MUSINGS FROM MIKE
“The Least You Can Do”
Are you ready for it to be over yet? The ads on TV and web pop-ups. The endless screaming headlines in the mailers filling my home box. The endless debate about who is doing what, when, and where.
The election, are you ready for it to be over? Me too.
I hope that you will do the least that you can do on November 6th by showing up to vote. That is the least that you owe the nation’s founders, so many who fought over the years for the right to vote, and for your neighbors who are depending on you to do your part. It is the least you can do.
But can I also say that I hope you will do more?
- That you might take five minutes and look up a candidate’s web site to see what they believe and what they want to do?
- That you take some time to evaluate the character of the person. Character matters. Why? Because things will happen during the person’s term in office that nobody can predict and the person elected will have to deal with it. Nobody voting in the 2000 election saw September 11th coming.
- That you get beyond the desire to have your candidate agree with you about EVERYTHING? Think of the relationships that matter most in your life. Do you agree about everything? Why would you expect that in your political leaders?
- And as John Wesley said to his followers long ago, ‘Will you not think less of those who vote differently from you?’
Now you might be wondering what all this has to do with being a follower of Jesus and that’s fair.
How about this – voting is part of being the neighbor your neighbors need and when you vote you are saying to yourself, your leaders, and your neighbors; ‘I am in this with you.’ The same way Jesus says that to you and me every day through the power of his Spirit.
So in Jesus Spirit I just want to invite you to show up, engage, and go vote.