An Election Day Disappointment

Election Day was disappointing for me, but not for why you would think.

Here we are, November 7th, 2012. America has voted, and chosen to reelect as our President Barack Obama.

That's certainly not what I was hoping for, but that is not what is so disappointing to me.

I have been more disappointed in the things I have read on Facebook and Twitter from my Christian brothers and sisters. Things like "America is doomed, Don't forget to fill up your gas tanks tonight" and similar things have been all over the place. I've seen people changing their profile pictures on Facebook to that of an upside down American flag.

That's disappointing.

It certainly seems as though many had placed their hope in a Romney Presidency, many who would claim to be a Christ follower. I think many got it all wrong. They placed their hope in a man winning an election- and now their hopes are dashed and they have a defeatist attitude. That's sad. And it's disappointing. Especially when you consider the word of the Bible in regards to our actions when it comes to our leaders.

I think there are two main things we should be about in coming days:

1) Honor our President and Leaders.

I posted two passages from Romans 13 and 1 Timothy 2 in yesterday's post- and they are still true today. We are to submit to our governing authorities, we are to pray, intercede, and to thank God for our leaders. We can have this attitude even when we disagree with our leaders because we recognize that it is God who has appointed the leaders. It is God who is the ultimate authority and who is in control. When we are raging against the election of President Obama we are raging against the person God has appointed to be our leader.

We should honor President Obama. Using coarse, derogatory, slanderous language towards him certainly does not honor our President, or God. Also- think of the example you are presenting to those watching when you do such things. We should all use respectful words to mention our President- and we should be in prayer that he would lead our nation well. That doesn't mean we have to agree with his every policy- but let's be a little more mature about about our responses.

2) Love our neighbors.

This has been an incredibly contentious election cycle. The rhetoric, and vitriol has been off the charts.

Those left leaning people that you've accused of not only wanting government handouts and welfare? They're your neighbor.

Those people you've called fool, idiot, lazy, and worse? They're your neighbor.

They're not just your neighbor- but Jesus died for them. Jesus loves them no more or less than He loves you. So let's stop acting like we are better than anyone who thinks differently than us on political issues. Let's just love them. Let's take the time to reach out to them and learn their name. Let's learn their story, their background, their family- and let's point them to Jesus.

Let's love them so deeply, so intensely, that they have no option but to become your friend. And I think that when you get past your perceived differences you'll find out they are not so different after all. They have the same fears, the same questions, the same hopes about our future.

After all, doesn't that seem a little more like something Jesus would really do? Let's keep an eternal perspective when we're viewing such things as our political process and not get too hung up on the things that do not matter in terms of eternity.

Question: What, if anything, disappointed you about the election?

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V Taylor November 07, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Hi Kris. Great post. I did not vote for Mr Obama this time but did in 2008. So many posts on Facebook and other sites spew hatred, bitterness and ignorance. Look at how the President has aged during the past four years. He has what may be the hardest job on this planet and,with four years experience, hopefully knows how to correct the things he needs to do differently. I read an article this week on how his faith in God has deepened in the past four years. I can't imagine anyone in his position not depending on God's guidance. I pray for healing for our country. After all, we all want the same thing, to live in peace and prosper.
ED CARR November 07, 2012 at 05:57 PM
We should feel sorry for Obama. He inherited a GIANT mess created by the last president.........Oh wait, that was him!
Mike Smith November 08, 2012 at 02:42 PM
This was. Great post Chris! I have a question, I haven't heard anything about the vote on gambleing in Guenett. Was that passed or sot down? I only wonder due to the fact a lot of my friends go to Alabama to play slots and I hate to see all the revenue leaving Ga. We needed to keep it here for our own children ant their education.
David B. Manley November 09, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Mike, Dan O’Leary proposed a Gwinnett $1 billion mixed-use entertainment complex that included video lottery terminals, which complex he said would inject as much as $350 million into the HOPE education program every year. Subsequently, there was a statewide non-binding casino gambling question on the Republican general primary ballot this past July. None was on the primary ballot for Democrats. Mr. O'Leary objected to the wording of the Republican referendum and opined that the casino gambling proposition would fail due to its wording. Despite the wording, the referrendum passed with a close 50.2 percent in favor statewide and 49.7 percent not. As I stated, this passage was completely non-binding. There was nothing on the Nov. 6 general election ballot about gambling, probably because the state lottery board is already authorized to approve video lottery terminals that Mr. O'Leary wants to install. However, Governor Deal appoints the lottery board members, he has been outspoken against the video lottery terminals idea since he took office, his stance did not change after the referendum, and the board has indicated it would not take up the issue while the Govenor's objection remains.
Jo-Anne McQuilken November 09, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I agree Kris that this is a great post! The whole election there was so much hate going on, not a good Christian value. People have lost track of the message of Jesus and that is to love one another. This is so we can lift each other up and not tear each other down.
David B. Manley November 09, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Ed, LOL! So true in many ways; however, to be fair, let's not forget that during the end of the George W. Bush administration the economy suffered its most serious downturn since the Great Depression and President Bush's final approval rating was 19%, a record low for any U.S. President.
David B. Manley November 09, 2012 at 01:43 AM
So true, and worth repeating.
Kris Parker November 09, 2012 at 02:28 AM
I certainly wouldn't want his job that's for sure! He has certainly aged quite a bit in the last four years- but I guess that's a hazard of the job.
Kris Parker November 09, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Thank you for your kind words Jo-Anne! We would certainly be better off if we would spend more energy loving each other instead of tearing each other down.
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