Living History: Presidential Election 2012

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I read it all. I rarely say a word. But this morning, my heart is SICK that a man in our state was re-elected ONLY because of the political party beside his name. He is a doctor, who allegedly* had multiple affairs and finally his wife had enough. They are now divorced. This all happened while he had young children as well. He reportedly asked one of his mistresses to have an ABORTION and yet people in our state re-elected him ONLY because he claims affiliation with a particular party. (*Divorce proceedings will confirm it all officially, but he admitted and multiple women share similar stories.)

This is the type of hypocrisy that I am so WEARY of. What in the world are people thinking?

To be in full disclosure, he is not in our district but I can assure anyone I would NOT have cast a vote for him. If you want to quit reading, that is fine, but I am so weary of the hate and the assumption that all Christians must vote for a man who is affiliated with one party no matter his lack of family values.

I am tired of seeing signs like the one in our neighborhood and all over town that say “VOTE FOR THE AMERICAN.” As far as I’m concerned, that is just RACISM alive and well. And right beside it, a sign that says “PRAY FOR OUR NATION.” And my kids do ask: “Why do those people say that when President Obama was born in Hawaii?” I did tell them the people are misinformed and possibly racist, but I don’t know them so I can’t say for sure about the racism part.

Whatever our affiliations, it is a sad day in our nation. I agree on that part. I do NOT believe for a nanosecond that Christ would have acted the way many Christians act during election season.

I am so very thankful for growing up in a family (and the Prez did as well) who taught me to look beyond the hate rhetoric and to look at each candidate individually, and to not be swayed by misinformation and hypocrisy. I look back at the words of my grandparents, all of whom (except my grandfather) voted on both sides of the aisle through the years, and I remember what all they shared with me about times they lived through, times that we’ve never known in my generation.

I pray for President Obama and his family in the coming days. I don’t pretend to know the heart of this man or his family. I take complete rest and peace in the knowledge and belief that God knows the President’s heart and God is sovereign. He is on His throne today, just as he was yesterday and the day before and since before the beginning of time.

Our mock election.

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Election Night.

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And while these aren’t my words, this post that was forwarded to me yesterday really speaks volumes. Here is an excerpt: “If you are a conservative Christian, please tell me you’re pro-life after the baby is born. Please tell me you’re serious about trying to keep young people in school, off the streets, out of jail, and off of death row. Pro-life better mean from the womb to the tomb. Please tell me you are chewing on the sobering connection between poverty and abortion. If you really want to save babies you simply cannot ignore the role of hopelessness and poverty among our youth. You have to do something with the fact that abortions rose under Reagan and Bush I and then declined under Clinton. Try to understand why your liberal brothers aren’t convinced that a Republican president will dramatically affect abortion rates. (To be fair, abortions declined even more under George W. Bush.)” Source: http://michaelpatz.com/2012/10/29/how-is-a-christian-to-vote/

Please go read the entire post and Part 2 as well. It is perhaps the most intelligent and inspired post I’ve ever read in my whole life about elections and how Christians should approach their right and privilege to vote.

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Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven; Daniel said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him. It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding.” (Daniel 2:19-21)

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. (Romans 13:1)

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension. (1 Timothy 2:1–8)

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4 thoughts on “Living History: Presidential Election 2012

  1. I know I am epically late (4 kids is kicking my leisure reading butt.. how do you do it with 6? :), but I couldn’t agree more and had to say so. We saw similar “political” signs just north of you, and they hurt my heart.

    Your kids are getting so big! Blessings to you all.
    Amy

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