There is a precept that when paraphrased, runs pretty closely along these lines: “To him or her to whom much is entrusted, much is required.” Insofar as this is true in the present hour of our national test of character here in The United States of America today—for we the citizens—I will dare to state what should be obvious by now in the early afternoon of Tuesday, November 8, 2016 (just in case none of your other friends, family or acquaintances happen to mention it). As I write these words, we are about halfway through Presidential Election Day. At the end of this process—hopefully not a drawn out affair as has been the case in other elections—our votes and our discourse about those votes, and our subsequent behavior in light of them will declare to each other and to the rest of the world what kind of a people we have become.
Will we continue to be as those who grope about as in a dim, tangled, deeply-pit-pocked forest, devoid of light and absent of faithful and good leaders to give us guidance? Lost in Darkness, running headlong into the seductive, powerful pull of evil? Or will we turn toward the Light and become the powerful force for good that the One who made us and loves us so deeply yearns for us to be? There is precious little time left for each of us to drive our stake in the ground and not stray from it; to calmly but firmly assert that to go against conscience is neither safe nor right; that here, you/I/we stand; and that we can do no other.
Please, I implore you: Search your heart for what is pure, right, good, and pleasing to the maker and overseer of your soul. And then, do whatever it takes to get to your polling place before it closes, and exercise that cherished right for which my father and so many other fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts, grandmothers, grandfathers, brothers, sisters and on down the line have fought, bled, and sometimes died. I am praying that I will feel the full weight of the import of this election, and that you will too. Not to do so, and not to act on how important it is that we think wisely and then act decisively when completing our ballots, is to curse our children, and their children, and their children… (yes, I believe this is that serious)…
…for generations to come.
And in searching your heart and exercising your right to turn your most deeply held convictions into our future governance, may the Lord of all time, space, people and places bless you with His presence, His Truth, His Peace, and His Salvation.