Two weeks ago, my family and I went to see the Disney movie “Cinderella”. On her deathbed, Cinderella’s mother told her daughter to live her life with kindness and courage. While Cinderella had a difficult time of it living with her stepmother and stepsisters after her father died, she nonetheless served them with a kind, servant’s heart. Moreover, she faced some harrowing situations with courage and confidence, never wavering from her mother’s last instructions to her.
If you are a regular reader of my posts, you know that I write about life, politics and Christianity – and, I have flirted the notion of running for office at some point due to my deep desire to serve the public. Over the last two years, I have met with over 130 different people regarding my entry into politics. Those with ties to the local political establishment have given me zero chance at winning any office mainly because I have not “volunteered” for the local GOP.
Our country is changing – politically and culturally – and the battle lines have been drawn between the conservatives, progressives, Christians, atheists, prolife, pro abortion, etc. I could go on and on. Battle lines have even been drawn between those that should be on the same side, such as the GOP and the Tea Party. What is lacking, for the most part between these adversaries, is that no one is kind toward their perceived enemies when voicing their opinion. Furthermore, some of the sides seem to have given up for fear of retaliation in the press, fear of being ridiculed on social media, or fear from threats of ruin from their opposition.
I have prayed and thought long and hard about writing in generalities about my political conversations, specifically what I learned about the process and what it takes to run for office here in Lancaster County. While some may say that hiding behind blog posts is not courageous, my contention is that putting my thoughts in writing is courageous because once I click the button “post”, my words will be free to be dissected by anyone and at anytime, now and in the future.
Running for office, serving the public, serving in churches or just being a Christian now-a-days takes two things: being kind to others and having the courage to stand for your principles and not your interests. This series will talk about both. I invite you on this journey beginning next Thursday and each Thursday thereafter.
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