Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Phillippians 4:8 (NRSV)
The election campaigns heat up as November 13th draws near and it is difficult to remember the admonition of Phillippians 4:8. Too many ads and too much rhetoric crowd the airways and most people are ready for it to be over now. I don’t listen too much although I pay attention and research topics of interest in the different races. Mostly I pray, centering myself again and again in the peaceful place where Spirit resides.
However the elections turn out, our challenges will remain. I wonder how many people are thinking beyond the polarizing issues and divisive posturing. We can do our best to elect people we believe to be of integrity, ready and willing to make personal sacrifices for the service of leadership and yet, much of what impacts our lives depends on choices we make.
We choose what we believe about ourselves and our potential to be a force for good in the world. We choose how we utilize energy and resources; how we share what we have; how we educate and support our youth. Too many people do not do the good they could and too many people are not recognized for the good they do.
By all means vote! Consider the options and make a choice. Then remember that there are more choices to make: choices that create the culture and quality of our communities, our state and our nation. Choose wisely because the world depends on you.