...even though I didn't vote for him.
Well, this is Friday, and I thought I'd have posted about the election by now. But we were up late Tuesday night, of course, and then we were up late Wednesday night, too. Wednesday and Thursday I was just too tired to put my thoughts together.
Last night I dreamed I had written a brilliant blog post explaining all my thoughts about the election. In that post, I weighed all the pros and cons of the different positions and drew very insightful conclusions about the impact of the election.
When I woke up I thought to myself "Oh, how wonderful to dream of the perfect words. I need to lie here for a minute and just get them fixed in my mind." Oops, too late, of course they were gone. Now I'm left to muddle through without the guidance of my apparently brilliant, but who will ever know, sleeping mind! Of course there are all kinds of gaps in my logic that you could, and some of you will, drive a truck through. But here it is, anyway.
• God's will was done. This may because He wants to use our new president to bless us, or it may be that He intends to use him to punish us. It may be that we will not know in our lifetimes what God's purpose was in appointing President Obama, but we know it is for His glory and our good.
• I am happy for my African American neighbors and friends. I do not believe that the color of a person's skin makes him any different from anyone else. The Bible clearly teaches that God created all of us from "one blood". We have many different physical characteristics, but we are all one human race, created in God's image. But people who look like me, my ancestors, stole people who look like Barack Obama, his ancestors, and cruelly made slaves of them based on their belief that they were less than human because of how they looked.
We all know that even after slavery was abolished, black people were treated as lesser citizens for many, many years. In many places and by many people they are still treated poorly, based solely on the color of their skin. If these people are rejoicing that someone who looks like them was elected President, then I want to rejoice with them! Yes, of course, we should instead be saying "The best man for the job was elected. What color is his skin? Oh, he looked tanner/paler/redder than me, does that matter?" But when our country's history has been stained by such sinful prejudice for so many years, it does have meaning that we've taken even this one small step in the right direction.
• This is an opportunity for Christians to stop putting their trust in politics, and more particularly in the Republican party.
• However, having said that, if the Republican party wants to go back to any kind of righteous stance on "social issues" this is their big chance. I rather doubt that this will happen, though.
• I am happy that we will now have a president who can exhibit gravitas in his speech and actions. It's been 16 years; it's about time.
• I am happy that the Obamas seem to be a loving couple who are trying to have a good marriage and raise their children well in spite of the public spotlight.
• I am happy that the Obamas claim to be Christians. I pray that they will find themselves a good church in Washington where they will hear the true, unadulterated Word of God preached, and where they will be held accountable and encouraged to live out their professed beliefs.
• I am glad that our new president wants to end the war in Iraq, and I am thankful that he was never in favor of it in the first place. I know it may not be possible at this point to end it quickly. But I am thankful that we will have a president who at least professes that he would not take us to war against a nation who did not attack us. I hope and pray he will maintain that position and that he will be used to change our country's hostile relationship with other countries.
Yes, of course there are negatives to having Barack Obama elected as our president. I could not vote for him because of his position on abortion. He may or may not be telling the truth about his associations with some of the people he has been accused of being associated with. If he does owe them anything in the way of respect or favors that could be very bad.
Those are the things that bother me. The fact that he may want to raise my taxes, or that he is "moving us to Socialism", or that he may plan to institute a national health plan, or that he may not be as happy about people owning piles of guns as Sarah Palin was, or any number of similar things he's been accused of, doesn't bother me nearly so much. Sure, I would be irritated if our taxes go up, but they're going to go up no matter who is president anyway. Sure, a national health plan might be hard to adjust to. But those are material things, and my security should not be in material things. I may have "rights" that are given to me by the Constitution of the United States, but those are not rights guaranteed to me by God.
One final thing. In the days since the election I have seen some people online talking about wanting to leave the US because of the results of the election. Some of them have mentioned moving to Canada. Please, people, do a little research before you say things like that. Sure, Hollywood's finest made a big point of saying they'd move to Canada or France in 2004 if Bush was re-elected. Just a hint here...they weren't headed to either of those countries because of the excess of freedom and capitalism to be found there. Maybe y'all could move to Alaska and join that secessionist party they have there?