Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 492

For the grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of the great God and of our savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people as his own, eager to do what is good.

Voting day is a kind of judgment day. Each one is critically important; each one challenges us with ethical and moral decisions; but only the simple-minded would think the choice is obvious. During this particular election cycle, Mrs. Clinton is pro-choice and pro-gay marriage and Mr. Trump is remarkably incompetent. Both arouse strong feelings of revulsion in the electorate and yet we must choose.

Some religious leaders have taken strong stands about their preferred candidate and made equally violent denunciations against those who disagree. They seem to have eaten more than one bite of that Forbidden Fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, more than is good for a human being. They’ve become a bit deranged. Having sampled of that tree myself, I have compassion for their pain but cannot agree with them.
When the Lord chose to live among us he recognized there are many sides to every moral decision, and unforeseen consequences to every choice. Every decision is irrevocable and yet none is made with perfect clarity. While we do have some insight about our moral choices – our progenitors did manage to steal a single meal off that Forbidden Tree – we cannot rely solely upon that crude instinct. We must also ask for wisdom, courage, patience and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
But even then, honest people will disagree. The Holy Spirit will advise one person to vote this way, and another to vote that way. Or so it seems. As my Baptist friend used to say, “God is still in charge.”
So hold your nose and vote.
In the meanwhile, we must “live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope.” If we are truly guided by the Spirit of God we can be assured this will not be the last Judgment Day, there are many yet to come.

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