Be the Change!

Dear Friends,
 
“I voted. Did you? #bethechange”
 
This is the status I put on my facebook page today to join in with hundreds of others who are posting about voting.
 
Change is, of course, inevitable – for better or for worse. This midterm election is an opportunity for citizens to stand up, step forward, take action, and “be the change” they want to see, or to make the changes happen that they’d like to see made happen. It is powerful and important responsibility we have as citizens to contribute towards making our nation all the better for ourselves and generations that come after us.
 
This idea has been around awhile. It was the famous Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi who long ago coined this phrase and idea. In 1913 he wrote,
 
“We but mirror the world. All tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”
 
Here, Gandhi is telling us that personal and social transformation go hand in hand. That, one person, alone, cannot change anything, but that unjust authorities can be overturned only by great numbers of people working together with discipline and persistence. A timely reminder as we vote to make a difference today.
 
As we do cast our votes, do not check your faith in God at the door. It is an equally important and powerful responsibility that we have, not only as citizens of our nation, but as people of faith, to contribute towards electing those who demonstrate the faith and teachings of Jesus, in whom we place our hope, trust, and salvation.
 
Be informed. Be wise. Be faithful. Be the change.
 
Peace,
Pr. Dale