Pray for civility, peace and order in coming weeks

To the editor:

Like a snow ball rolling down hill, picking up speed and picking debris, so every four years we have to either get in involved in the rumbling, tumbling ball of politics or get knocked out of the way and ignored altogether. I have chosen this method of getting involved.

We’re almost a month away from the end of what has become a very tempestuous election year. I’m not sure what your stand is on the two primary individuals running but I know this much: If one chooses candidate “A” or candidate “B” solely on the basis of one or two areas of interest without considering the character of the person, you have eliminated one of the chief characteristics of the person who will the hold the highest office in the land. In the movie “The American President” Michael Douglas lays in on the line when he says that running for this high office is “all about character.” I believe that is still so today.

We have two candidates who top the list of candidates. One had (and one would argue still has) no political or governing experience though one could argue that running a large corporation is a form of governing. The other candidate, though having considerable experience in government, is often chided as too old to be in touch with the American people. I would argue that the same could be said for the other as well.

Now were getting down to where we can see the tape at the end of race track. So the arguments are getting more personal and bitter. I would like to believe that the Word of God would reign supreme in this sin-infested world. Would it be too much to ask? I suppose it is. However, we need to be reminded, including the candidates themselves (oh, that they would read the following) who might think their soon-to-be elected position comes from the electorate. In reality it does not. It comes from God, to whom one must ultimately give an account. Of the numerous Bible passages that we all need to be reminded of, this one stands out for me: “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted and those that do so will bring judgment on themselves.” Romans 13: vs. 1-2

In these remaining weeks let us pray for civility, peace and good order between our candidates and among us as citizens of this wonderful land.

Kenneth Rahn

New Ulm


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