I was driving home last week and watched two teenagers riding motorcycles on the freeway at excessive speeds, zig-zagging around cars and lane splitting. One of the drivers had a young girl, presumably a girlfriend, on the seat behind him.
As I followed behind them for several miles all I could think about was their safety, and then my mind shifted to the passenger on the back of the bike. That young lady was someone’s daughter, and I found myself wondering if her parents knew how dangerous these kids were as they took on the city streets. As they sped out of sight, I was left with a sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach. I prayed for their safety. I prayed for better wisdom as they were responsible for not only their lives but others around them.
We Need To Pray For The United States
This morning I have a similar feeling in the pit of my stomach as my Facebook feed screams with the latest on the candidates for our upcoming elections.
I have tried to remain silent in the public arena regarding the upcoming election. I have tried not to be part of the hate spewed on social media and communities over who is voting for whom. But now I realize if I remain silent then I am contributing to the problem by not voicing my thoughts and concerns as election day approaches.
Watching the debates, the news media and reading commentaries on our two candidates has consumed a lot of my time; time I should be spending writing encouraging posts and reaching out to help others.
But the latest news of Donald Trump’s recorded conversation in 2005 has stirred something in me to break the silence and share my heart.
I will be honest, I have been tired of Trump’s antics for awhile now. His lying, lack of respect and promotion of hate for fellow Americans, his inability to answer a question without blaming someone else for the situation and his constant deceit has shown me my vote could never go to him.
And now after listening to his conversation of pursuing women I find myself seriously worried for our country. My first thoughts were much like the ones I had when I saw the young lady on the back of the motorcycle. This is someone’s daughter he is recklessly preying on, and he goes on to proudly boast that using his ‘star power’ can get him whatever he wants with no repercussions.
This election is a chaotic time, and I honestly don’t think Hilary is any better at representing our country. The lack of accountability and inability to fulfill her security obligations as secretary of state, leave me questioning how she could ever be trusted with the safety of our country. Neither of the two candidates actions supports the values I have tried to instill in my children and grandchildren.
We have worked hard to raise our kids to believe there is good in the world, and we speak of hope for a better tomorrow.
We Need To Care About The Presidential Election
In November we will have an opportunity to show them the importance of voting for a candidate that best represents these values. In my humble opinion, if we vote for either of these candidates, we are promoting more hate and condoning criminal behavior. Is this the message we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren?
How can we raise our children to be respectful and responsible individuals and then turn around and support someone who negates everything we’ve have instilled in them?
There has never been a more critical time to realize we are not limited to the political party we have so long supported. We the American people have a chance to send a message and break tradition, and we do not have to settle for the lesser of two evils.
On Election Day
When the November ballots go out, there will be more than two names listed for President. It is our duty and responsibility to research all the candidates on the ballot and vote for someone whose record shows the importance of promoting unity and peace and not division and hate. Someone who can make our country strong, restore values and work at ensuring the safety and security of its people.
And so, much like my prayer for the motorcycle riders, I pray for our safety as Americans. I pray for better wisdom as we head to the polls and I want to remind every voter we are responsible for not only our lives but the lives of others around us.