Friday, November 07, 2008

Political talk

Okay, I'm going to start out by saying that I think most of you already know where I stand politically, and most of you probably don't agree with me. So you are forewarned, and if you don't want to read this, that's fine. :) Also keep in mind that I certainly don't think politics should interfere with friendships either. I don't agree with...well, probably most of my friends, but I'm certainly not going to stop being friends with them! :) So these are just my views, agree or disagree, I'm not trying to really attack anybody.

So, most of you knew that I don't believe in voting for the lesser of two evils, therefore I wasn't going to vote for McCain just to vote "against" Obama. And I didn't. If we had more write-in capabilities here in North Carolina, I would have written in someone, but since I couldn't do that my only option was to not vote for anyone. And no, I don't consider that a "wasted" vote. How would it be better for me to throw my vote to a candidate I don't really want to vote for? That's like, know, scratch the analogy. I'm not very good at analogies. I just wish there was a "none of the above" option on the ballot.

I voted for all the people I felt like I could vote for, and I am upset that McCrory didn't win the gubernatorial race. :( I liked what he had to say, while Perdue mostly just said she was going to fix the problems, without giving any details as to how she was going to do that. Oh well, she probably won't be any worse than the current governor.

Anyway, Obama will be our next president and I don't think the world will come to an end on Jan. 20th. I think he's going to have an awful lot to try to fix, but I don't think anybody, Democrat or Republican would find that easy.

I've heard lots of people saying they're scared by the way crowds of people are so adoring of Obama...personally, I find it much more scary when Christians are acting like that. Like when Huckabee was still in the race; (and I've got nothing against the man, or supporting a candidate you like) I'm sure he would have been great, but it was a bit disturbing the way some groups of Christians were almost obsessed with him. Of the people who are adoring Obama, what do you expect? A lot of them have no God, and they think this man may be able to save the country. He won't, he is human, and after we see what happens or doesn't, some of these people will calm down and be more realistic.

As far as Obama taking over the government and becoming a dictator, I haven't heard him say anything that made me think at all that he was going to try to do that. And we do have a government with many regulations that would take a lot to overcome! Nor have I heard him say anything at all against Christians. We have had Democratic presidents before that didn't decide to round up all the Christians. As well, government is rather inherently corrupt, and I don't see why one party would be more likely than another to decide to take over. The so-called conservative Republicans have been almost as liberal as the Democrats.
I think maybe with a liberal in office, the conservatives will actually pay more attention to what's going on instead of just assuming that everything's fine, because "our guy" is in office.

To clarify, I don't agree with Obama, but I didn't like McCain's policies or behavior any better. As far as saying Obama's a socialist...what he's been saying is simply what the Republicans would call various other things. I mean, really, social security? Medicare? What about the bailout package? Was that really the government's responsibility? And then to claim they won't raise taxes...that's simply not possible. But anyway...

I also want to address something to Christians (who are the majority of my blog-readership) this any sort of witness when we panic and decide the world's coming to an end? Does a democrat winning mean that God is no longer in control? Of course not. The Republican party is not our salvation!!! Christ is our salvation! All men are sinners no matter what party they are affiliated with. God is sovereign and it is His will that the election went the way it did, and He has control over what will happen next.

"The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD,
Like the rivers of water:
He turns it wherever He wishes" Proverbs 21:1 (NKJV)

Absolutely nothing in the future has changed by the result of this election. Is our God so weak that the party in office even matters?! No, but we aren't acting like that! What does it say to others when we have such a fear and respect for government? Certainly we are to "render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's" (Luke 20:25), but we aren't to fear the government. (Matthew 10)

"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul:
but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" Matthew 10:28

And perhaps this is to be a punishment of the country. How many times in the Bible did God raise up a wicked ruler to punish His people who had wandered from the truth? He is not a merciless God, but the church in America has strayed very far from Him.

Or...maybe nothing scary at all will happen! We may simply have four years of nothing being accomplished. And while we do need things accomplished, we wouldn't be any worse off.

So there you have it. Feel free to either comment or silently complain to yourself as you wish. ;)


mandolinartist aka amanda said...

You are right, what was planned by THE KING has happened and will happen. Our president will only be a tool in God's great 'work of life,' regardless of his name or party.

On the grand scheme of things, I'm not sure the answer is not to vote. I wonder what would happen if all Christians or conservatives decided not to vote.

I am hoping this election will teach 'conservatives' that a conservative candidate needs to actually be conservative and a strong candidate at that. I'm interested to see what will happen in 4 years or 8 years.

What an election to be your 1st!

Tom said...

What would happen if conservative Christians quit voting for the not all that conservative Republicans? Perhaps we'd get a viable 3rd party going. But as long as we're willing to vote for the lesser of two evils, what are we going to get? More of the same.

Maybe this defeat will cause the Republicans to consider who they are and what the stand for. Probably not. There's already talk that they were too conservative and that's why they lost. Yea, right!

In the meantime, when they do provide a good candidate like McCrory, our Republican candidate for governor, (whom I did vote for) then I'll be more than happy to vote for them. I just don't believe in voting for a candidate simply because I dislike his opponent.

Scott said...

Interesting thoughts Tom. I agree with a lot of what you say concerning the liberality of McCain and a lot of the leaders of the Republican Party. I also agree with you that I hope the Republican party realizes we need a conservative and not a democrat in sheep's clothing. I do not see how a third party would solve that problem realistically, however. Would it not just be a mirror image of the existing parties? Why 3? Why not more? If we had a 3rd party, assuming it was Christian, would it be reformed or would we have to vote for an Arminian or Charismatic? Either way, we would, in the long run, be choosing the best of the worst or "the lesser of two evils." On a positive note, I do look forward to the rule of Christ on the Earth, in which we won't have to make such decisions.

mandolinartist aka amanda said...

I definitely want to exercise a right that has not always existed and may not always exist...

As far as the parties, on the NC ballot we had a libertarian and a write-in spot. I know in other states they had an Independent, like Perot, and a Green party. Statistically, extra parties or several parties just seem to skew the vote. I guess the only way we could get someone other than a Democrat or Republican would be for another candidate/party to campaign as much and become as popular during the election.

There may be a time or election when both parties are truly evil and will only bring pain and trouble, so I respect your view. However, I often mention the Amish, in Pennsylvania, around election time. They don't believe in voting at all, and while Pennsylvania is almost always 'liberal' in their vote, the Amish would definitely change this if they voted, as well as other Anabaptist groups in other states.

I guess I look at an election like this... We have 2 choices. We are going to get one or the other. A vote is simply stating a preference.

Lauren said...

hmmm i definitley disagree with you on the lesser of two evils thing. One the other hand what you had to say about God being sovereign i definitely agree with. :) I think that as christians we have to remember that ultimately, our citizenship is not on earth, but in heaven. :)

photogirl said...

Natalie - I know I'm way late to be commenting on this post...yeah, like a month late...=) but I think you did a great job stating the truth! I feel the same - people should vote for whom they want in office...not the lesser of two evils. It's complicated no matter won't it be great to be in the Lord's kingdom where we won't have to worry about such things?! What a relief! =)