The last few months have been some of the busiest months of some of our lives. For many, that’s due to the election. For others, school, family, and other duties have been stacking up. As the election gets closer, many of us find ourselves nervous and anxious about who will be our elected president on Wednesday, November 7.
For me, I have had to answer my vocation as a student and put my studies first after my faith. At the same time I feel I am not doing enough in this election and am terrified at the thought of Barack Obama being elected president again, I suddenly remember something key: faith comes first and foremost. I am Catholic and will be until the day I die. No matter who sits in the White House or other elected positions, my hope and faith will always be in God.
That is not easy for me to to say because I am one who is very interested and active in politics, especially those which impact the Church and the dignity of human life where men and women are impeded from finding true happiness in God. At the end of the day we must remember that we cannot put false hope in anyone who is not God.
While we absolutely need to step beyond prayer and faithfully vote our conscience and actively take measures to stand for those fundamental issues of religions liberty, life and the other non negotiables, remember our faith is our first conviction.
A couple days ago after my Biblical Hermeneutics class at JP Catholic with Dr. Michael Barber, he asked me, “Timmerie, are you nervous about the election?” Much to my own surprise I reflected and said, “No.” Then I went on to share that despite how scary this election is, because mark my words this may be the most important presidential election we will face in our lifetime, I had faith and was in many ways grateful for President Obama.
Don’t freak out! I am grateful to him for one reason, and that is because he has forced so many of us to actively stand united for truth and goodness and he has pushed us to have faith in God. My faith and what I stand for at this point in my life has been set into action by the current administration’s policies which have destroyed life, marriage, and religious liberty among many other things.
Now, as we anxiously vote, pray, and wait over the next few days, I encourage all of us to reflect on what truly matters. On Wednesday, will we rejoice and be done or will we despair and give up? Either way, I believe some may quit on Wednesday. Will you?
Yesterday I received a phone call from the Diocese of San Diego asking me to be on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. (listen online PST) post election show to discuss the results of the 2012 election. All of a sudden it dawned on me that this battle is almost over, but the war still continues no matter what. Even if we lose this battle on Tuesday, always remember that the war has already been won. All we have to do is look to the sacrifice of the cross and remember the Resurrection.
Jesus said, "Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me." John 14:1
For the Dignity of the Born and Unborn,
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Catholic Answers Voter Guide
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