Today when I read the local paper the juxtaposition of a couple of letters to the editor drew forth an unpleasant laugh. The letters were about Danica Roem, candidate for delegate. Roem is running against Delegate Bob Marshall.
Here is the start of the first.
Does Virginia’s 13th House of Delegates district want a delegate who praises violence, getting drunk and other unsuitable behavior when representing the families of Virginia?
Danica Roem, Democratic candidate for the state House of Delegates 13th District, was the lead vocalist in a thrash metal band called “Cab Ride Home.” The lyrical theme of her band is getting drunk and promoting violence. Danica’s band sings the praises of drunkenness and violence with such provocative song titles as “Slaughter Brew,” “Bullets and Pepperoni,” and “Assassins of Innocence,” to name a few. What message does this send young people who attend Danica’s concerts and listen to her songs online? (from here)
Danica Roems stage name is Danica Amore. This link provides some of the lyrics of what Roem sings.
The second letter starts off this way.
My wife and I bought a home in Gainesville back in 2015. We chose to live in a beautifully landscaped community that made it easy for us and our adopted (former foster) daughter to make a long-term commitment to the area.
Our daughter started school at Gainesville Middle and is now a sophomore at Patriot. My wife, a retired Navy veteran of twenty years of service unpacked for the last time. I started to invest in our community by hiring local businesses to work in our home and on our cars. I always make sure if I spend money, I do it locally. I believe strongly in supporting and strengthening the very community I call home. (from here)
The letter sounds tame, but it is signed with a woman’s name, which I suppose some would regard sort of like a punchline to a joke.
What amazes me is that former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Roem (see THESE SURE AREN’T THE DEMOCRATS I GREW UP WITH), but I guess I am still imagining what the Democrats were like 40 – 50 years ago.
Have you ever thought about the fact that it is much more difficult to imagine Heaven than it is Hell? We know Heaven is beautiful, but we don’t well understand what makes something beautiful. Our natural desire is to use whatever we come into contact with. What we use, we slowly render ugly. Creativity requires the we give from our self to whatever we would make beautiful. That goes against our nature.
When we vote, we have a choice of candidates, but we also have to choose how we decide between the candidates.
- Which candidate is trying to make Virginia a better, more beautiful place for our family, friends, and neighbors? Which candidate will help us to personally give of ourselves to the betterment of those around us? Which candidate will protect our right to decide for ourselves what to believe, how to raise our children, and how to make the best use of the fruits our labor?
- Which candidate is trying buy our vote by promising us what rightfully belongs to someone else. Which candidate will help use use family, friends, and neighbors to get what we think we want?
When we vote, we have a choice. Pick your verse.
Love your neighbor
Matthew 7:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Use your neighbor.
Exodus 20:17 New King James Version (NKJV)17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Because God is just, whatever we vote for is what we will get. Will we choose to descend into the pit? What would that be like? Who knows exactly? Jesus spoke of Heaven and Hell, but He left far more to our imaginations than what He told us of either place. Throughout history men have imagined the afterlife, but only Jesus made a credible claim of knowing what is to come.
So what do we know? What do we know from our lives in the here and now? Heaven seems to be a place where everyone loves each other. Hell seems to be a place where everyone uses each other.