If they could be like him, then I’d be feeling better about casting my vote in a couple of weeks. If President Obama and Governor Romney would spend a day with him, they would learn a lot about life, about truth, and about how to walk humbly through this world with their God. If they knew him—really took the time to stop, look, and listen to this man—then they would better understand the human condition.
They would know that governing the United States is a privilege, not a right. They would understand that no one person deserves to hold so much power.
They would humbly and gently make their declarations, realizing that no one person has all the answers.
They would find their knees every day, knowing their limitations and reaching out in prayer to the One and Only God whose boundaries are limitless.
They wouldn’t be afraid to touch the unlovely. Instead they would reach their arms into the mangled mess called humanity to offer hope, to extend courage, to present faith, and to bestow love.
They would worry less about their clothing and, instead, relinquish their threads to the naked, the exposed, and to those who cry out for the covering of mercy.
They would stop taking our money and, instead, buy us dinner on occasion.
They would value life instead of taking it. They would give up their own lives so that the one entombed in the womb might have the chance to live and breathe and make his/her own pilgrimage of grace.
They would stop lying and start confessing, knowing that what has been done in the dark has not been done in secret.
They would stop patting themselves on the back. Instead, they would lend their backs to the broken road and carry the bricks and mortar of restoration.
They would easily forgive, because they have been forgiven much.
They would speak less and listen more.
They would laugh more and smirk less.
They would sit on the porch swing instead of sitting at fundraisers.
They would create make-believe stories with good endings instead of creating real stories with bad endings.
They would ask deeper questions and be content to live with some mystery.
They would make each day count, each encounter significant, instead of planning for the next four years.
They wouldn’t hide behind the Oval Office. They would run to the front lines to protect my freedom.
They would give, give, and then give some more, because they would realize that all they’ve ever had was never really theirs to begin with.
They would work late, play less, pray more, and God-bless.
Yes, if they could be like him, then I would feel better about casting my vote in a couple of weeks. If his name were on the ballot, then I would feel safe and secure when pulling the lever. Instead, I feel sad, disabled, and removed from the process. I’m no longer confident that my voice will be heard and that my vote will be tabulated. The corrosive nature of what we’ve become . . . what we’ve allowed, saddens my spirit and has me longing for a season from my yesterdays.
A time when the greatest fears I held were based on the imaginary, mysterious creatures lurking underneath my bed. A time when the greatest peace I felt was when my daddy came through the door, checked under the bed, and prayed my fears away.
No, I don’t suppose Mitt and Barack will ever have an occasion to spend some time with my dad, but if they could, I have no doubt they’d walk away from that encounter wanting to be more like him. I know I do.
Chuck Killian for President! Now there’s a man deserving of my vote. Somehow, just thinking about him today brings peace to my soul.
I love you, Daddy, and for the record, I’ll take a ride on the porch swing with you any day over a state dinner at the White House. You’re the real deal. I trust your heart, and no matter the results of the upcoming election, I will always feel safe with you in my life.