What I’m Wondering After Election Day

So it’s the day after Election Day, and like many Americans, I woke up with a hangover of apprehension, defeat, and reservation, yet hopeful because of God’s sovereignty in everything.

That said, here are some things that have been running through my mind:

  • How and when (if at all) will the drastic change in American politics affect me and my family?
  • Now that Obama has achieved the “change” he so fervently (and exorbitantly) campaigned for, what is he going to talk about? All he’s talked about for the last year is “change,” but I’m having a hard time imagining him talking about anything substantial now that he got what he wanted.
  • Further, what will his re-election campaign be based on? It obviously won’t/can’t be “change.”
  • How do Obama supporters explain his commitment to help America’s less-fortunate, yet spend nearly one billion dollars to ascend the throne of the presidency? How does that jive?
  • What will Hillary Clinton’s role (or Bill’s for that matter) be in the Obama administration?
  • How many other inexperienced and unimpressive Democrats won their races merely by riding on the coattails of Obama and other prominent Dems? Case study #1: Glenn Nye has (most likely) pulled off a major upset in our Second District of Virginia, defeating incumbent Thelma Drake. I attended several debates/forums between these two, and Drake wiped the floor with Nye each time. But he has seemed to ride the coattails of Obama and Senator-elect Mark Warner to his own stunning victory.
  • How do the major media outlets project states? Namely, how can they project a state to go to Obama with less than 10 percent of precincts reporting though McCain was in the lead, while in other states (like Georgia), they can’t project McCain to win even though he has a healthy lead and over 60 percent of precincts reporting? How does that work?
  • When will mainstream American media stop trying to hide their “objectivity?” It’s sickening. I don’t really care if they are biased one way or not, as long as they don’t try to make it seem like they are objective. For example, ABC News last night interviewed three high-ups in the Obama campaign and zero from McCain’s. The three main analysts (Gibson, Snuffleupagus, and Sawyer) were drooling over Obama, yet still tried to maintain an air of objective reporting.
  • His political views aside, I love watching and listening to former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
  • It is really great to see an African American win the presidency for the first time ever – witnessing the history books rewrite themselves is always exciting. As a young, white, middle class male, I admit that I don’t understand everything this means, but it’s still pretty cool.
  • Would the results be different if voters were required to take (and pass) classes on American history, the Constitution, taxes, government structure, abortion, domestic and foreign policy, etc.?
  • I love Ken’s list of winners and losers in this election season, and Adam’s reflections on the election.
  • I have to give props to Obama’s campaign. It was smooth, powerful, and brilliantly effective. We were contacted by Obama supporters probably a half-dozen times and zero times by McCain supporters. Obama’s campaign really utilized the power of personal contact, traditional media, and especially new media technologies.
  • Almost everyone I voted for lost, including the Virginia Beach Mayor. But if Obama cuts defense spending like he says he will, the Hampton Roads economy is in big trouble and it won’t really matter who is mayor of Virginia Beach.
  • I wonder how bad the winters are in Canada.

In closing, after meditating on the verses below, my faith and trust in God’s promises were renewed and refreshed. It’s comforting that because of God’s sovereignty, his Word, and his King set on Zion, we can confidently say:

“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord;
He directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.
All a man’s ways seem right to him,
but the Lord weighs the heart.”
Proverbs 21:1-2

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together,
Against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
‘Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.’

He who sits in the heavens laughs, the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,
‘As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill’…

…Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
For his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuse in him.”
-from Psalm 2

“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
-Revelation 22:20

3 thoughts on “What I’m Wondering After Election Day

  1. Thanks to the changes in my body and mind secondary to pregnancy, I have crazy dreams every night. Last night all I dreamt about was Obama and his presidency. It was a long night. Then when I got into the shower this morning I started a list in my head similar to yours. Then I got to work and had a long conversation with my co-workers about the election. I find out that all 6 of these women are conservative, did not know this and I think to myself…how do we get such pockets of conservativism and liberalism? This whole process has been enlightening and disheartening all in one fell swoop. I particularly resonate with your comment about the correlation of election results and people taking a test on the constitution and US history (I think that’s what you wrote.).

  2. I, too, have fond feelings for Giuliani whenever he’s not wearing a Yankee hat. People who make over $150,000 a year should not be allowed to wear baseball caps of any team.I, too, have been meditating on Proverbs 21.1, since early October. Whenever I am tempted to despair or to burn more energy than politics truly warrant, I dwell on the sovereignty of Jehovah.Dad’s commentary on Proverbs 21.1 was helpful to me. He says that the essence of the simile is the effortlessness with which the Lord changes the will/mind/words of a king. Dad says that the imagery one should have is that of a farmer re-directing water in an irrigation ditch. It is with the ease of kicking a clod of dirt that our Lord commands the ‘ruler of the free world.’Dad’s sermons on the book of Acts have also been especially helpful to my soul this November. The most common theme that Dad is drawing from the book is that of Jesus Christ ruling from heaven.Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

  3. It is also humbling to consider the Christians throughout history that have taken comfort in reading the verses you quoted.Can you imagine the Christians under Nero assuring one another that the Lord had appointed the same Cesar who was buring them in tar at his parties?Can you imagine the Christians in England who were slaughtered under Bloody Mary preaching on Proverbs 21.1?Can you imagine the Hugenots, or modern Chinese yearning for the day when Christ returns?At best we are going to be subject to a President who will likely make abortion permenantly legal, probably not do anything to protect the sanctity of God-ordained marriage, and has socialist ideals.He is not (yet?) coming after Christians with militant force. I cannot even imagine a day when the lives of Christians will be threatened by a government of the United States. For this I am grateful.

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