by Rachel Gould
(Editor’s Note: This was obviously written one day last week and just took a little while to make it on to the blog. We didn’t want you thinking we were confused about the dates of any elections. Enjoy!)
With Election Day nearly upon us, Freed-Hardeman students, like many people around the nation, have been discussing issues, platforms, and candidates. Joining in these discussions were Dr. Greg Massy and Dr. Steven Morris who hosted their own debate here on campus.
Prior to the debate, students submitted questions for the two professors to discuss. Coming from differing political parties and differing ideas on the role of government, the two men sparred on topics ranging from the American Revolution to a Christian’s duty in regards to politics. Dr. Morris argued Christians have a duty to be aware of the issues and to show leadership through voting while Dr. Massey suggested that one vote does not carry much weight on the national level and is not as important, therefore, as voting at the local level.
Although the professors differ in opinions and on approaches to politics, both encouraged students to be aware of the issues surrounding them. For students, the debate provided both the opportunity for and the example of open discussion about important issues in way that still showed respect for opposing sides.