If you would’ve told me a year ago that I would be writing a political post, I would’ve said there’s a greater chance of me breaking into a rousing rendition of “Rocky Top.”
Ain’t no telephone bills on Rocky Top, and ain’t no way am I singing that.
(Just a few more months Vol friends, and we will all hear it approximately 8,245 times per game).
But here I am writing one. And let me be clear, I am not expecting or trying to change any opinions or minds. So if you are aboard the Trump or Clinton train (which I have many dear family and friends who are), I’ll say this as nicely as I can, but please don’t take this as me begging to hear why I should vote for him/her. I’ve likely already read your thoughts or scrolled past your memes. Daily.
I’m just writing this so it’s not a five-paragraph post on Facebook. Because ain’t nobody wanna scroll when reading a status.
Let’s pretend to fast forward a few years.
(I’m glad this is a metaphor, because TIME, SLOW DOWN).
My precious son, Luke, is playing on the playground at school (if my husband was writing this, he’d add that he was pitching left-handed and striking kids out). He is constantly surrounded by two bullies. Other children see them, and many choose align with one. However, some don’t necessarily approve, but accept it because the other bully is worse in their eyes. They feel justified.
Luke has two choices (again, just go with me here):
1. Choose one of the bullies to befriend. Throw insults toward the other group. It would be almost easier.
2. Go against both crowds and join the group that refuses to participate in damaging others’ reputation or your own.
You guys already know which one I hope he would choose.
And I’ve already made my choice.
Now, I know that’s an oversimplification of the election season. Yet, as I look at my snoozing boy on my chest right now, I have a responsibility to him so when he does encounter these situations, I can advise him without a guilty conscience as to who-and what-my vote endorsed.
Because while my little ole vote may not make a bit of difference in the election, it does make an eternal one.
Now, before you jump down me for that, of course we are not responsible for other people’s actions. However, this decision for all of us is not made in hindsight. Both of the leading candidates have stated what they would do. For just one example of each: One openly supports war crimes (purposefully killing women and children), one openly supports abortions (purposefully killing babies).
We can’t say we didn’t know.
And I just don’t want that on my hands.
Every night, in between my sweet husband drying him off from his bath and putting him in pajamas and him curling up in his crib as he dozes off, I rock Luke. Sometime I sing a lullaby, sometimes I just make the shushing sound, and sometimes I just rock with the white noise machine in the background.
But every time I say a silent prayer for him and us as parents.
I pray he comes to know Jesus as His personal Lord and Savior.
I pray that his Daddy and me are always lights pointing to Him in our words and actions.
Even in the voting booth when nobody else is watching but me.
(For the record, I will go vote on Election Day because too many have fought for my right. Unless one has a radical change of heart, I’ll be writing someone in. The leading candidate right now is Chip Gaines. Or maybe Joanna.).