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Oct. 4th, 2012 at 12:08 pm
Last week, my mother forwarded me the following email. The subject line was “A good idea…”:
I’m not terribly active in the political realm and, while I tend to lean to the right, I don’t vote along party lines and haven’t decided who I am voting for for President. But, this post isn’t about Romney versus Obama or Right versus Left. It’s about the request to pray for a political candidate that stuck in my craw.
After my mother forwarded the email, my sister sent us the following link: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/28/personal-email-urging-mormons-to-fast-and-pray-for-romney-goes-national/?hpt=hp_t3
I was really bothered by the request even though it came from my own mother. I don’t like anyone assuming that (1) because I’m LDS I should/will vote for an LDS candidate and (2) that because I’m LDS it’s ok to make a request of fasting and prayer for a complete stranger.
Overall, I feel that asking people to fast and pray for any political candidate just feels wrong.
My sister was very bothered by the CNN coverage of the email because she felt it put our beliefs in the spotlight in a negative way. (She also shared it with her kids and showed them how easily something you write in an email or online can go far beyond your intended audience.)
September 30th came and went and I didn’t fast and pray for anyone (we were busy blessing our 3-month-old son and fasting isn’t high on my list while breastfeeding an infant). I continue to thoughtfully and prayerfully consider whom I should vote for, but you won’t see me putting prayers in for either candidate even once I do decide.
What about you? Did you see the email? How does this request strike you?
[If we can keep the actual political debates out of this post, I would greatly appreciate it. I can’t stomach much more of the debating and voting day can’t get here soon enough for me!]