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The Resistance Prays

October 20, 2018
By Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

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Today's Top Story
"Struggling to Bring the ‘Blue Wave’ to Deep-Red Alabama" via the New York Times Magazine:
  • Before their wedding, in 2009, Tabitha Isner and her husband, Shane, wrote a mission statement for their marriage. Isner sums it up as liberal values emerging from their faith: being stewards of God’s creation, caring for “the least of these” and being open to go where the Holy Spirit leads them. 
  • The couple met in divinity school at the University of Chicago, where she was also working on a master’s degree in public policy. They both went on to pursue ordination in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a mainline Protestant denomination. Their first home was in the suburbs of Minneapolis, where Shane worked at a church and Tabitha worked as a policy analyst for the state, evaluating early-childhood education programs. “She’s like, ‘I see Jesus in fixing school systems,’” Shane told me.
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners."
Isaiah 61:1
"You’re not called to win" 
  • Tabitha Isner's run for Congress reminds me why I'm involved in political activism and I hope her story inspires you to continue fighting. Pay attention to what her husband told the Times: "he and Isner always talked about her running for office as a calling, in a religious sense. But to them, that didn’t mean God was telling them she was going to win. 'God doesn’t control the future,' he said. 'So you’re not called to a particular position; you’re not called to win the race. You’re called to be in it.'" 
  • We are each called to be in politics. Now, that doesn't mean we all need to run ourselves. We can vote, donate our time/treasure/talents to candidates who will fight for the common good, and advocate on specific issues. We will lose. We lost the Kavanaugh fight. We lost the 2016 presidential election. I can assure you: we will (many times) lose again. But we are called to stay in the fight. We are called to take up these verses from the prophet Isaiah, as Luke tells us Jesus did at the beginning of his ministry, and make them our own.
  • Will Ms. Isner win? According to FiveThirtyEight's analysis of the race, she has a 1 in 40 chance. No matter what happens on election day, we should commend her and candidates like her around the country who are fighting uphill battles. We are called to go to the ends of the Earth. In our calling to advance the common good in the U.S. Congress, that can even mean deep red Alabama. Our hope is not in polling or campaign ads, but to "go where the Holy Spirit leads [us]." 
Use the new app VoteWithMe to find out which of your friends live in swing districts. Send them a text and ask them when they plan to vote. 
Righteous One, we give you thanks for Tabitha Isner and her courage to follow you in the midst of daunting election odds. Give her strength to complete this race and hope that goodness will ultimately prevail. Come, Holy Spirit, and stir every heart in our land to the moral imperative of voting in these midterm elections. Amen.  
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