Into the Fray
by Susan Schrier Clouse aka Preacher Girl. November 3, 2019
One year from now, on November 3, 2020, Americans will elect the next president, the entire House of Representatives, one-third of the Senate, eleven state governors and thousands of state congressional leaders, county commissioners, city councilmen and school board members. How will you decide who to vote for?
I would like to challenge you, my friends, to think long and hard about these choices. Both Democrats and Republicans talk about values and the Constitution but when they do they mean very different things. What do they mean to you?
America is at a tipping point. Two recent surveys reveal trends that greatly concern me, one about faith in God and another about our government. About one-third of Americans, mostly those under 40, reject religion (primarily Christianity). In the second survey, about the same number and age group, think socialism is a good political system. Either of these trends weakens America. In combination they are an existential threat to liberty – mine, yours and the generations that will follow us.
Do you want to continue to live in a free society? Do you want less government interference in your life and the lives of your children? If so, over this next year, before you vote, you have some homework to do.
Think long and hard about what values and principles guide your life. Where do you draw them from? Culture? Family? Faith? What is important to you? Who decides what is right or wrong? What are our responsibilities are to each other? The moral foundations of our society have their roots in Christianity. Explore the teachings of Jesus for yourself. Pray about it.
Think long and hard about the form of government you want to live under. Many countries are considered democracies, but don’t have the freedoms Americans do. Even China and Russia hold elections. Read and reflect on the US Constitution, its Amendments and its all important Bill of Rights. Does it matter that America is a constitutional republic rather than a democracy? Where have we strayed from the Constitution? Are there changes would you like to see?
Do your homework! Then, next November you will be ready to vote for politicians who represent you. Remember, these folks are elected to serve you, not the other way around!
Over the next year, this Preacher Girl will be at it again writing every week or so to help you think about the America you want to live in now and bequeath to future generations. As the Preamble to the US Constitution says:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
How valuable are the blessings of liberty to you? What are you willing to do to protect them?