I am SURE you have all been waiting with baited breath as to my thoughts on the election! I have purposely waited a bit to let everything settle down. No doubt it was a wild ride leading up to the election itself, but we can be thankful that it all ended peacefully and was well ordered around the country. We can be thankful that we live in a country where there is a regular and ordered transition of power as one president WILLINGLY (and you would have to add sometimes: thankfully) steps down and another steps up. Here are a couple thoughts:
1) I am excited to see how well President Obama will be able to lead us. He certainly has great intelligence and has shown himself very politically savvy. I am sure that many good things will come of his presidency.
2) It is interesting that although Obama has claimed mantle of the Presidency with a percentage that exceeds the winning percentage of most recent presidents, it seems all to easy to forget that over 47% of the American people did NOT vote for him!
3) Those Christian (and other) Moral “conservatives” who were disappointed in Obama’s victory did receive a bit of encouragement in the three state referendums to enshrine the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. They all were passed, most importantly in California. One of the very important things to realize about these referendums was that they simply reserved the “word” marriage for the legal relationship between man and woman. A gay or lesbian couple has the VERY SAME legal rights as any heterosexual married couple in California. They just aren’t “Married”! (In another blog post I will discuss this further.)
Anyway, although there are definitely “major issues” that I and the church have with the viewpoints of Barak Obama concerning abortion and other life issues such as stem cell research, etc., (I will be waiting for all you to come down with me to the March for Life in January!) I am thrilled that this country was able to elect an African American to the Presidency. I am wary of this countries euphoria over his election and any sense that somehow Barak Obama is going to “save” our country. We need sober and measured and difficult decisions in these difficult times. But taken altogether, even though I am as always very cynical about anything political, I am looking forward to things being done a bit differently in Washington. Whatever your political leanings, we need to PRAY for our country’s new leaders!
ADVENT THEME THAT I WILL BE SHARING WITH YOU ALL: “The Hopes and Fears of all the Years are Met in Thee Tonight”
EXCERPT FROM A PIECE ON ADVENT FROM THE WEB SITE “FIRSTTHINGS.COM”:
Back in the early 1890s, William Dean Howells published a funny little fable called “Christmas Every Day” in one of the most popular venues of the time, St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls. Once upon a time, the narrator explains as the story begins, “there was a little girl who liked Christmas so much that she wanted it to be Christmas every day in the year.” What’s more, she found a fairy to grant her wish, and she was delighted when Christmas came again on December 26, and December 27, and December 28. Of course, “after it had gone on about three or four months, the little girl, whenever she came into the room in the morning and saw those great ugly, lumpy stockings dangling at the fireplace, and the disgusting presents around everywhere, used to sit down and burst out crying. In six months she was perfectly exhausted, she couldn’t even cry anymore.” By October, “people didn’t carry presents around nicely anymore. They flung them over the fence or through the window, and, instead of taking great pains to write ‘For dear Papa,’ or ‘Mama’ or ‘Brother,’ or ‘Sister,’ they used to write, ‘Take it, you horrid old thing!’ and then go and bang it against the front door.” – “The End of Advent” by Joseph Bottum
FINALLY: Have you ever really thought about WHY you go to church (or don’t go?)
This morning I sort of reviewed and updated and reformatted a brochure I wrote a few years ago called “Why Should I attend Church?” You can download and read the pdf file HERE.