Okay, I had decided that I was not going to broach the political realm for a while because I’m simply sick of the whole thing. All I could think for the past few weeks is, “Can this PLEASE be over all ready so my inbox will once again be free of political junk!”
But the responses on Facebook of all of my conservative friends was very discouraging and in some cases appalling. I voted for Obama, but I would have been fine if McCain had won. I would not have acted like it was the end of the world.
I have received some of the craziest e-mails ever in the last few weeks–everything from Obama is another Castro in disguise to he’s the beast described in the book of Revelations. How about…he’s just another politician who may or may not be able to enact changes that will make our country an even better place to live.
Most of the folks I’ve talked to over the past few months about the election stated that they didn’t like McCain but they were voting for him because Obama scared them. I attribute much of this fear to the insane amount of crap that is passed around on the internet as truth. The worst part of the whole thing is that when my husband continued to suggest that friends sending us anti-Obama e-mails check truthorfiction.com or another such sight before forwarding these things, they lamblasted truthorfiction as being biased. They also accused Obama of being willing to say anything to get elected. Strangely enough, these same people were willing to say anything to keep him from getting elected even if it is not the truth.
I’m also sick of my friends talking to me as if they KNOW my political views simply because I’m a Christ-follower. I wrote earlier about my former beliefs that Christians could not vote for a Democrat. I feel the need to expand my explanation.
The reason that so many Christians believe that a Christian should not vote for a Democrat is mainly because of the issue of abortion. While I am strongly against abortion, I believe that it is solely one issue–an issue that very little has happened over the past 30+ years to change our countries’ policy on. I guess the main reason that abortion is not such a huge issue in determining who to vote for is that I don’t believe that you can legislate morality. Reversal of Roe v. Wade will save lives, but it will not change hearts. Only God can do that. And He has, for some crazy reason, chosen us as his vessels to carry His love and heart-changing message to all of the aching hearts in our country and around the world.
So my challenge to all of my mourning friends is instead of grumbling and complaining, you be the change that you want to see in our world. Our God is powerful, but His power can only reach those who are hurting if we spend time with those hurting souls. Too many people I know are too busy enjoying their comfortable American prosperity to step out and find those people in their towns for whom the American dream is not a reality. Maybe we need to introduce them to One whose love for them is not dependent on where they live, the color of their skin, the mistakes they have made, their level of education, or how much money they make. I’m guilty of what I described above, but I asked God for years and he has finally brought people into my life who are very different from me who have very different backgrounds from mine. He has used me to minister to them, but even more amazing is the way that these folks have blessed my life! My relationship with them has also helped me to see that it’s not as easy as it looks to pull yourself up when you’ve made mistakes(like we all do–some just have more lasting consequences than others). One of the biggest things I’ve found is that many of them just need someone to care about them, to show an interest in their lives, and to encourage them not to give up–someone to love them unconditionally the way God does.
Here’s a post from a blog that my husband reads. It expresses well the struggle that many Christians have had in deciding who to vote for in this election.