It's getting down to the wire, the eleventh hour as it were. I have faith and I try to trust and I try very hard to resist the temptation to fret, or even to despair. We are just days away from the election and it is very hard to think about anything else. Will God have mercy on us and spare our nation from a man who purports to do great and mighty things to advance the Culture of Death? Will He hear the cries and pleas of His people and accept the countless acts of prayer and sacrifice being offered for the cause of life? Is it enough? I think of Abraham asking God again and again if He will spare the city of Sodom if enough righteous men are found dwelling there (Genesis 19). Will He spare us? Will we continue on the journey to reverse the damage of Roe and begin to heal our land? I have long tried to believe that He will indeed save us - He is kind and merciful and we must trust in His everlasting goodness. I have said over and over that He will do something to turn this thing around.
Or will He not? Because Scripture tells us that God hates lukewarmness (Revelation 3). If standing by and doing nothing while 48 million innocent children are slaughtered isn't lukewarm then I don't know what is. As our priest said in one of his excellent sermons on the election, people act as though their economic prosperity is the most important issue in this electon, even in all of life. They are like those mentioned in Philipians 3 - their god is their stomach and they live contrary to the cross of Christ. Can God have mercy on a people who vote according to favorable economic promises rather than to protect the lives of millions of innocents?
These are the questions that swirl through my head, and I try to get them to rest, I try to find peace. But it isn't easy. So many good preists and bishops have been clarifying the issue over and over again, correcting errant politicians who have attempted to muddle things up, but it really is a nobrainer as Fr. Corapi so clearly explains (hat tip of gratitude to Suzanne's moving post). Yet I am startled by how many people are confused and ignorant and swayed by the facade. Just last week a Catholic collegue of Michael's revealed he planned to sit out the election but he would vote if McCain was pro-life. We got that one cleared up. The next day someone sent me information about a Catholic group supporting Obama and explaining how he really is prolife. That one sent me through the roof. The next day we received an email from a fellow church member exhorting people to refrain from voting, calling the election 'a sham' and our government 'the two party axis of evil'. I was then horrified to visit the sites of third party candidates who are still begging for votes for themselves, in essence encouraging people to be sure their vote doesn't count instead of trying with all their might to defeat Obama.
I find all of this simply incredible and I wonder how long people are going to go on listening to the thrumming, swayed by the smooth words and sweeet smell and swooning from the heady rush of it all. No, abortion is not the only issue in this election. It is clearly the most important issue, the issue which our priests and bishops have told us over and over again towers above all others, the issue on which Obama's own words and voting record are absolutely chilling. But yes, there are indeed many other issues. So many of his ideas are disturbing such as government run health care, loss of educational freedom, drafting women, a new civilian national security force to name but a few. Then we have all the other red flags like ACORN and Ayers and Alinsky and Wright and campaign finace and the list goes on and on.
But it is his utter contempt for human life, for the common man, for the truly Christian man who clings to his God, for our Constitution, for our very country that makes me so sad that our nation is so blindly trying to elect this man to its highest office.
The throngs of people following Obama because he promises to make their lives better with change is just amazing to me. So few people actually know anything of his true political ideology intended to take us down the road to socialism or worse, and the lack of an objective or investigative media concerning this man is appalling. I am not lulled by his smooth words and frankly I find the sweet smelling smoke rather sickening. And so I wait, fasting and praying and hoping like so many others. Every day I read of more families' sacrifices (like this and this and this and this) and I beg Him to graciously hear us. I look at my children sleeping on the floor every night, cold and uncomfortable without their pillows, and I plead with my Lord and my God. I stand in front of the clinic and weep and I plead for our nation of wretchedness. I wait for a brave marsh-wiggle to stamp in the fire and I wait for the enchantment to end. I wait for my beloved country to clear its head and its heart and soul and open its eyes and remember the mission we are here for.
Jesus, I trust in You!