Carol Bauer, wife of B-team Christian right activist Gary Bauer, sent a “prayer alert” to members of the Campaign for Working Families, one of their many non-profit groups that keep the money flowing in, telling them to take advantage of the holidays to provoke political discussions with young people to convince them that Obama is evil.
Interestingly, today’s twenty-somethings may now be awakening to political realities. They heard the warnings but cast them aside. Now they are coming into adulthood in a country where good paying jobs are scarce, health insurance costs are staggering, America’s debt is soaring and the American Dream seems elusive. Three of every four Americans tell pollsters the country is moving in the wrong direction.
The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays will be an opportunity to give those young adults in our lives a listening ear, empathy, the chance to vent about what they thought would come of the broad brush promises of a president who is forever in campaign mode and perhaps some advice and encouragement in just the right tone.
Sometimes the most enduring lessons are not learned in the classroom. It is my prayer that these days will be a wake-up call to the next generation about what is and is not possible in the real world of governing.
I pray that everyone who reads this Prayer Alert will have an opportunity to touch the life of a young adult in the next two months as extended families gather to spend holiday time together. May these conversations be heart-to-heart words of understanding, encouragement, and guidance to the nation’s young adults — our future leaders — who may feel frustrated, angry and disillusioned.
Ask God for the opportunity to mentor or guide a young person who feels the country’s best days are behind us. Pray that we as a country, together, would have a common desire to face facts, acknowledge what is not working, be open to change that rewards individual effort and responsibility and move in that direction in our individual choices, lifestyle and political involvement.
In addition, pray that God would heal the divisions in our country and end the poisonous rhetoric in our political discourse.
Oh yes, all she wants is to “heal the divisions in our country” and “end the poisonous rhetoric.” Now if you’ll excuse her, she has to proofread her husband’s latest jeremiad about how evil gay people are on the verge of taking over America and throwing Christians into concentration camps.