Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Voting Tuesday: Pass It On

As a young Prude, I would often walk around the house soulfully singing a song I learned in youth group. It was called ‘Pass it On’.  I thought it was the most beautiful, moving, IMPORTANT song ever written and I sang it till my parents offered me money to change songs, my dog cowered under the bed as I approached, warbling,  and my youth group leader discussed the possibility of transferring me to a different youth group. Preferably on a different continent. Eventually the song, as is the way of songs, was lost under ever new and important songs until I almost forgot it.

But last night as I lay sleeping, the song, long dormant under hundreds and thousands of those other most Important songs ever written, forced its way through the decades and layers of hymns, Led Zeppelin, Raffi songs, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Newsboys and Vivaldi, and ensconced itself proudly in my Opening Music Box (the one that dictates the song that will be going through my head upon awakening).

At first I was irritated that I would now be stuck humming this extremely EXTREMELY sweet 70’s song all day, but then I realized it HAD A PURPOSE. 
IT was telling ME to tell YOU to PASS IT ON.

Here is how the process works:

You are nagged (via your conscience, your significant other(s) or Your Prude) to make sure you VOTE today. (we usually call this 'lecturing' but time is of the essense)
You vote.
You feel so self-satisfied that you nag OTHERS to vote. They catch the nagging bug and infect others with it. ‘And soon all those around, will warm up in its glowing’ (Pass It On, words and music by Kurt Kaiser)

So now we have the greater populace of the United States voting- thanks in good part to the nagging efforts of a small band of prudes like us. (“It only takes a spark, to get a fire going” Pass it On)
BUT! BUT my dear friends!  The best part is that it DOESN”T STOP THERE!!!!!!!
You and the nation, once you have experienced the Joys of Nagging, will not want to quit.
This is where it gets really good.
The Prude is not interested in telling you how to vote.
Just vote.
And then get to know whoever gets/stays in office.
And NAG them to do a good job. Don’t quit.

Nag them till they either cower under the bed, leave, or start to change things.

We can nag our way to a better nation.
But to earn the right to nag you need to vote.
PASS IT ON.

37 comments:

Donna Boucher said...

I voted.

I learned Pass it on at Honey Rock camp in Eagle River (Wheaton College's camp). I LOVE it.
I also learned How Great Thou Art at camp.

They remain two of my very very favorite songs.

There was one more that is hard to find...

It's a song from the 60's by Ralph Carmichael

In the stars His handiwork I see,
On the wind He speaks with majesty,
Though He ruleth over land and sea,
What is that to me?
I will celebrate Nativity,
For it has a place in history,
Sure, He came to set His people free,
What is that to me?

Till by faith I met Him face to face,
and I felt the wonder of His grace,
Then I knew that He was more than just a
God who didn't care,
That lived a way out there and

Now He walks beside me day by day,
Ever watching o'er me lest I stray,
Helping me to find that narrow way,
He's Everything to me.

Do you know this one?

Donna Boucher said...

I voted.

I learned Pass it on at Honey Rock camp in Eagle River (Wheaton College's camp). I LOVE it.
I also learned How Great Thou Art at camp.

They remain two of my very very favorite songs.

There was one more that is hard to find...

It's a song from the 60's by Ralph Carmichael

In the stars His handiwork I see,
On the wind He speaks with majesty,
Though He ruleth over land and sea,
What is that to me?
I will celebrate Nativity,
For it has a place in history,
Sure, He came to set His people free,
What is that to me?

Till by faith I met Him face to face,
and I felt the wonder of His grace,
Then I knew that He was more than just a
God who didn't care,
That lived a way out there and

Now He walks beside me day by day,
Ever watching o'er me lest I stray,
Helping me to find that narrow way,
He's Everything to me.

Do you know this one?

Donna Boucher said...

I voted.

I learned Pass it on at Honey Rock camp in Eagle River (Wheaton College's camp). I LOVE it.
I also learned How Great Thou Art at camp.

They remain two of my very very favorite songs.

There was one more that is hard to find...

It's a song from the 60's by Ralph Carmichael

In the stars His handiwork I see,
On the wind He speaks with majesty,
Though He ruleth over land and sea,
What is that to me?
I will celebrate Nativity,
For it has a place in history,
Sure, He came to set His people free,
What is that to me?

Till by faith I met Him face to face,
and I felt the wonder of His grace,
Then I knew that He was more than just a
God who didn't care,
That lived a way out there and

Now He walks beside me day by day,
Ever watching o'er me lest I stray,
Helping me to find that narrow way,
He's Everything to me.

Do you know this one?

yosemite5 said...

Oh, Anita and Donna, we are definitely products of the same time!

It only takes a spark to get a fire go-oh-ing, and soon all those around, will warm up to its glow-oh-ing. Memories!

Donna-I just sang the song you mentioned. Absolutely remember the tune to the whole thing. I think that was a camp and youth group song. Sweet.
~Nancy

The Prude said...

Yes! Yes Donna & Nancy!! We sang 'He's Everything to Me' in youth group almost as often as 'Pass It On'!
These songs were sort of the vanguard of Christian contemporary music, I think.
I'm telling you, when I sang those songs I wanted to love on the entire world. Maybe its time to break them out again :)

Tammy said...

Oh Anita - I am soooo excited! Today is the day my oldest son gets to vote for the first time! And I'm not only willing to encourage others to vote... but will gladly tell them exactly HOW to vote as well!

The Prude said...

Aha Tammy! I knew that's what you meant when you said you sent your son to take the trash out too.
All 3 boys voted today. We must have done something right- they voted JUST LIKE WE DID!

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