Thursday, September 27, 2012

Weighing in on the Election

I have refrained from blogging about the election for some time now because I've essentially been observing what is going on on all sides. I have found myself amused, angered, saddened and at times confused by the arguments of some and the behavior of all. I don't make myself out to be any more than I am but the fact that you read here makes you, at the least, curious of my views and opinions and I only feel it is fair and right to share them.

I believe that this is and will be one of the most pivotal elections in our Nations history. I would dare say that after this election, America will either return to the more godly values of our past or slide further off of the slippery slope that we have positioned ourselves on.

At the onset, let me be clear, I am not, nor have I ever been a fan of this President. The only joy that I have taken from it is the fact that America looked past its racial history for once and elected a person of color to the office of POTUS but to be honest, I'm extremely disappointed that it was this Man that benefited from it.

I realize that in this Nation we are all free to voice our opinions, (at least at this present time) and that our opinions do not have to align. We are different and that is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. I am not one of those that say, "I don't see how a Christian can vote for ____________" To be honest, I'm not at all happy with Democrats or Republicans but also, to be honest, the reality is that one of those parties will sit the next POTUS. I may wonder how moral people can vote for an immoral man but the fact is that we are not electing a Pope, or the Leader of a Denomination. We are electing the Leader of a Country and in that fact, I believe we should vote on the conscious of our heart and the content of the character of the Man, not the Man that is the character.

I will not be voting for Obama based upon those reasons. It has nothing to do with Birther issues. While I do not believe he was born in this Country, at this point, what difference does it make? If we find him guilty do we get the past 4 years back? What's done is done. It has nothing to do with his race. In fact, that would be the only reason why I would consider voting for him. It has everything to do with the way he has led or as I believe, misled this Country over the past 4 years. I'm sick of being apologized for. I'm sick of the attempts to bring us into a socialist form of government. I'm sick of the fact that he has undermined religious freedoms in ways that we will not realize for many years but the fact is that one day, if God tarries, we will.

So what is my/our choice? The only other legitimate choice is Mitt Romney. While I'm not a big fan, I do face facts and the fact is that either Obama or Romney will occupy the White House in 2013. I get amused at people that worry that he is Mormon. Hey people, it's either a Mormon or a Muslim, face the facts. They get worried that he might wear "mormon underwear" in the Oval Office. Again, facing facts, Bill Clinton did enough without underwear in the Oval Office to make that a moot point. ;<) Oh yeah, Romney flip-flops on issues! You mean like Obama did concerning gay marriage when he sensed one position would give him more votes?? Oh yeah, I forgot, Romney ships US jobs Overseas. Never mind that it was a Democratic program called NAFTA that made it advantageous to do so.

Personally, I will be voting for Mitt and will be doing so, essentially for 3 reasons. 1. He is not a "Chicago" politician. 2. He is a Business Man that has the ability to Lead and 3. He is not Obama   I don't know that he will draw us closer to God as a Nation but I feel like Obama and the Democratic party as a whole is attempting to lead us away from God. The last I checked, the blessings of God upon a Nation were dependent upon the prayers of His people and regardless of who wins, WE SHOULD PRAY. When I heard the Democratic convention shout "no" 3 different times at the attempt to put "God" and "Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel" back into their platform, it pretty well sealed the deal for me that unless there is widespread repentance in that party, I will never vote for it again.

Yes, I realize that there are "other" Candidates. No doubt, some decent and even honorable men but men without a snowballs chance of winning and in my opinion, a vote cast for them or a vote not cast at all, is a vote for the status quo. While you may feel better about it, you will still end up with Obama. If you are OK with that, I don't judge you. I might think you are nuts but that would be something we have in common.

At the end of the day people, VOTE! Vote your heart, vote your conscious and make your vote count. And before, during and after you vote, pray for our Nation. A key reminder to remember is that God's Word teaches us that no one is ever placed into political power without God placing him there. The question is will He give us what we deserve or what we yearn for? The answer is in showing up and voting.


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