It is no secret I rooted for Mitt. I have autographed campaign hats to prove it. So what does an Obama victory mean, as a Christian?
It is important to start by saying that as a Christian – we operate on two plains. The earthly plain and the heavenly. For Scripture teaches that
All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things… Only let us live up to what we have already attained. Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, (temporarily wants) and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Too many Christians choose only one plain OR the other. They either ignore the political arena and spout spiritual platitudes and ignore the real dangers that politicians and government can wreck on the people they govern and in so doing waste the freedom that has been bought for them on battle fields around the world, OR they get so wrapped up in politics they place unmerited hope in a party or politician (on either side) to bring “Hope and Change.” I suspect they are ones really depressed today. (or gloating)
As one whose candidate lost last night, I have two separate responses. As I must respond from ‘each citizenship’ separately.
As an American citizen:
I am stunned. I am forced to agree with a tweeter I follow who asked, “Is this what a cult of personality is like? When we just like the person & don’t care about the damage they do?” I am sad that we have entered a new normal of 8% unemployment and what that means for real people out there, when our opponents whined and complained about Bush’s 5%. I’m concerned that qualifications no longer matter in the office of president. National office is now, no matter how much we don’t like it, all about marketing and communications. Track records mean nothing. We just ran a man arguably more qualified to be President than anyone else in the modern era… and lost. Soon, ObamaCare will burden both the national economy and employers and along with Social Security and MediCare be broke, overrun with bureaucracy and unlike anything before it, invade our privacy and put a drag on the economy. This isn’t “gloom and doom” – it’s common sense. But Obama wasn’t elected because of facts. He was elected because of a fundamental change going on in America… personal greed. People want stuff given to them and will vote for who is handing the stuff out – whether it can be afforded does not matter. And is it any surprise, when most Americans live that way themselves? They buy the platitudes and wonderful sounding emotional arguments without any investigation and they also have learned that it is the end that justifies the means as the ugliest campaign in American history is credited with the victory. Pundits claim both sides “played dirty” – but that is hard to back up. One side talked about the other’s record, the other attacked the man himself with baseless lies, profanity and vulgarity… and won. The lesson? Being classy, respectful and a gentleman = losing. It speaks more of the character of the nation than it does of the leader. Like it or not, we got a man who reflects the direction we are headed. Reversing course was rejected.
So, as a citizen, what does it mean? It means America can still thrive – but not because of government, but because of the spirit of Americans. I’m not one that is despairing and assuming a horrible four years to come. Americans can, and I believe will triumph, and regrettably Obama will get the credit, even as he puts stumbling block after hindrance in the way of progress. It is going to get harder for businesses to succeed and create jobs. We will not see the quick growth and recovery we could have, but we will prevail despite. We always have. We have the best and the brightest on earth! So at the individual level – if you haven’t already, you need to go against the grain.
But know this, you must live within your means. (That is soooo unAmerican today!) Pay off your credit card bill every month. If you have debt, get out. (Other than your mortgage.) There are going to continue to be a lot of people in need, and if your financial affairs are not in order, you will not have the margin to help others. You’ll need to be able to be responsive to assist others. It is going to continue to be hard on churches and non-profits. Giving will stay down. Ours should increase! They’ll need it more. Don’t hoard, bless others who need it.
Don’t follow the trend of WANTING and TAKING. That is the trend in America today. Be one of the GIVERS and DOERS. That is the best hope for America.
As a citizen of Heaven:
The election of Obama, 59,837,874 over Romney 57,191,003* was narrow. As stated above, many people like what Obama stands for, or at least, aren’t bothered by it. (Many were just scared of Mitt as they believed a caricature of him.) I’m not going to list those items, as I’ve moved from political to spiritual here – but much has to do with right to life, religious freedom and a practical atheistic view of the world. So as a Christian, my response is simple. It is a reminder that we live in a lost world. No surprise here.
I expect things to get even more unfriendly toward the Church and toward religious freedom and toward non-profits. But I’m not worried. Our freedoms are still incredible, and amazing when you consider the plight of Christians over the landscape of history. We have it pretty good compared to our brothers and sisters in many other places on this globe, even right now. This election should remind us that HALF of Americans at least, are very lost. (Granted some Christians voted for Obama, and many non-Christians voted for Romney.) But the point remains, our work is clear:
Some of us, as citizens of America worked hard for our candidate. (Whoever he happened to be.) Whether you are on the losing side, like me, or whether you are reading this and your guy won, (congrats), wouldn’t it be something if that same energy, money, passion, time and enthusiasm went toward the One who truly CAN bring “Hope and Change?”
