Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Now THAT Is What I Call Hope...

Whether or not you agree with Obama's politics, reading this article brought a little tear to my eye. Even in my cynical state about our country, I still have enough youthful exuberance to feel as if I am a part of something greater than myself by casting my vote today. It is rare that I will say that about something political, but there you have it.
It was my very first presidential election today, and I felt pretty important to get to be a part of something big, no matter who wins the election.
As a side note, I think that it is important as Christians to remember what the Bible says about respecting earthly authorities.
1 Peter 2:13,14,17
Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right...Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.


paul said...

Indeed, this was a big election, the sort that will go down in the history books. America has made a significant decision, one which will, perhaps, shape her future for decades to come. Regardless of my preferences and my own vote, President-Elect Obama deserves our congratulations for a tremendous personal achievement that symbolizes a major victory for many who have felt voiceless for a long time. As he assumes authority and responsibility for the leadership of the nation, I pray that I am able to support him and submit to the direction that the country takes. Like Dr. Groothuis, though, I cannot help but lament. That is the tension—even anguish, sometimes—of dual citizenship.

clb said...

I'm not celebrating too much, but I'm certainly not lamenting like Dr. Groothuis. I weep for the deaths of the innocent unborn, but I also weep for the deaths of so many from a war which I have come to view with cynicism. I'm trying to come to a bigger view of "pro-life" than just "anti-abortion".
But I obviously respect the views of my wiser Christian brothers and sisters, even if I do not necessarily share their vehemence.

paul said...

Time will tell how Obama's leadership does on both fronts. I wonder if the body count will go up in both cases since pulling out of Iraq prematurely could result in greater bloodshed than our six-year occupation has. Anyway, I hope and pray for the best!