How shall The Old Fool vote?

The Old Fool is preparing to go vote.  What shall he wear?  Where is the polling place?  For whom shall he vote?  But he is pondering a more important question.  On whose behalf shall he vote?

Shall The Old Fool vote for himself and his own interests?  No!  He will vote on behalf of those who have no vote. He will vote on behalf of and for the welfare of all those who are too young to vote, too old to vote, don’t know how to vote, too poor to vote.  He will vote on behalf of and for the welfare of all who don’t belong, and those who do belong but who have been disenfranchised though no fault of their own.  He will vote on behalf of the people of Africa, South and Central America, Asia, Europe, and the islands of the sea. He will vote on behalf of the warring peoples of the earth.  For all who weep.

The Old Fool will not vote because he is a christian by faith, white by birth, or speaks and reads English as his native language.  He will vote because he is a citizen of the United States.  Every one of any party if elected will take an oath to be faithful to and uphold the constitution.  Its preamble reads:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The Old Fool wants the preamble to be taken seriously by all who take the oath of office. He will later propose how to defend the nation without hurting any one.  Now the nation resists its enemies with inferior and distructive weapons.  There are weapons available that do no harm and will overcome evil with good.

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 How shall The Old Fool vote?

  1. Gerri Lehman says:

    Martin, I voted the way I thought Jesus would have voted. That may be the same thing.

    • Very nearly the same thing, Gerri, but I was trying to communicate that for me voting is not a religious function. It belongs instead to the duty and privilege of a citizen. Although one’s moral values certainly are a factor in everything we do. But I see America as a big place where religions ought not be competing for power. The result isn’t good when that is done, according to my observation

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