As a citizen of Heaven, this is my last political post for another four years, when my American duty to engage in politics will kick in again. But I have very little power – just one vote – but I have a lot of power through the Holy Spirit to campaign for Jesus every day!
So today I am announcing a renewed effort to campaign for Jesus Christ, the best hope – not only for America, but for the World.
OK – I’m a political junkie… (if you don’t like politics, skip this post.)
Right now, here is the latest standings according to one of my favorite political pundants, Karl Rove: (click to view bigger)
I decided to download the iPad App FOX NEWS You Decide 2012 Map, which lets you track your OWN Electoral Map – (kinda cool, for politcal junkies, like me.)
I went ahead and played with it:
I gave Florida to Obama…
As much as it hurt, I gave up Colorado too.
But for reasons I won’t get into here, I took Ohio for Romney, along with Wisconsin due to the success Scott Walker has had despite three recall attempts, but gave up Michigan.
I gave up New Hampshire as well. The East Coast is too close to Washington D.C. to get what really runs this country.
And just to be generous, I gave up Nevada (though I expect a lot of Mormons to vote for Romney, I dont’ assume they are the majority of the state? But then again, there is Las Vegas values there too. So I just don’t want to assume.)
Then I took Iowa as good mid-western state with sensible people and due to tracking polls I’ve read.
The result shocked me. I’ve not seen anyone predict a possibility of this:
(Click to View Larger)
269 to 269?!
Oh, boy. Wouldn’t THAT be interesting!
The good news is, I think Florida is going Romney. But this would be a very interesting scenario!
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS A TIE? (very entertaining!)
I’m excited about this political season. I think it’s going to be a huge election that once again changes the direction of our country. I think our President and the main stream media are in for a shock come November. I think “Chik-fil-a Day” was just a sneak-peek of what is coming on election day. Electing President Obama was good for America historically but disastrous economically. Not everyone will agree, but that’s fine. I’m assuming most of my readers are Right-leaning; for those who aren’t, that’s OK with me. That’s the great thing about America – we get to vote and settle things peacefully in the voting booth. I don’t mind people who disagree with me politically, and I have good friends who do. I actually enjoy spirited political conversations – the Arena of Ideas is exciting and engaging. What frustrates me to no end, though, are uninformed and disinterested citizens who either don’t vote or vote based on one issue. That is a almost a crime in my opinion. It is a waste of the lives that were sacrificed to provide the freedom to vote and participate in our political process. When people resort to insults or name calling or tearing down their opponents rather than engaging in the discussion of Ideas or Policies, America suffers. I’d have no problem with opponents who disagree but hold to ideas or principles that they sincerely believe will better America. I just wish they would honestly look at the results of those ideas when they are implemented, rather than just the good intentions of those ideas. At the end of the day, ideas must be weighed by results, not intentions. Admittedly, there are successes and failures on both sides when you engage in a genuine evaluation of results. But unfortunately, not many people are willing to engage in the Arena of Ideas. Too often, people become the focus; either that, or slogans or snippets and sound bites. The Ideas and Ideology get lost, because Ideology can’t be explained in thirty seconds. It is rare to find an American who can explain his or her political beliefs or the reason they vote for their party beyond one issue or another, and I think that is tragic for our Nation. Most political ads and most political conversations center around the candidates (like Mitt’s taxes? Who cares!) rather than their ideas or the results of their ideas, and that is unfortunate. It is the ideas that impact our nation and our lives far more than an individual’s personality or “likeability.”
But I’ll stop rambling for now…my post is about the fact that I got to MEET both Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney in the past month. I list them in that order because that is both the order I met them in, and the order in which I favor them. I intend no disrespect to Mr. Romney, I’m excited about him, and will be voting for him. However, I have been especially impressed with Mr. Ryan and his principled stands for fiscal sanity in the House in the face of incredible opposition, and I am delighted that Mitt selected him as his running mate. I successfully predicted his selection months in advance, just as I did the “surprise” selection of Palin long before anyone else even thought she was in the running four years ago. (But that’s a story for another day .)
