This morning while most of us were still in bed, my 73-year-old mother was driving to a local church where she will work at a voting booth from 6AM until 10 or 11PM this evening. On Thursday she will mentor public school children at a Bible Club and on Sunday she will hold church for seniors in two different nursing homes. She’s so full of love and good works that I can barely keep up with her! And I’m proud of the wonderful example she is to my children, her grandchildren.
My mother’s determination to help at the polls today made me think about the epitaph on my dad’s grave–“For God and Family and Country.” Dad was a skinny 17 year old teenager when he enlisted in the army at the end of World War II. He firmly planted his feet on German soil to fight for our freedom and, because the war ended shortly after he enlisted, he spent most of his army days helping mop up from the terrible destruction in Germany. He also took part in helping separated families find one another again after the war. He later enlisted as a soldier in the Korean War and came home to start his family. The cross captured his heart and eventually he evangelized inner city children and teenagers, leading 1000’s to Jesus.
It’s tempting to drag our feet as we go to vote today. It doesn’t take a lot of intelligence to find something wrong with our country. So many things have gone wrong that we can internalize despair instead of hope, anger instead of national pride.
I’d like to propose a happy thought! As we go to the voting polls today, let’s remember that we are part of a loooooooong line of American patriots who believe in God, family, and country. As Christians who honor the cross of Jesus, we are not a small sprinkle of salt in this nation, we’re the whole “melting pot” of stew that got us here in the first place!
Most of all, let’s remember that if God is for us then we are not some small minority struggling against the tide of wickedness. We are the MAJORITY!!! For if God is for us, who can be against us? And as you show your I.D., remember that your true identity began at the cross and today your presence at the polls represents your love for God, family, and country.