Last night the result that pretty much everyone expected to happen happened. But here are some thoughts of mine about it all.
- No matter who you voted for, you have to recognize the historical significance of the election.
- I don’t understand why we have the electoral college system. I mean, people call this a landslide victory, but Obama won about 53% of the popular vote. Even with Reagan’s landslide victory in 1984 (525 to 13), he still only got 58.8% of the popular vote. That’s a messed up system.
- I kept watching Facebook status updates last night. They made me laugh
- They ranged from “I’m moving to Canada” to “I’m quitting to work to get free money” to “Now our country is in the right hands” to “I’ve waited for this all my life”.
- Some people got really nasty in their comments on Facebook.
- Someone told me I shouldn’t be laughing because God isn’t laughing about it.
- But I think that I should trust in God much more than who has or is going to be living on Pennsylvania Ave in D.C.
- The President is just ONE MAN. Lots of people thought Bush was a screwup. But he alone didn’t ruin the country. Nor will this man ruin it or save it on his own.
- I’m still amazed by people who voted either for or against him because of his race. And I think there were plenty on both sides.
- McCain is a great American. His speech last night earned him the respect of tons of people.
- Someone was shooting fireworks off in my neighborhood last night.
- In the end, I’m going to seek God’s Kingdom first no matter who is President.
- And I believe followers of Jesus are called to pray for their leaders.
- And for the record, I didn’t vote for either of the two main guys…
The other night I ordered pizza online at Domino’s. I love it that way. Order online, pay for it, and then either have it delivered or pick it up quickly. So smart and sweet. There’s even a status bar to show you the progress of preparing it, cooking it, and boxing it up.
But last night when I placed my order they had some extra questions for me. And from those questions they gave me their Saturday results on how people were answering election based questions. So as you can see below, if Tuesday’s presidential election was decided by people ordering pizza online from Domino’s on Saturday, November 1…Barak Obama would have a substantial victory.
[also, is anyone surprised to see the Philly Cheese Steak leading the country too?]
I have been a subscriber of Relevant Magazine for about the last five or so years. It is a magazine aimed at Christian 20/30 somethings, but is not overly cheesy or cliche. I really like it. And I like their website a lot too. There’s new stuff up every day and they have great new music to find too (along with some older favorites). But the editor/publisher, Cameron Strang, has been sort of in the public light recently because of his acceptence and then decline of an invitation to pray at the DNC. He covers that quite effectively here.
But his First Word column in the magazine is usually a well thought out perspective on some important issues. The column in the Sept/Oct issue is a real thought provoker I believe. You can read the entire article here, but I’ll include a few quotes below as well. Let me know what you think.
I’m someone who tries to think independently and objectively, rather than simply follow what the pundits tell me to think. Because of that, I’ve realized I cannot fully embrace either political party. Both sides of the aisle have some great ideas and goals. But both also have areas where they simply get it wrong…
The problem is, many Christians vote these convictions, but that’s largely where their personal involvement in the issues stops. Are the government leaders we vote for meant to do our job for us?
I’ve heard that only 5 percent of people who attend church regularly actually serve in any way. I’ve read that if every Christian in America actually tithed 10 percent of their income, we would have enough financial resources to wipe out global poverty.
There’s more power lying dormant in pews around the nation than any government could hope to provide, and that’s where our focus should be.
If you have a passion for an issue, rather than judging someone who doesn’t share that passion or viewpoint, just go do something about it. Give your life to it. Be the change you want to see.
It’s not up to Washington, it’s up to us—and I say it’s time we step up and lead the charge. But that means with our lives, our finances and our actions every day. Not just Nov. 4.