Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day 2012 Mullings

So, it’s here at last. E-day. Time to rock that vote!

While we anticipate waking up tomorrow (or staying up through the night) to learn who our President is, we’re already being warned that it could be a few more days.

“O frabjous joy! Callooh! Callay!”

Whenever the totals are tallied and the dust is settled, the reality is that one man will emerge as our President.

I can say with confidence that regardless of who that man is, I’m not going to be in a panic if it’s not the one I voted for. Nor will I thumb my nose at the “other” camp if the tide goes with my vote.

But I wonder about how others will handle things.

Watching the posts on Facebook and reading the comments tacked on to online articles, it looks like many people are going to be awash in anger and adrift in disappointment.

My hope, however, is that all of us can pick ourselves up, dust off the campaign detritus, and find a way to work together to support the man our nation elects to lead us.

No “spiking the ball” or end-zone antics from the elected side.

No grumbling, accusing, or conspiracy spinning from the other side.

Rather, let’s shake hands, congratulate one another for surviving the merciless acrimony, and – together – hold our elected officials accountable.

Regardless of who wins today we need our elected officials to serve us, governing on our behalf, instead of nurturing their egos and fueling their never-ending campaigns.

It’s time to let the vitriol abate and replace it with conciliation, cooperation, and uncommon common sense.

The hateful bickering at every level by all parties (as well as their supporters and detractors) has been exceedingly wearying. Let’s be done with it already.

Still, there are some I know will have a hard time of it.

I have friends and acquaintances who are diehard Obama/Democrat/Liberal detractors, diehard Romney/Republican/Conservative detractors, and others who, as best as I can tell, are detractors of all sides.

What they all have in common is that they are all strongly and irrationally anti many things, while not being clearly for anything positive. They are vehemently resistant to reason and suspicious of cooperation.

My gut sense is that no matter who our President is or what party holds a majority, these people are never going to be happy or satisfied.

Why? They live in a self-fueled milieu of fear, anger, paranoia, rumor, and distrust that seems to provide a tenuous sense of self-importance.

I’m praying they’ll be able to move on and be okay. But that's up to them.

Like I said, I’ll be fine whatever the results are.

As I stated in my previous blog post:
…on November 7th, regardless of who wins office, we must remember: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1, ESV).

Just because your candidate won or lost the election doesn’t mean you no longer are obligated to love your neighbor – who voted for the other guy – as yourself. As Paul reminds us, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (Romans 12:18, ESV).

Vote your conscience. Honor God. Love and respect your neighbor. Seek peace and justice for all.
Of course, you can always vote for Mr. Bean!


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