For some reason I have found it too dangerous to make my opinion public about political candidates. Maybe it’s because I SO long to build relationships with all sorts of people that I found that if, and when, I voiced my thoughts that I would immediately be pegged or labeled causing me to be isolated away from the very people I truly long to serve and love.
Maybe another reason is because people react quickly to political comments. Too quickly. I just do not want to deal with the social media backlash on Twitter or Facebook as others pounce on my one-liners with their one-liners. Though many of you might enjoy doing that I, however, don’t care for it. So I’d watch my friends make all the comments on Facebook and see the trend of constant “amens” and “likes” with some critical backlash. It just seemed pointless to me…here… in Texas. But today it’s time to be honest with myself – I was stung by this election.
I remember being a student at a (once) theologically conservative school when President Clinton was elected. I was so dissapointed by the Christian response. The irritation and negative words toward a man troubled me for the church. I remember thinking that if we dislike who our nation elects then the real frustration and comment is about who we are as a people. It didn’t sting then.
Tuesday night was a revealing commentary on who we are as a people now in 2012. Tuesday night the people of the United States voted the following way:
1. Charisma and charm are more valuable than substance and production. I could understand why so many voted for Obama four years ago. It made sense on an emotional level. Though I did not agree, many saw his approach and background as significantly different enough from traditional politics that it made it much easier to believe and buy into his promise for hope and change. Again, though I didn’t agree, I can see why so many voted for Obama’s charisma and charm (despite his lack of experience) vs. McCain’s lack of charisma and charm. And now four years later with Obama having significant experience in the White House with almost no substance to show for it – it is evident that the people in the United States simply value a charmer. This indicator of who we are is frightning.
2. Santa Claus is more valuable than life. The willingness for so many to dismiss Obama’s stance on issues like abortion (even late term abortions), his handling of Benghazi, the Fast and Furious scandal, etc. in order to support his goal to over-tax the wealthy for the sake of the poor is indication that our people value a free gift for themselves more than making a sacrifice for someone else’s life. People died in Banghazi and people died Fast and Furious scandal and Obama is still praised, though he has never proven that he can LEAD through either of those horrible situations. Why is he praised? Because he is promising to bring financial fairness. He’s promising to bring free gifts. He’s not trusting the benevolence of others (I almost don’t blame him for that) and promising that he’ll be that gift-giver. And as long as he’s promising to give gifts to everyone – who cares about life? The best example of this is that Chris Matthews (MSNBC) stated that he was thankful that “Hurricane Sandy came because it gave Obama the chance to look presidential.” Really?! Didn’t over 100 people die by the impact of Hurricane Sandy? That’s how badly our people want Obama’s ONE policy agenda to succeed. It is evident that we value a political Santa.
3. Tolerance of depravity is more valuable than truth and honor. To put it simply, President Obama’s campaign invented an image of Mitt Romney that was not true. Translation: he lied about who Romney really is. And the majority of our people could care less. With nothing positive to point to within his own record, Obama created untruths about Romney’s. When he mentioned that he “evolved” in his thinking about homosexual marriage as President, he is celebrated as a thinker and as one of the most liberating kind men ever. Very few really care that he is essentially saying that he welcomes us becoming a nation that is described in Romans 1:18-32. It’s true that running for political office is to open yourself up to public scrutiney and Romney’s campaign wasn’t the nicest in the Primaries, but inventing reality while tolerating a sinful one is not honoring. It is evident that we value depravity.
4. It is OK if the United States of America is economically average and lazy. The last four years we have had no budgets to balance, no solid plan to recover, no confession that things need to change, no solid plan to help small businesses, and no demonstration from this President that he is concerned that our country’s credit rating is embarrassing. We voted last night that those issues just really aren’t that big of a deal. Average is OK. We should not be excelling financially over anyone else in the world because that would be rude and might cause others to hate us. Let’s make sure ALL the wealthy people face penalties for their hard work because SOME of them are horribly greedy. To overlook the reality that we are hemmoraging economically is to say that America shouldn’t be too concerned with excelling in this area. It is evident that we want to change America’s economic reputation.
So, as I reflect on who we are as a people, I greive. Though history tells us that we once were passionate about substance, life, truth, honor and being fiscally responsible – on Tuesday night we voted as a nation to change. My honest reaction to last nights vote is that we have become a people that value charm, gifts, depravity, and an average America. No, not much HOPE, but I have to admit… too much CHANGE.
May those of us who are in the obvious minority, take all of our concerns to our compassionate Father. Texans may have been suprised Tuesday night. Romney may have been suprised Tuesday night. Obama was probably a little suprised Tuesday night :). God, however, was not. Ultimately, we lean not on our own understanding but on Him who oversees all nations and holds them in the palm of His hands.
My honest reaction and response to the election is that this election stung. Not because of who is or who is not our President, but rather because of we have become as a people.
God is sovereign and He loves us with an enduring love. This is our hope. May he care for and direct the steps of our leaders. May He be merciful to us as a people. And may we hope in Him above all things.