In September Maryland held its democratic primary in preparation for the upcoming mid-term national elections in November. My son’s elementary school was a polling site so he had the day off. It was a busy day for me, and I remember trying to figure out who was going to watch my son and daughter while I went to the polls. Then it occurred to me to bring them with me. I realized that this was a teachable moment. It was a chance for me to talk with my children not only about democracy, but also what our faith tells us about being faithful and responsible citizens.
Jesus was constantly challenging the power structures of His day. His message of love is not only for the marginalized and suffering, but also for those who have the power to make a difference in the structural causes of injustice. One way we can do that in the United States is by participating in the electoral process. We have the ability to make our voices heard, and we are called by Jesus’ example to share that message of love even at the polls.
As the political rhetoric begins to heighten in the coming weeks approaching the national mid-term elections, I invite you to consider this as an opportunity to explore what this election means through the lens of your faith and encourage you to think of going to the polls as an act of love.