Thursday, April 19, 2007
I had vaguely heard of Alan Keyes, but was not familiar with his background and stance on issues. I was surprised to find his name listed on a poll of presidential candidate preferences by the Constitution Party. So, before voting in the poll, I googled the candidates, and found this pleasantly surprising speech of Mr. Keyes.
In response to those who might promote a politically-disengaged brand of Christianity, Mr. Keyes concludes his speech thus...
If we truly believe, if we will truly act in love, then let it be the caritas that cares not just for our salvation, but cares as the Lord told us to care. He didn't just say, "Go, and convert individuals." He said, "Go, and teach all nations."
When we show up before the gates of our eternal home, we are therefore enjoined by Christ to do as He did when He walked along the beaches of the Sea of Galilee. We will be known not just by the fact that we are there, but by all of the people and all of the nations that come home when we come home.
And this is our prayer, is it not? That we shall find in that moment of truth before our Father, God, that we have come home to Him, brothers and sisters, standing in the midst of a great throng of blest humanity that will include amongst all the others not just the people but the blazoned emblem of this nation that we love.
This is our prayer. This is our hope. And if we are willing, with hearts filled with the love of sacrifice, to walk the walk and stand for the truth in our vote, in our articulation, in our leadership and followership, then this prayer shall be answered. And in the truest sense of all that, before the throne of our God, America will be free.
I find that somewhat inspirational...