In the previous issue, Mark Noll, a distinguished church historian, indicated his intention to sit out the upcoming presidential election because no candidate or national party reflects his sense of the pressing issues of the day (None of the above, September 21). Noll identifies seven issues which he regards as paramount: race, respect for life, taxes, trade, medicine, religious freedom and international law. He believes that Christian faith leads him to have convictions on those issues, and I agree, though I don’t share his position on all of them.
In any case, it’s his conclusion not to vote that I find most provocative. To not vote? To decline to participate in what many observers think is one of the most important political choices in decades?