Highlight – Conclusion of Series on Political Pilgrimage

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me

The Old Fool enjoyed this venture into political history. He is testing whether or not we may be honest and still respected and loved. 

The Old Fool has admired such democratic presidents as Roosevelt, Truman, Carter, Kennedy, Clinton and Obama. He also admired Dwight D. Eisenhourer who was a Republican president.  The Old Fool did not support their wars. He is disturbed by the way these men resisted evil with evil. It was their domestic policies that attracted him to the Democratic Party.

Now he ponders about today and thinks beyond.   The Old Fool believes that evil  should be resisted in  the Jesus way. He believes that enemies can be turned into friends.  At this very time the world should begin to bless, pray for, and do good to the victims of their victories. 

It is true that The Old Fool expects to cast his vote for a second term for President Obama.  However, if it were possible he would like to be a member of the Green Party and vote for its candidates.  If the Green Party is new to you, here is a link which should take you to a video of an interview  by Bill Moyers with candidates Jane Stein, for president, and Cheri honkalla, for vice president.  

Other options are promoted by earnest followers of Jesus.  One option is to  gather with fellow Christians of various political persuasions to share in a communion service.  They do this to declare that their first allegiance is to Jesus.  Others are urging fellow believers to boycott the election as a protest of the partisanship in our political system.        




About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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2 Responses to Highlight – Conclusion of Series on Political Pilgrimage

  1. Miriam Showalter says:

    As I walked to school this morning (Saturday work is often needed), I met people canvassing for Gov. Romney. I thanked them for their volunteering and they were surprised to learn that I planned to vote for Pres. Obama. I assured them that I would keep an open mind and continue to do research right up to the casting of my vote. It’s true: I believe my research is at this point quite adequate, but I also believe such interactions — and the way in which you describe your plans, OF — have a greater impact on the long term well being of a country and its citizens than the votes themselves.

    Thank you, for your writings and for your overall impact on my life.

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