Choices for Good
by Trish Overby
I believe you would agree that two significant events took place this January. The first was the storming of the US capitol in Washington D.C. It wasn’t just a mere protest or expression of freedom of speech. It was orchestrated to cause harm to people, destruction of property, and chaos to the meetings in both the Senate and the House. It created fear and dread to all working in the building and that somewhat continues today. These actions were all based on a lie: that the election was a fraud. This continued to be the reason the group believed they had a right to break into the building -- even after no evidence of fraud and many re-counts in most states that clarified that the votes were all cast as finalized, with Mr. Biden winning.
Then two weeks later the inauguration of Mr. Biden took place on a sunny afternoon in front of the Capitol building. This ceremony happens with each new president but this one was perhaps more significant because of what had happened two weeks earlier. The building was damaged but had been repaired, the inaugural setting was organized to respect the office of highest honor in the United States. Democracy was upheld because that is what makes America unique—the people of the U.S. vote for the candidate of choice.
Having a choice
During the inauguration, I was reminded of the preamble of the Constitution: “We the people….” Those who felt their duty as citizens voted for the candidate of their choice. The winning candidate was sworn in as President -- and within hours he had made great changes to bring order back into our country. The election fraud lies (the cause of the chaos at the Capitol building and five deaths) were chosen by its perpetrators to be believed even after no evidence was shown. They chose to continue to bring about Trump’s rightful place as President-elect. They chose to use force.
“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” John Lydgate
The choices we make in life do have consequences – whether for evil or good. That is what ‘free will’ is all about. God gave us free will to choose to love him and live our lives the way he wanted us to OR to force our will on others to do our bidding. The former is full of respect and well-being for the other person and the latter is destructive and crushing of the person.
We all have a responsibility to one another in the choices we make. Our choices today can help us make the country we want – one of respect, honesty and love. For me that is what is expressed in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…. Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Let’s help one another to make this a country like that together.