Voting in Oregon

Oregon is a great place to live in many ways. There are also a couple of frustrations with living in Oregon- particularly in a Presidential Election year. First, we vote by mail in Oregon – which just irritates me! I remember fondly having to wait till the day of the election, showing up at a voting station, showing ID and actually filling our a ballot. Inconvenient? Yes. Yet there was something about the inconvenience that made me appreciate the freedom I had to participate in the election. Second, by the time many of us voted here on the West Coast, some news outlets were already predicting victories. Since we are three hours behind the nerve center of TV land – New York City – we sometimes were treated as an afterthought. Finally, living in Oregon with a whopping 7 (yes, seven) electoral college votes means that, well, we don’t really matter all that much (yes, most states in the West share that same sense of ‘does it really matter?’)

I will vote! I will mail in my ballot because I am privileged to live in the United States where voting does matter. I will vote my conscience and I will vote for candidates that will support life – from beginning to end, candidates who will uphold the constitution as written and will make efforts to remind the judicial branch that their role is not to create law or find rights, and candidates who will work towards maintaining a healthy economy and a healthy environment for conversation and the free exchange of ideas.


I Watched!

I watched last night’s Town Hall Debate between Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In light of recent revelations about both of them, I was interested in listening to their explanations and answers.

Unfortunately specifics were hard to hear – because neither candidate seemed to offer much beyond what they repeat numerous times a week in their ‘stump’ speeches. Of course asking a question regarding how to change Obama Care might require more than 120 seconds – unless soundbites are all that one is hoping to hear!

I came away saddened and disappointed. Saddened because political discourse is no longer about ideas but rather about personality and character. Disappointed because instead of hearing clear differences between alternative futures I heard nothing to bolster any confidence about the future of the American representative form of government,


Spiritual Warfare

On Wednesday evenings during our Adult Bible Study and Prayer meeting we are studying Ephesians 6:10-20. Here are some additional verses to memorize as we grow in our understanding of the spiritual war raging round us:

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8)
The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 6:23)
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Rom. 8:1)
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Rom. 8:32)
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteous- ness of God. (2 Cor. 5:21)
You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. (2 Cor. 8:9)
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. (1 Tim. 1:15)
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. (Rev. 5:9)