I’ve never liked the pretend game. And as an adult, I especially don’t like it now. So let’s stop pretending. Honestly, I’ve never been so unexcited to express a right to vote in my life. I will vote because of the sacrifice my ancestors made for me to. I will vote because I believe if you don’t vote, you don’t get to voice your opinion about the issues. But, let’s not pretend when it comes to voting.
This year, let’s not pretend that people aren’t going to vote based on what their parents said, or what their state represents. Let’s not pretend that people aren’t going to vote simply because they “belong” to a specific party and that’s all that matters.
Let’s not pretend that either candidate is an ideal representative for our country, because face it, I doubt either party really really wants the nominee they have. So let’s stop with the politics of pretending, because we’re not getting anything accomplished.
I will vote. But what I will not do is pretend that I am casting a vote because either candidate represents the Christian moral values that I stand for, and that I had hoped America stood for as well. I am not going to pretend that my conscience isn’t eating away at me when I think about the moral decay of our society everyday.
I am not going to pretend that I am a die-hard representative for either nominee just because I don’t like one or the other. I am not going to pretend that this year’s election doesn’t make me nervous. I’m just not.
But I will pray. I will pray for our country. I will pray for both candidates. I will pray for both parties. And I will hope. I will hope for a dramatic change in our society. I will hope for the return of Christian morals. I will hope for better days.
I will vote. I will pray. I will hope. But I will not pretend.