I've been experiencing some pain this week and it's been hard for me to write. The election. I try so hard not to be political on my blog, but I talked to Debby and I agree - Chatty has to put her feelings and views somewhere about it. If my grandson ever reads this I want him to know my feelings.
I took some time to think this week and work out my feelings. Of course I've prayed like crazy for help and guidance. I think I've come to peace with things and I hope I don't lose anyone, but I have to say what I feel. I figure if you can't write and share your feelings, abet they are different, what good is a blog? If I can't write in it - it's like having a journal you can't write in. Hopefully we can agree to disagree.
I know some people - friends and family - that I love voted for Obama - and I still love them - it has nothing to do with my feelings for them - it has to do with my concerns where Obama might take the United States. I just do not feel his views or his religion is what mine is.
Do you know that 1/5 of America has no religion anymore?
You know this was a very close election and I read on Joyce's blog (below) that "While Obama won - he had a little over half the vote. That means there is a little less than half of all the people lost who they felt would be a good president." So while half the world is rejoicing, half the people are sad. I'm a firm believer in dealing with what you are feeling! I think if you don't and you swallow your feelings - then your in trouble. If you can deal with your feelings, then you can go on and I'm ready to move on.
Here is her website and the rest of what she wrote that day.
My feelings, (taking a deep sigh) are ones of loss. Not the actual loss of losing, but the loss of the way (I think) America has gone for a couple of hundred years now. I know young people want change. I know the issues that were voted on this election. I have nothing against race, color, or creed. I am against what I believe Obama stands for. I wonder if there will even be a two party system anymore because no one can win against the democrats any more. Who in their right mind would run? We are a minority now.
My husband and I are retired. So we're basically dinosaurs (units now) in this life. I'm really not too worried about us, but I do worry about the future of America and my family.
I hope and pray I'm wrong. I worry for my children and grandchildren caring all that debt. I'm worried about their morals as they grow up. I worry if they will ever grow up living in a democary or if they will just read about Democracy in a history book. I'm worried whether this is going to stay a Christian nation or not.
I wonder if it will turn out as good as every one thinks it will. Will the voters be right or wrong? Only time will tell.
I'm a little worried that in 2013 I will become a 'unit'. I'll have three people who are not doctors make medical decisions for me based on the facts that are chosen to be shown to them. But then I know my earthly life is in their hands, not my Heavenly life is not - therefore I have peace.
I read the following and I thought it was pretty good - Thanks Calamity Jane
From: Chris Long
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 3:14 AM
"The beauty of elections in a free society is that the PEOPLE get to choose what kind of country they want. This means that the people themselves get to choose whether they want a society governed by righteousness, or not. While some well-meaning Christians (and others) tend to like to criticise the government for all the 'moral failures' and lack-of-righteousness they perceive, the truth is that in America we have the power as people to control who is in government and what kind of policies are enacted. The types of laws and leaders we exalt are merely reflections of who we are as a people.
The end result of all this is that if the people by-and-large are God-fearing people who believe in the Bible and want righteousness in their country, that will happen. But if more people don't believe this way, it won't. It's in the hands of the people. Our elections say more about the state of the hearts of the people then most anything else. This, incidentally, is why the people deciding things can be really GREAT or really BAD (or somewhere in between). It depends on the people. People can be fickle. In Germany, Hitler had great support from the German people. We tend to think like "how could they do that," etc. But the truth, according to the Bible, is that humanity is sinful and is easily deceived.
This is why I believe the real renewal for any country will only come when believers in Jesus Christ acknowledge and repent of the sin and worldliness we've allowed in our own lives and seek to live holy (set apart) lives unto the Lord. Our holiness will lead to a "bright light witness" - where we love others and stand for truth - that in time will bring significant changes to the greater society at large (i.e. more people will end up voting the Bible in the future). Basically, it comes down to the slumbering church needing to wake up and act like the church."
The reality is that the people in America have voted and they will get what they voted for, plain and simple.
I will likely be writing more in the days and weeks ahead, but for today, I just want to encourage you in this: If the election did not turn out as you had hoped and prayed and if the future seems uncertain and concerning, please be assured of this: God takes care of His children. Humans can make choices and choose leaders and do what they do, but as Christians we are children of the King of ALL. Regardless of what society around us does or does not do, we can rest securely in the arms of our Father and cling tightly to Him come what may.
Love to you in Christ,
A "True/False" Election test from Chris.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who has won, Jesus will still be King.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who has won, our responsibilities as Christians will not have changed one iota.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who has won, the greatest agent for social change in America will still be winning the hearts and minds of men and women through the gospel, not legislation.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who has won, my primary citizenship will still be in this order - (1) the Kingdom of God , (2) America , not vice-versa.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who has won, the tomb will still be empty.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who has won, the cross, not the government, will still be where salvation is found.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who has won, our children will still be more concerned with whether or not we spend time with them than with who is President.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who has won, my neighbor will still be my neighbor, and loving him/her will still be the second greatest commandment. (Do you know the first?)
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who has won, the only way to see abortion ultimately overturned will still be winning men and women to a high view of life through the gospel of Christ.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who has won, the only way to see gay marriage ultimately defeated will still be winning men and women to a biblical view of marriage through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who has won, my retirement will still not match my treasure in Heaven.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who has won, "Jesus Is Lord" will still be the greatest truth in the Universe.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who has won, we will still know that God is in control.
Just remember who you are and who He is.
Thought for Today
"How marvelous it was to stand in a place like the Soviet Union and talk about the coming Kingdom and to tell them that Communism will not win. I told them capitalism would not win either; it's the Kingdom of God that is going to win." - Billy Graham
I love you all,
Tomorrow I have a give away starting.