Lately we’ve been bombarded by political ads, campaign phone calls, mailings and candidate flyers. Part of me is glad the elections are here just so the annoying ads will end.
Recently I was greeted by a group of young professionals who introduced me to the local politician who was running for state representative.
Now let me first say that I am not into politics, normally I would take whatever literature they were throwing at me and keep moving. But as I was standing there (in the rain), I thought of a conversation I had with my mom just days before.
A friend of my mom’s had asked to put a campaign sign on her front lawn. My mom’s immediate question was, “Is she pro-life?”
The response was hostile. “For goodness sake! She is just running for Town Council.”
My mom, responded with a smile, “I know, I’m a radical.”
But the sign didn’t go up.
Flash back to my meeting with Mr. Local politician, I ask, “Are you pro-life?”
I stood there for a good 30 seconds (and believe me 30 seconds was a loooooooong time) before Mr. Local Politician thought of his answer. Finally he said, “Well, I personally am.”
Me: “Great! Would you vote pro-life if a matter came up?”
Mr. Local: “I’m just running on the local level. It doesn’t matter.”
Me: “But if it ever came up, would you vote pro-life?”
ML:: (pause) “No.”
And with a smile, I politely handed him back his flyer and walked away.
Being pro-life matters to me.
Maybe they think I’m dumb because the question of abortion doesn’t come up in planning and zoning meetings, but in reality local politicians sometimes move up to the next level where the question of abortion does come up. If I’m supporting a politician on any level, he or she better be pro-life.
I got into my car and said a prayer for Mr. Local Politician. Maybe in those 30 seconds of silence the Holy Spirit planted the seed. Maybe he’ll think about what is important … and change his mind.
Today we go to the polls to vote for our new president. Let us join together in prayer for our nation:
O God our Creator, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ. Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome—for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us—this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
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