Last night we had some friends over and watched the states turn red and blue...and blue...and blue. A fellow teacher at school (yes, surprising enough there are a few conservative teachers left) sent me a text that said, "Well, I think I'm leaving the country." I know many have agreed with his statement or jokingly said the same thing once the news was in that Obama was officially our president-elect.
I followed this election closely and really read up on each of the candidates. I feel like I did my part. And now I am left asking, "What do I do next? How do I respond?" Much wiser people (my family) have sent me emails today, and I want to glean from these words and share with you all my mixture of thoughts, via their well said words:
Hey, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri all went to McCain; we did what we needed to do. I did notice that the sun is up this morning! Am I apprehensive about the next four years? Absolutely. Am I incredulous that a man named Barack Hussein Obama is going to be my President? Can't even go there! Do I still live in the greatest country in the world? At the moment I sure do. And ultimately, is my Great God still in control? Praise the Lord, yes he is! Ezekiel 7:27 says, "The king will mourn, the prince will be clothed with despair, and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. I will deal with them according to their conduct, and by their own standards I will judge them. Then they will know that I am the LORD."! Wow. I think I choose to not be depressed.
Kali says to me:
I KNOW God is Sovereign, I KNOW He knew the outcome of this election before the campaigning even began, I KNOW He holds me safely in the palm of His hand. But I also know that Obama does not follow our God – which leaves me a little dumbfounded as I try and think how on earth I’m supposed to pray for this man. I can pray that God will give him wisdom & guidance…but does God grant that to those who don’t follow Him? I guess we pray that God would protect our country. I’m praying that God would teach me what it means to respect him as my president ...
I think it's great and historic that we were able to elect a black man. My generation is often criticized (and rightly so) for being lazy, idealistic, etc. But this is something we can be proud of- we really are "post-radical." Now, let's move on folks! I found it ironic that leading up to the election we just kept hearing that "it's not about race..." up until he was officially elected, then that's all we hear.
God is still sovereign, and I am thankful that I am first and foremost a citizen of His everlasting Kingdom!
"Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders." (Deuteronomy 33:12)
Dad says to me:
Well, we got thumped. It is no fun to lose and we are definitely in a scarier place today than we were yesterday but all is not lost.
#1 It looks like Amendment 8 has won in California. That is huge. If we had a choice on election night and we were told we could only have one big win, the presidency, or 8 in California, I would have taken 8 in California.
The country is not suddenly a bunch of leftists if Marriage can still win in California. We get another shot at the presidency in four years and Congress in two. We would not have had another chance to save marriage if California went by the wayside.
#2 Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri at least had their heads screwed on right!
#3 Obama is now confronted with reality, not just hope,change, blah, blah, blah. He will have to go slow and we can fight things as they come up, start to win back some seats in 2010 and hold him to one term hopefully.
#4 We don't have to hear about how great it would be to elect a black guy any more.
McCain blew it from the start. He tried to distance himself from conservatives and other republicans. He also thought he could win by getting Independents and people who were Hillary supporters upset with Obama. As Doctor Phil would say, "how's that workin' out for you John?" That was not ever going to happen.
Hang in there.
There are still deer in the woods and the sun will come out. I think I will go sit in a tree. (Now that is wisdom, Dad, :) thank you!)
One more person...Kali and Dan's friend Jenny. She blogs and I occasionally check out her blog through Kali's. Her husband is in the military and her view of this election has been inspiring. Her words today:
I do rejoice and marvel in the fact that last night we elected the nation's first African-American man for president! What a far cry this is from 100 years ago, no, just 50 years ago! ...
Yet, in the same sense, I felt as though his skin is the only thing that matters. Watching NBC last night, after they announced his victory, his skin color was the main topic - no, the ONLY topic. I wanted to yell at Brian Williams: "We all are rejoicing that he's black! But, let's get to his policies... his morals... his leadership...!!!"
What about the millions of unborn babies that will be murdered?
What about the socialist/Marxist government that Obama wants to implement?
What about the disrespect for the military and his lack of knowledge/experience in that area?
What about his lack of experience overall?
What about his many anti-American/terrorist "acquaintances" (friends)?
What about his wavering stance on our relationship with Israel?
This man is deeper than his black skin, and I'm afraid that America is simply judging a book by its cover. If Barack Obama's name was Bob Olson and he was just another white guy, with his exact same experiences and acquaintances and socialistic values, I doubt very highly he'd be where he is today...
A friend of mine said, "We kill a Hussein, we elect a Hussein...God help us!" I could not agree more.
In closing, I read a very good article written by a man who worked with Kerry during the 2004 elections regarding Bush's treatment in the last few years-- an excellent read (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122584386627599251.html) that ends, "Our failure to stand by the one person who continued to stand by us has not gone unnoticed by our enemies. It has shown to the world how disloyal we can be when our president needed loyalty -- a shameful display of arrogance and weakness that will haunt this nation long after Mr. Bush has left the White House." I think this is also a good gut-check for us that, regardless of how we voted, Obama is now our president. Let's not be the people others are writing articles about in 2012.