I can't help it. It's funny. And I'm not on Facebook so I can post this cartoon here and not worry too much about excessive social drama. I hear it's been a bit rough for some of you there. This is reason #34 why I blog. I think that blogs were created for introverts with thin skins who have a lot on their minds. But for those of you who like a little spice in your social networking lives and have a Facebook account... this is perfect. Post away! I would if I could. :)
I read a blog post recently in which the author reminded us that we should not be afraid about the election and that fear is not trusting the Lord to carry us through the good and the ugly. In other words, even if the country collapses morally and economically, God's got our back and it's going to be okay so we should just settle down a bit.
She's completely right, of course.
I also believe that trusting in the Lord and actively fighting against injustice are not mutually exclusive. There's fruitless and wasteful "worry"... and then there's serious concern, as in, bearing the burden of God's suffering people. I do not think that it fruitless if it compels us to action and prayer. I do not believe that trusting the Lord means we need to be emotionally distant from everything... because I do not believe that God is emotionally distant from us. He laughed, he wept, he became righteously angry. I don't know that he "worried" but he certainly expressed concern for people, spoke hard truths, shed blood for us so that we might know what it means to love and be loved. Forever. There is a time to speak out in a way that might make others uncomfortable. There is a time to embrace that prophetic role and be willing to be have others think and speak ill of us. Perhaps it is the least we can do in the light of the Cross.
Perhaps the key in politics is to have less anxiety about ourselves and a bit more about the well being of others and the honor of God. If we love with the heart of Christ, we will expect and embrace suffering... and work tirelessly to alleviate the afflictions of others. We will be less inclined to vote out of fear for what we might personally lose and more inclined to vote for what is objectively righteous.
It certainly is going to be okay. In the meantime, there's a lot of work to be done in His name. A lot of injustice to fight. A lot of suffering to alleviate. A lot of truths spoken, mouths to feed, and elections to be decided.
I hear from the pollsters that about half the Catholics in this country still intend to vote for the pro-abortion, anti-family, anti-religious freedom, socialist-leaning incumbent. That's, uh, concerning. By all means, pray, trust, and don't worry. But speaking up with frequency and with energy would be a nice addition to the basic plan. At the very least, for the sake of those innocents who have no voice.