I read two fantastic posts this morning. One is on my sweet friend Joanie's blog, and the other is on Randy Alcorn's blog. (He's an author and prolife activist--though I did meet him once, we're just not tight enough for me to call him my sweet friend. :) ) Anyway, I say "AMEN!" to the words these blessed Christians have written.
No matter what you think about the election, God promises to work all for the good of those who love him. While I may not have voted for Barack Obama, I am going to give him a fair shake come January. He'll be my president. Most of America wants him as our leader.
All of us who exercised our precious right to vote took a stand for something. At the outset of this election season I was ambivalent and didn't care too much one way or the other. (Some of this stemmed from the genuine sadness I felt when I realized that I just could not vote for the son of a man from Kenya, the first African American man in the race for the Presidency. As much as I longed to vote for these things, my convictions in other areas prevented me from doing so.) My views began evolving and I realized that if I really believe the things the Bible says, I need to take a stand for my convictions. I became more invested in the election and cast my vote.
Sometimes it's uncomfortable. We attended a Sarah Palin rally on Monday night. (Yes, really. I can feel my readership dropping...) I felt like we weren't the typical Colorado Palin supporters. (Not that we aspire to be!) Maybe it was the cheers that went up when Hank Williams Jr. accused Barack Obama of not liking the national anthem, or the demographic, or the way some people reacted when we said we were from Denver. I liked Palin's message about children with special needs and innocent children in our society, and about small government, but I felt like I didn't identify at ALL with the 3,000 or so other people there.
Bottom line though: even though my team lost, and even if I don't really fit in with Colorado Springs republicans :), I'm glad I took the stand that I did. And more importantly, I'll continue to do so. To stand for life--of the unborn, the poor, the lost, the rich, the Christian, the nonbeliever, the marginalized. And that means my actions--not just words. No matter who is in office, I can plead the case of the orphan and the widow, and seek to live out God's kingdom here on earth. And I will continue voting for people who I feel can best lead us in a virtuous way.
So today I'm wishing the Obama family the best, and am anxious to see how this most historic presidency will play out!