Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Venting

Is the world going to end? Nope.

Am I terribly upset about Obama winning? Not really, because it wasn't much of a surprise. I've been seeing it coming for weeks or months all over the net and blogosphere. I actually do read quite a bit of political stuff even though I don't post on it much. I've seen alarming numbers of Christians praising Obama. I've seen lots of others determined to vote for a third party candidate.

No, it wasn't a surprise.

However, I am tired of Christians making me feel guilty for not being happy about the election results. I keep hearing and reading how we need to remember that God is in control, and He put Obama into office. People who say these things often imply that we need to be at perfect peace and even cheerful about it.

But you know what? Jesus wept. I can weep, too. When God brought famine, disease, and war on nations, His prophets were not happy. Sometimes they were pleading for mercy on behalf of the people. They were not rejoicing even though it was God's will that punishment be served.

This country has asked for Obama, and now we have him. But I don't have to be happy or excited about it. Nor is my sadness a sign of not trusting God. I am fully aware that God is in control. And I have trusted Him in ways that few people will ever be tested in. I'm not a stranger to faith. I am also aware that sometimes God gives people what they want in order to teach them a lesson.

So, no, I am not happy about Obama winning. I am not rejoicing, and I don't feel a bit guilty for my lack of enthusiasm. I do have joy and peace in my Salvation. I am not depressed. But I am sad, and perhaps . . . Perhaps God is sad, too. If He is, then I am in good company.


lauralavon said...

I agree, my friend. Men have choices, and our nation has chosen image of substance. It's very sad.

Greg said...

Sweetheart, I keep thinking of this verse: "For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth" (Romans 9:17). God sometimes sets up leaders that He disapproves of, in order to use them as an example. I hope for Obama's and our sakes that this is not the case here, but there's plenty of precedent in the Old and New Testaments.

Sadness, and even anger, at unrighteousness and sin are not only OK, but a natural part of being a child of God. Our part now, as always, is to trust, pray, and obey, in continuing to bring as many people as possible to Christ.

OK, back to work for me!

nitewrit said...


I think the reminder that God is in control is worth stating, but I am not sure why a Christian would say this was an event for rejoicing. It is perfectly all right to be sad for the right reasons.

Obama ran on a promise of hope. When the world saw all those people listening to his acceptance speech what did the world see? They saw tears and joyful smiles. Obviously, one can understand the tears in the eyes of the African-Americans at seeing this achievement, but there was another reason the world saw tears and smiles on everyone no matter what their race. These people believed in this man, he was there hope. And what was this hope? Some undefined change.

You know what I saw in those tears and smiles? I saw the lost who were seeking salvation in the wrong place. My friend who is not a Christian and did support Obama, even put it in those terms, a salvation, and he is estatic, believing this man will solve all the ills and prejudices and injustices he ever felt directed at him in life.

This is sad, because this brief high and hope will eventually lead to waves of disappointment and sink their joy in the sand of disillusion. These are the people all around us every day whom we need to reach with the real "hope", that of the Gospel.

There is no shame in being unhappy about the results of this election or even angry at what it may portend for our country. You have no reason to feel guilty. Perfect peace, I have, because of whom I have believeth. Cheerful about the situation in the world, no, there is no delight in that.


Anonymous said...

I kept thinking about the Bible verse where it says, (paraphrased), "That He turned them over to the desires of their hearts." People want "change" and "hope", but I think they will be surprised at the changes that result.
I wasn't surprised at the results, only disappointed.

Grace said...

Amen. :) As soon as I heard the news, my first reaction was to ask the Lord for forgiveness, for the saints & for our country. How far our country has fallen! But let us not lose hope, but fix our eyes on the Author & Finisher of our faith. He will bring beauty from ashes, redemption & reformation from this election.

Thank you for the post! It is good to know we aren't alone.

Tamela's Place said...

Hello Farrah,

Amen! I am definitely not happy and i likewise do not feel guilty about that. WHat saddens me more than anything and also makes me somewhat angry are those who call themselves Christians and yet was part of placing this man in office. But like i said on my postm God is with His own and we can rejoice in Him alone. He is our hope and our salvation not Obama. May those who call themselves Christians come to remember this once again.

Blessings to you Farrah Tamela :)

Anonymous said...

Well said, Farrah. I have been thinking this week of when God wanted to reign supreme and Israel wanted a king. They got what they asked for, but in the end it wasn't at all what they wanted.

Connie Marie said...

Well we watched the election in Hawaii and election day was the darkest, most dismal day I've ever spent in Hawaii! No sunshine all day and it was easy to be dismal about it all. I stand with you Farrah.