This is kind of a mix between an open letter, an editorial, and a call to arms. I'll hit a lot of subjects about this past week.
First of all, I must congratulate Barack Obama for being elected to a second term in office as the President of the United States. I know that it was a tough go, but you made it, so congrats.
I understand that there are a lot of people that aren't happy about this development. In fact, my Facebook news feed was flooded by people showing their displeasure for the outcome. And truth be told, I really have no problem with that. However, I did have a problem with the incessant name calling by those not happy with the results. Some of my friends called Obama voters "stupid." They claimed that voting him President would cause an influx of doomsday type thoughts. Voting one man to be president doesn't make the universe any closer to Armageddon. God is in control, and if He wants the world to end, He'd do it, no matter who the president is. Also, you'll still have a job more than likely. Also, no one is going to take your paycheck and spend it on health insurance and food stamps for lazy people.
I couldn't believe my friends, and in particular my fellow Christians throwing insult after insult upon the people that may have voted differently from them. It honestly hurt my heart. Christ never once told us to rip people apart for their political beliefs. People actually questioned the Christianity of voters who didn't pledge their allegiance to Romney the second he won the Republican nomination. Personally, I don't think a Christian should want a Mormon to be a leader of the nation. I hate to break it to you, but Mormonism is a divisive and terrible group that does nothing to advance the kingdom of God. For a Christian to be okay with him kind of scares me.
I'm also not happy with my Obama supporter friends. It's mostly because they've been fairly obnoxious about this victory. They were also quite annoying with the whole, "Republicans hate women" rhetoric. I'm fairly sure that most Republicans like women. In fact, I'd say they possibly like them a little too much after some stories I've heard. Just because a Republican says he doesn't like abortion, doesn't mean he hates women. Maybe they want the baby to be alive more than the pregnant mother to be relieved of her responsibility. Yes, I know about the whole equal pay for equal work controversy, but I'm sure most Republicans believe that everyone should be respected to the point that they get equal compensation.
Look, I'm just tired of seeing hatred and venom being spewed for the sake of it being spewed. I'm bothered by Christians not using Christ's example of praying for those in charge of us. "Give to Caesar, what is Caesar's" isn't a suggestion. It's a command. We are to give our leaders our undivided prayers and support, no matter how much they've hurt you...even though them being president isn't what you wanted. We are to give our leaders respect. What happened to respecting the office of the president? I'm seeing everyone call our president horrible names. That's not how Christ envisioned it.
Please be with our President. Supply him with wisdom to do his job to the best of his ability. Help us to remember that spewing hate will not get your kingdom any bigger. Forgive us for being so involved with our selfish desires that we don't think about how we're making You look in the process. Thank you for this awesome nation where we can vote and make our voices heard. Allow us to show our future generations how special it is to be an American and also how important it is to vote. Never let us forget that You are ultimately in control. Thank you for all you've given us.
I didn't do half bad with this.