It has been a long – long – election season. It will soon be over, as citizens head to the polls on Tuesday to cast their votes. The 1951 Looney Tunes cartoon Ballot Box Bunny is eerily similar to this election season. The cartoon may help us explore the impact of the election season and think about leadership.
- Whatever party or candidate you identify with, why do you identify with that party/candidate?
- What similarities did you see in the cartoon to the current political climate?
- What issues are you most concerned about that have not been addressed?
- Bugs Bunny enters the race because he is concerned with Yosemite Sam’s policies regarding rabbits. What are ways you can act on your concerns? How are you or can you use your voice?
- When Bugs says “I speak softly, and carry a big stick,” he’s quoting U. S. President Teddy Roosevelt. What do you think about that statement? What does it say about leadership?
- Read Romans 3:15-16. What leadership qualities do you read in these verses?
- Bugs and Sam spend so much time fighting with each other, that they miss the election, that they both lose. What are the implications for politicians, the church, and/or our own lives?
- What would be another way for this cartoon to end?
It is easy to laugh at Yosemite Sam and Bugs Bunny as they try to out-do each other. It is another thing when candidates for President act like cartoon characters. The question of leadership qualities in a President (or Mayor or Senator) are valid and should be taken seriously. As people of faith, the leader we have chosen to follow is Someone who put others first and calls us to serve with a servant’s heart, just as he did.
If anything, Yosemite Sam and Bugs Bunny (not to mention the current political climate) remind us that we have all fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3) and are sinners in need of an amazing grace. Does that change how we see or relate to politicians?
Whoever becomes the next President, some will no doubt be upset. And even if your candidate wins, there will still be plenty of things to complain about. Instead of complaining, I urge you to consider what concerns lie beyond your complaints and consider what you can do to get involved. How can you be a voice for those concerns and issues you feel are not getting attention? How can you get involved?
Lord, only you know what Election Day holds. May your Holy Spirit guide us as we pray for our leaders, no matter their political party. Guide us to use our voice for the issues that matter, the deep concerns you have placed on our hearts. May we be the leaders you have called us to be. Amen.