'Voting and Supporting’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking…

On this third day of the week, Tuesday, we have the privilege and responsibility of casting our vote for a number of candidates seeking a variety of positions of leadership.  It is an important day that we call the ‘Mid-Term’ elections.  It is important for the state of Georgia because we will elect a new Governor (that is unless we have a run-off).  Some of us will be glad and others of us will not.  That is how the democratic process works.  We all get our voice and vote.  When the results are in we move forward as a people of this great state of Georgia and of this great country of the United States of America.
It concerns me how divisive the conversations around the political process have become.  The emails, Facebook posts, Twitter, radio talk shows, Cable News and television commentators in general, seem to always have a spin that they feel compelled to spin.  And while I’m a believer in the freedom of the press and the freedom of speech in this great land, I am bothered by those who, at times, seem to abuse these freedoms by pouncing upon people’s fears and upon the uncertainty of the future.  What concerns me is that more people these days seem to let others do their thinking for them rather than think for themselves.  So the spin is spun and it becomes the gospel of the unthinkable.
Here’s what I’m going to do.  I voted early exercising my right, privilege and responsibility.  I’m ready to support either candidate who becomes Governor.  I will pray for our Governor and am willing to follow with my prayers and support.  I am going to do this because I believe that is what Americans, Georgians and Christians do.  I know now that I will not agree with every decision any Governor makes but I will not be a ‘fair weather’ supporter, I will still support the Governor of this great state.  I believe these candidates have the best at heart for Georgia.  Therefore, I will have the best at heart for our new Governor.
For too long, we have bought into the demagoguery of others seeking out those who only speak in agreement with our way of thinking.  We then join the bandwagon of demonizing those who see things a bit differently.  As people of God the time has come for us to do better than this and to follow the lead of the writer of 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”(KJV)  This is what I will do.  I hope you’ll join me.

 Always Thinking…


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