To top off getting to meet both Mr. Paul Ryan and Mr. Mitt Romney, I was able to shake their hands and have them sign my campaign hats!
Here is a video of highlights from when I got to go see Paul Ryan in Colorado Springs!
A few weeks later, I had the opportunity to see Mitt Romney. Since I went alone, I didn’t get nearly as many photos (the video features photos from my dad and his wife as well as mine).
Afterward, I shook his hand, and he signed my hat too.
I’m excited about a Presidential candidate who is a businessman, because he understands the ways that the government is currently hindering job growth. (As a business owner, I understand this more than most.) He understands that the government cannot create jobs. (The few jobs it can create in government must be supported by tax payers, so they create a greater burden on the real job creators.) I’m excited to have a candidate who will celebrate business and reward success and who has a clear and articulated plan and a proven record of working with politicians on the other side to get things done, rather than being so ideologically rigid that Washington gets frozen. (As it is now.) I believe we will see 1983 again like Reagen after Carter, which so few American remember (or study to understand) if they are too young to remember (like me). When the private sector is unleashed and isn’t afraid of its government, then the economy booms. When businesses are afraid of their government and afraid of succeeding lest they become a target, then they hold on to their money. They don’t invest, and they don’t hire. And that is exactly what has been happening for the past four years. That could all end if Mitt and Ryan are elected in November. Let’s hope enough Americans understand the real reasons behind why the economy has been so sluggish and once again give free enterprise and small businesses a chance to flourish!
The American Dream isn’t dead, it’s just been living in a nightmare for four years.
If you’d like to hear Paul Ryan’s speech from the event I attended, I video taped it and you can watch it here. Kinda nice to get more than the sound bites you hear on the news:
My eating at chic-fil-a today had NOTHING to do with my support for marriage being defined as that between a man and a woman, nor because I oppose gay marriage. BUT BECAUSE I AM AN AMERICAN.
If I ate somewhere because of my political positions, I would have to get rid of the MacBook Pro I am typing on, my iMac, my MiniMac, my MacBook Air, my iPhone, my iPad, my Apple TV, (even my Newton! LOL) and the countless Apple products my staff use and close my Christian non-profit business account I have with Apple who treats my Christian organization wonderfully giving me great discounts despite the very liberal (and often non-Christian political beliefs) of it’s owners, founders and probably a vast number of it’s employees.
But they make excellent products. And this is America – the Land of the Free.
Free to disagree with me. And free to create awesome products despite what we passionately believe religiously or politically.
That is America!
Have people FORGOTTEN THE TYRANNY our Founders FLED to found this country?
Chic-fil-a should ALSO be free to make chicken, sell chicken and it’s owner have political views that are different than what some liberal Chicago or Boston or San Franciso mayors and politicians may have and not face political and government threats.
I’m not eating at Chic-fil-a today because I agree with Chic-fil-a, but because I OPPOSE TYRANNY wherever I see it.
And I like a good chicken sandwich as much as I like my Mac.
(OK, I like my Mac a lot more, but that’s besides the point.)
God Bless America. And if you don’t believe in God, I hope He blesses you anyway!
I watched the world unite last night as Will Smith blew up an alien space ship that came to destroy the earth! What a great flick that was fun to watch again after so many years. It took a threat from beyond our world in that movie to cause not only all political parties, but all nations to set aside their differences and unite against a common enemy.
In our current political climate, I wonder if even aliens could distract us from the current strife that besets us. Times are troubling – and I’m not one that believes we ought to just all hold hands and sings Kum-Baya. I do believe the very future of our Great Nation hangs in the balance with this next election – but on this 4th of July, I won’t take the time to point out how or why as I suspect most my readers share mu values and concerns, and agree that while we ought to be engaged as citizens of this Great Nation – and try our best our turn back the tide toward what our founding fathers intended…
As a Christian, I am also a citizen of another Great Kingdom. And so on this day, while I celebrate American’s Independance from the tyrany of the past, and hope to fight off any potential tyrany in the near future – I also celebrate my Dependance on my Sovereign God who determines the Rulers of the world, their rise and their fall, according to His Grand Purposes. So even if and when things don’t go as I would like in the affairs of men, my trust in His Plan is solid, so I celebrate Dependance Day first, and Independance Day second.
For I am a Citizen of Heaven first, and an American second, but proud to be FREE to be BOTH!