background. I have no idea where we’ll end up but I’m cool with that because I fear staying stagnent a hell of a lot more than any future unknowns.