I read the quote below this morning and found it convicting. Like Calvin’s bad mood, convictions are fun to share (and that is where the analogy breaks down).
The conviction’s source for me is two-fold. I am convicted by what the quote calls me to do. I’m also convicted that we have been so bad at doing this thus far, that what should have been obvious has to be spelled out for us. Check it out:
“Finally, while this document is about the civil order, we cannot fail to call the faithful to prayer. The struggles that we face as a nation and as a global community cannot be addressed solely by choosing the ‘best candidate’ for political office. No, in addition to forming our consciences, we must fast and pray, asking our loving and gracious God to give us the ability to effectively proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our daily witness to our faith and its teachings. Let us all take to heart the urgency of our vocation to live in the service to others through the grace of Christ and ask humbly in prayer for an outpouring of the grace of the Holy Spirit on the United States of America.” (Forming Consciences For Faithful Citizenship, “Introductory Note”)