As a Deacon at my church I have had the privilege to be involved with
a limited assisted retirement center in my town. I teach a Bible study
class on Monday nights, and on Sunday afternoons I give a sermon in
their activities room. I have been having probably 20% of the residents
come to hear my studies and sermons in the last 3 years. I also offer
one on one counseling when needed. I guess you can say I have gotten to
know more then a few of the residents at WindChime.
In the three years since I have been serving the Lord there, I
have heard many different opinions when it comes to the political
leanings of the residents. I would be lying if I failed to admit my
consternation with some of them, as to their political leanings.
I am proud to say that probably 70% of the ladies I deal with
are, like me, loyal conservative republicans. Of the other 30%, I would
guess they are democrats with a few independents, and one or two who do
not vote and probably never have.
To make my point for which I am writing this, and I do have a
point, I will deal specifically with the ladies who lean democrat and
I have often seen the way their eyes light up when Hillary
Clinton’s name is mentioned. I have also noticed how they would avert
their eyes, and lower their head just slightly, whenever I would compare
modern day politicians like Hillary to bad behavior in the Bible. It
was almost the same reaction I would get when I mentioned either George
Bush or John McCain’s name.
In the past year I have overheard quite a few conversations
about the elections. They were noticeably energetic with a certain
twinkle in their eyes when Hillary was expected to be the democrat
nominee earlier in the year. Then when it looked like she was in a fight
for it with Obama, they spoke less and less about the process.
When it became inevitable that Obama would be the democrat
nominee for President, they began speaking about the process again. This
time however, I started hearing them talk of not wanting to vote for
the first time in their lives.
Then one Monday evening before our Bible Study started, I had an
interesting talk with one lady I knew to be a Hillary supporter. She
looked at me and asked,
“Do you think Obama will pick Hillary as his running mate?”
I thought about the best way to answer her question, then I put my hand on hers, and as soothingly as I could, I told her,
“I do not believe Hillary would accept it in my opinion. I think Hillary and Bill want to be in control again.”
Then she said something that totally caught me off guard. She smiled and said,
“Good, I don’t want him as president. So if he does not pick her, I do not have to vote for him.”
I smiled and shook my head slightly and decided to leave it at
that. A couple of days later is when we found out that he chose Biden as
his running mate. I have not heard anything more from her since that
day, at least about politics.
When the news broke that McCain had picked Sarah Palin as his
running mate, I for one was instantly charged and ready to donate money
to his election for the first time. I was particularly curious as to
what the reaction amongst the ladies would be.
That following Sunday while I was getting the activity room
ready for my message, and the ladies started trickling in, I asked what
they all thought about Sarah Palin. The conservative women all chimed in
about how charming and beautiful she was, and everyone one of them
liked McCain’s pick. It even seemed to me that they had an extra bounce
in their step.
As the discussion of Sarah continued, I looked around the room
and noticed that even the ladies who liked Hillary were a little more
spirited then usual. Most the of the ladies I deal with at WindChime,
including most of the republican women, were not all that enamored with
John McCain just a week earlier, but now they liked him.
The woman who asked me if Obama would pick Hillary as his VP
also seemed a bit spirited, with a certain twinkle in her eyes again.
That same twinkle I had seen earlier in the year, when she believed
Hillary was guaranteed the nomination.
As I said, my calling is to win their soul for Christ and usher
them on home to God when He calls them. However, I must admit that when
it is appropriate, and in line with the Scriptures I am speaking on, I
slip and share with them my opinions on politics. As I gave my message
that afternoon, I was especially lax in my separation of church and
Now I admit that this is all antidotal evidence, but if you
understand the way the democrats expect to get 90% of the retirement age
vote, you can sense big troubles for Obama this November.
As long as I am allowed to share the truth with them, I will
share the truth on everything I feel is pertinent to their well being.
In my opinion, the less power the democrats have the less chance these
women will be taken for granted.