“Who are you voting for, mama?” This is a question that the Sweetkids like to ask every November. In this house, we care about politics. And, although I’m not going to tell you who, let me tell you why.
Because, I am firm believer in the process.
Because, I believe that all people in this country are entitled to a say.
Because, I’m an eternal optimist.
Because, “I Voted” stickers!
The only way to triumph over the injustices you see happening in the world is to do something about it. For some of us, one of the most powerful things we can do about it, is to vote about it.
So, in this house, we do.
Ahab loves to engage in political discussery. (The word shall stand!) His passion for political issues trickled right on down to me. Passion was never more prominently displayed than when Ahab had A Word about an issue.
The man had, and has, ‘a word’ often.
About many an issue.
Recently, he sent me one of those “forward” emails about where the words “right” and “left” came from. A friend had forwarded it to him. He found it worthy of passing on to me. (And that is how those abominable forward emails persist.)
Ecclesiastes 10:2 was provided as food for thought, in this one.
“A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right,
but a fool’s heart to the left.“
I reminded Ahab, in a non-fireworks kind of way, I assure you, that anytime one of those “forward” emails are sent, I trash them.
“WHY?!? Why would you do that without even looking at them,” he asked.
Let me tell you why.
Because, although he and I will discuss an initial idea into the ground, most people read one of those blasted things and make all sorts of assumptions. Without any further verification or research.
Yes, the verse says that Right does good and Left goes wrong. Yes, it’s Biblical. Yes, I believe the Bible is True.
That’s where my agreement with the original writer of the email ends.
Immediately after reading it, I went on a search to find out what the original Biblical text meant by the words ‘left’ and ‘right’ (because, although Solomon was wise, he didn’t invent the political two-party system). I found something interesting. The original intent of the word “right”, in the context of this passage of scripture has to do with dexterity. Dexterity!
To be clear, what Matthew Henry noted in his commentary (and I love me some Matthew Henry! If it was good enough for Charles Spurgeon, it’s good enough for me.) was the mindfulness with which a wise person goes about the task at hand. Back in King Solomon’s time (the writer of Ecclesiastes), most folks used their right hand to accomplish an end with mastery and skill. Lefties, I’m sorry. This implies that the left-handed were wayward in their abilities.
Forgive them Father, they did not know.
I’m married to a lefty. He is brilliant. #notbiased Handedness doesn’t decide who is wise.
How in the sam hill does any of this connect with voting?
I’m not blindly following along with what’s e
mailed handed to me. I’m not listening to the attack ads, reading the propaganda, jumping on a bandwagon. The Creator endowed me with a mind.
I choose to use it, as I explore what it means to love God and people with every bit of it.
So, let me tell you why you should vote.
Taking the time to delve into the issues, that will indeed affect us all at some point, is wise.
Casting your ballot, whether to the right or the left, or somewhere in the green, honors the God who gives authority to governments.
Showing up to vote, models an interest in your community and the laws and leaders that affect them.
You, my friend, were created with a mind. Use it.