I try to pretend like the world isn’t going crazy around us. I would love to just stick my head in the sand and be blissfully ignorant to the upcoming election. Most people that know me, would not be surprised to hear that I am not a super political person. Political issues are intimidating. When people start to discuss politics, I feel extremely incompetent and unnerved. I want to build a wall around my house and keep my family securely protected within. And l want to live in a happy bubble where everyone is treated fairly and respected. I want everyone to have their needs met. I want every child to be safe and secure and loved. That is what I want.
However, this is what I know. There is no big happy bubble. Life isn’t fair. And sadly we live in a world where respect is not a given. People are more concerned with how things will affect them, rather than if it is right. And heartbreakingly, every child is not safe and secure in this big scary world that we live in. In fact they aren’t even safe and secure in their mother’s wombs. I am worried about what the future will bring for my children. We are right now, at a point where here, in AMERICA, we are having our religious freedoms stripped away from us, little by little. We are living in a world where the Little Sisters of the Poor are facing a $70,000,000 fine if they do not comply with the “Contraceptive Mandate.” This is in direct violation to their Catholic faith. These women have dedicated their lives to their faith and serving the elderly with dignity and kindness. So yes, please let’s just bankrupt them for not agreeing to provide coverage of sterilization and abortion causing devices as well as contraception. Clearly that will show the little nuns. (sarcasm there, in case you didn’t catch it)
Here is the thing. It seems to me that it would be obvious that if you have made the decision to work for an organization that is run by Catholic nuns, you would do so knowing that the business would be run according to the beliefs of the Catholic church. If you are not Catholic and choose to use birth control, that is up to you. ( Although, I beg you to please look into Natural Family Planning and the Couple to Couple league.) You have two options. 1) Don’t work there or 2) get these things through the affordable care act, through the government and leave the Sisters out of it. Why should an organization, that is and has always been staunchly prolife and against birth control, be forced to go directly against their beliefs??? And to make it even more messed up, there are major companies (ie Pepsi, Exxon and the US military) that are exempt from complying with this very mandate, you know, for financial reasons. Seriously!?!?! I just shake my head.
So, now what? I honestly don’t know. But I know that I will be praying. I will be begging God to protect our religious freedom. I will be asking God to watch over the Little Sisters, who are courageously standing up for their beliefs. I will be praying for the upcoming presidential election. I will continue to ask God to guide us as we choose the next president. I am going to be honest when I say, I am kind of sick to the stomach about this election. I can’t, for the life of me, see how any of the options are going to be good. But that is where faith comes in. We need to ask for God’s protection and trust that no matter what the outcome, He will remain in our presence.