Campaign season…

July 11, 2019

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

With Donald Trump kicking off his campaign for president and the numerous Democrats having their first debates the campaign for the presidency of the United States has begun. For the next year and a half we are going to be inundated with debates, negative advertisements, and fund raising. I think it is safe to say that more time, effort and money will be spent on political campaigning than ever in history. Every other commercial on television will be political, and negative. It is common knowledge that cutting down your opponent will get more votes than presenting your platform. Along with the race for the presidency, the country will elect all of the members of the House of Representatives and a third of the members of the Senate.

As voters we have an awesome responsibility to learn all that we can about candidates and issues so that we can make the best choices. At the same time, it is important that we keep in mind that our allegiance doesn’t belong to any politician or political party, but to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In November of 2020 the voters will choose a person to shepherd our country, but let us not forget that, “The Lord is my shepherd.”

As we enter in the campaign season, it is very important that we continue to read the Scriptures, pray, attend mass and other church services, and make use of the sacraments. Not too many campaign seasons ago, I found myself getting overly stressed with political matters and lost sight that ultimately, for me, God is in charge. While the country spends millions and millions to compete for earthly power, eventually the world will lose and God will have his way.

As we begin this campaign season, I pray that you will not get so caught up in all the hype that you forget that for us as Christians, our peace, joy, security, and abundance come from Jesus Christ who is our ultimate shepherd. I hope that you will maintain good relationships and not let them be destroyed by political ideas. No political ideology is worth losing the unity, love, and friendships we so enjoy. Keeping Jesus as our goal we can weather any storm.

“May the Lord bless and keep you. May He let his face shine upon you and give you His peace.”

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