I would exhort you to be brave enough to be true to what you know is right and wrong (that some of you don’t seem to know the difference is troubling). When November comes, I intend to vote my conscience. I hope it has been trained to discern right from wrong. I intend to vote for the person who, in the face of pressure from special interest groups (be they national or international), the press and the pollsters, holds firmly to his or her beliefs.
To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled (Titus 1:15).
If you messed up in the past, come clean about it! No one is perfect or has a pristine record so don’t try to justify yourself. I intend to cast my vote for the person who is honest enough to, in the face of contrary evidence, admit his or her mistakes.
It may well be that there are enough ethical Americans to respect that kind of openness, honesty and courage and put such a brave man or woman into high office.
James Freeman Clarke (1810 – 1888) US minister, theologian, author. “Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.”
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So…what have we learned about Sarah Palin?
Well, we have learned that she is ambitious, brave, tough, crafty, stubborn and very human. She has adjusted her stand when she understood that certain positions were politically unwise and counterproductive (right moves for the wrong reasons?). She makes some statements about what is God’s will based on her dispensationalist, pentecostal, right-wing evangelical mindset. She has made statements that are not accurate or particularly truthful. In other words, she is a politician with all the positives and negatives.
My conclusion (which, I confess could change prior to the election) is that she is just like the others in this race. So, our choices are narrowed down to two sets of questionable candidates. Good grief! What will I do on election day? At the moment, I am going to write in Ron Paul. Yes, I’m going to throw away my vote to make a statement.
Here is my prayer: Dear God, send us someone with integrity who is honest to the bone and will put the good of our nation above personal, special or party interests. Amen.