Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Call to Consider Getting Involved

When I was in the seminary, a few of us were sitting around having a nice chat about politics.  One of my classmates (thanks Tyler) let it be known that he had just donated some money to a politician he really believed strongly in who was in the midst of a campaign.  I remember being really surprised and impressed by that because it had never crossed my mind to donate to a political campaign.  Thanks to my classmate's inspiration, I started reflecting on it, and last year made my first donation to a political campaign.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized that if I find a candidate whom I really believe in, it seems to me that the right thing to do would be to support he/she in some way and do what I can to help them get elected.  I remember in 2008 political commentators from all across the political spectrum noted that President Obama's fundraising had a lot to do with his success, and that his fundraising victory was due in large part to lots of people chipping in whatever they could, even if it was 10 or 20 dollars.  I was reading today where in 2008, President Obama raised 3/4 of a billion dollars!  That is an amazing feat! 

Anyway, I hope people will think about it, pray about it, and talk about it, and consider looking for a candidate to support not just with a vote but with financial backing as well so that those who are on the fence might be reached with the same message that has inspired you. 

Passing around articles about important issues on Facebook is good.  Bumper stickers are good.  Talking to people about important issues is good.  Perhaps it is time to consider taking that next step and actually putting some financial resources behind a candidate as well.

May God watch over and guide the United States of America.