The people have spoken. As of this moment (7:30 a.m. EST, November 7, 2012) we’re still waiting for Florida to decide who takes it’s electoral votes (sigh . . . and I live in Florida and voted by mail two weeks ago). I’m just glad it’s not about the chads that created such an uproar in Florida in the 2000 election. Until Florida decides (97% of the votes are counted as of this moment and the race is neck-to-neck with Obama slightly in the lead by approx. 46,000 votes), the total electoral votes are (drum roll, please . . .)–Obama: 303 (taking 59,412,740 popular votes) and Romney: 206 (taking 56,884,533 popular votes) as of 7:30 a.m. EST. So, Florida, at this point, it’s all over but the shouting (and we are all thankful it’s not about chads!!!).
Well, you have to admit, President Obama does have a great smile!!! Congratulations, President Obama, on your reelection (and I sincerely mean that, too)! While I did vote for the other candidate, God is still on His throne in Heaven this morning and He’s not surprised, and the people have spoken. Let’s see what you can do with another four years (and I don’t envy you your job, either).
I would personally like to submit a request to you, sir, if you don’t mind. Can I have a job now? Please??? I’ve been unemployed since April 21, 2009 . . . and I’m incredibly bored and going broke fast (my unemployment checks ran out–after 99 weeks–back in May 2011 and I’ve had NO INCOME (and no food stamps, either–they say I don’t qualify–go figure as I don’t have a stockpile of cash anywhere) since that time. I don’t even qualify for Medicaid (and can’t afford Obamacare in 2014, either). Guess I fall in that “black hole” that a bunch of other folks are in, too. We need help, sir, and I hope you can help us really, really soon.
For the 56,884,533 voters as of 7:30 a.m. EST this morning who woke up a bit depressed (and while that count does not include those in Florida who have not been added to it yet, it does include those of us who have been adversely affected by the outcome), I want to share some good news (yes, there is some good news) that Dr. Charles Swindoll wrote in a devotion some years ago about the election results that occurred at that time. Here goes:
Sure Cure for P.E.B.
There’s a new virus going around. It’s called P.E.B.–Post Election Blues. The symptoms? Oh, stuff like moping around, whining, and feeling a mixture of self-pity, resentment, and smoldering anger, and even entertaining thoughts of moving to Tahiti or Australia because your candidate didn’t win.
Well, I’ve got new for you. That won’t help. The best antibiotic is to buck up, stand firmer than ever on the solid rock of God’s sovereignty, and face the future with renewed confidence–no matter who’s in office. Nothing that happens in this old world–even in the election booth–surprises or frustrates our Lord. These words are still in the Book: “for not from the east, nor from the west, nor from the desert comes exaltation; but God is the Judge; He puts down one, and exalts another” (Ps. 75:6-7).
Somehow those words are easier to read when my candidates get elected; they stick in my throat when the other folks get in! Ever notice that?
And then I happen across Solomon’s proverb: “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Prov. 21:1).
Remember Daniel? He lived victoriously through strong and weak national leaders, yet he didn’t hesitate to declare that “Heaven rules” and that it is the living God who “changes the times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them” (Dan. 2:21; 4:26, NIV).
So, then, I suggest we start thinking theologically and acting responsibly. Both are hard, hard work. That’s right! Recovering from a bad case of P.E.B. requires being hardy.
The man or woman who is hardy can withstand adverse conditions, is firm in purpose, and has a vigorous outlook on life. We might say that many missionaries and most mountain climbers are hardy folks. The hardy person remains productive under difficult situations, all the while maintaining emotional, physical, and spiritual health.
It should be remembered, however, that hardiness is not an inherent attitude, temperament, or gift. It is a quality that must be consciously developed.
And it’s the best treatment for the P.E.B. virus–and a number of others!
Measure your own “hardy” quotient. Do you measure up?
When I discovered shortly after midnight last night that my candidate did not win, I felt relief. Not relief because my candidate lost, but relief because the whole election thing was finally over and a decision has finally been made and now we can get on with the business of trying to the best of our abilities to move this nation forward in whatever little or big part we may play.
I have to admit that in my 60 years on this planet of ours I haven’t paid a lot of attention to politics; mostly because it is just too frustrating and I didn’t have the stomach for it (aren’t you glad I’m not an elected official?). Except for a few years during the hippie era when I “came of age” I’ve always been a conservative. Always will be, too. And while I’ve gone back and forth registering as either a “Republican” or an “Independent” (mostly as a “no party” or “Independent” as I’m not even close to being wealthy), I do not believe you can give away the kitchen sink, either (“free for all” is really “free for none” in the end); however, believe it or not I did spend a couple of years as a registered “Democrat” during that hippie era. It must have been those raging hormones (women have them, too).
However, America is in serious trouble, folks, and the people have voted to reelect President Obama. These next four years will be the most crucial years we’ve ever experienced in America since it’s inception and I truly believe they will be taking us where we’ve never gone before. Is that a good thing? I don’t know, but I do know one thing and that’s this: God has spoken through the election process here in America and the majority of the voters (almost 60 million for President Obama as compared to almost 57 million who voted for Gov. Romney, sans the Florida results as they are not yet in) have reelected President Obama.
President Obama is our Commander-in-Chief and regardless of our feelings (pro or con) about the election results, he will continue to be our Commander-in-Chief for the next four years. As Romans 13:1-5 (MSG) states:
“Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.
“Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you’ll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you’re breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren’t there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That’s why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it’s the right way to live.”
Because we live in America and we get to vote for our elected officials, that gives us an incredible freedom that most of the world does not experience. And because we can vote, there will always be those who win and those who lose (both as candidates and those who vote for them). That’s a part of the process. Regardless of how we may individually feel about the election results, we need to show a deep respect for those who not only won, but also for those who lost. Name-calling and denigrating candidates should never be a part of the political process (although, unfortunately, it is in a big way every election cycle). In the past few decades we have come to disrespect authority in all of it’s various forms and that filters down to how we treat each other, too. We can disagree, certainly, as that’s what America and freedom of speech is all about, but we should still respect each other and the candidates who have been elected and/or reelected and including those candidates who have lost.
To President Obama and all of the others who have been elected and/or reelected, I wish for you the very best in governing to the best of your ability over these next four years, and I will be praying for you that God gives you wisdom in all that you do and the decisions you make. Oh yes, by the way, we (the red team) still have the majority in the House of Representatives, and that’s to keep you on your toes (just a little humor) . . . checks and balances.
And to Gov. Romney and all of those who lost in the election, this country still needs all of you (as well as all of us) to help America get out of it’s deep, deep trouble. Please continue to do everything you can to help America and Americans move in that direction, even though you can’t do it from a political office. And thank you for caring enough about this country to run for office. My prayers go with all of you, too.
With all of that being said, I, for one, am glad another election cycle is over. Now let’s all of us move forward and do whatever we can to help improve this country of ours–and getting along with each other is a good place to start. That doesn’t disallow for disagreements, but let’s remember respect when it comes to dealing with each other.
And now I’ll end this post with a quote from Winston Churchill for newly elected and reelected folks to chew on:
“The inherent vice of capitalism
is the unequal sharing of blessings;
the inherent virtue of socialism
is the equal sharing of miseries.”
~May God Bless America~
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