The Bridge that Unites Us even in the Voting Booth

Election Day, November 8, check.

Polling place, Meridale Fire Department, check.

Hours, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., check.

Honestly take time to pray, check.  I don’t want to neglect my right to vote and I don’t want to vote out of frustration or fear, but I do want to participate in a fair and united activity. My prayers therefore consolidate the ideas of a wise and honest government full of good-will toward all people.

It helps to read articles such as “Bridging the River of ‘Otherness’” written by Jeremy Carper in the Christian Science Sentinel. Here is an excerpt from Carper’s writings:

“This prayer is spoken of in First Timothy: ‘I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty’ (2:1, 2). This prayer rises above political partisanship: Notice that First Timothy doesn’t say to pray only for the political leaders with whom we are in agreement! We are to pray ‘for all that are in authority.’ Does this imply, then, a passive citizenry that puts up with corruption or undemocratic practices in government? I don’t think so. Our prayers might lead us to take various steps to improve or change ways of doing something, and we might become more active citizens—voting, writing letters to our elected leaders urging a position, or even running for office ourselves. We might acknowledge that we are in opposition to a government and are activists for change, but this exhortation keeps us from petty partisanship, personal attacks on those whose views we oppose, and negative politics.”


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