Before going further, let me say that I congratulate President Obama on a successful campaign run and once again offer him my prayers as he guides our great nation. I do not agree with him on most all of his policies, especially the social ones, but nevertheless he is my president and I will pray for him. The book of Daniel states that God raises up kings and puts them down. There is much debate on whether God allowed Obama to be installed as judgment upon America. Some have likened him to Hitler, Mussolini, and even the Anti-Christ. And to each his own. But I will say that regardless of how Obama became president in respect to God's involvement or non-involvement, God has allowed it if by no other means but by the exercising of our own free will. My own opinion of the President is that he is a good man who loves his wife and kids and who honestly believes that what he is doing will help America. I certainly don't agree with his belief in that fact, but will admit that Obama the man has a certain likability about him.
Let me also say a congratulations to Gov. Mitt Romney. He too ran a tremendous campaign. I did vote for him despite my questions about his faith and his seemingly flip flopped decisions on abortion and so forth. He was not my first, second, or third choice among the GOP Primary candidates, but nevertheless I found it more acceptable for me to vote party platform especially in regards to social justice over the candidate and eventually wholeheartedly threw my support behind him. After reading Gov. Romney's book, I also found myself liking him as a person. Despite what I believe to be disillusions in regards to his faith, Romney is no doubt a very moral person who also loves his family dearly. I think I would enjoy a dinner with the man.
All that being said, I wrote and spoke to several pastor friends over the last few weeks and told them that I had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that the election was already over and that Obama would definitely win. I won't say that it was the Holy Spirit telling me this, but I can say that unlike 2008, I had complete peace as I watched the results last night. I had peace in the fact that I had already prepared myself for what in my heart I felt was going to happen. I also had peace to know whose hand I rest in and to whom I belong. What four more years of the Obama administration will look like, I don't know. I think we have to be careful not to get overly emotional and radicalize our stances. Politically speaking, many presidents being re-elected tend to work towards cementing their legacy. And even the left leaning President Bill Clinton found himself moving towards the middle in his last term. That may happen with Obama or he may become even more radical than before. If one believes that, the good thing is that the balance of power at least for the next two years hasn't changed. It's as if the election didn't happen politically. The Democrats still control the White House and the Senate. The Republicans still control the House. More squabbling is expected.
What takes place politically is yet to unfold. Numbers will continue to come out and things will continue to be said. But we don't need to be distracted by politics at a time like this. Lost in the shuffle of fear mongering, doomsday theology, and Armageddon Eve conspiracies is the true spiritual implication and barometer reading that last night's election gave off. Last night's election was an indictment against the church. And the numbers show the election was over before it began . . . .
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