Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Imagine the potential
Today, Barack Obama will be sworn in as President of the United States.
I, like many of you, am not thrilled about it.
I don't know if Obama will be better for the economy, I certainly hope so. If he was not tough on terrorism before, I have to believe a meeting or two with the NSC will change that. I am pretty sure he will raise taxes, but that is to be expected. I defy his stand on gay marriage, but let's get real - we only have our own straight selves, with our divorce rate and cohabitation and illegitimacy statistics, to blame for the disintegration of marriage in our country.
Those issues do not keep me awake at night.
What does keep me awake in the dark and make me sick to my stomach is his pledge to make the Freedom of Choice Act his "number one priority" as president.
More than the economy, more than the war, more than terrorism, more than education, more than poverty, more than any other issue, he has pledged to make it as easy as possible to kill any unborn child with absolutely no restrictions.
There are ways to fight this, which you can view here.
To be honest, I am not terribly hopeful. I think that Obama fully intends to dance with the pro-abortion proponents who brung him and has a worshipful Congress eager to twirl around him in a choreographed praise dance.
So I am devastated. But I am not surprised. It's politics y'all. It is a man-made institution, and all man-made institutions will gravitate towards sin, especially politics. Big fat shocker.
What has surprised me, and saddened me, is the hypocrisy I have seen arise out of this from - step back - my fellow Christians.
Now I was a vociferous opponent of Obama to anyone who would listen. I did not, however, blog about it because I did not feel that this was the forum. And I sure didn't want the comments to start. I am taking a big risk by being as blunt as I am being now and I do NOT want this blog to cease being a safe place for people to come and a comment war would ensure that. I have dear friends whom I know are believers who voted for Obama. Even though I don't understand how they got around the abortion issue, I know their hearts. I am not saying that you cannot be a Christian and vote Democrat - I used to be one myself. I am only voting Republican by default and have about as little faith in elephants as I do in donkeys (because hello? It's politics.)
What got me so irritated, however, in the weeks leading up to November 4, were the emails that I received from so many of my Republican brothers and sisters in Christ all riled up about Obama.
Because after I read each long eloquent email, my thought was,
What have you done to prevent the 11 million abortions that have been performed since Bush was elected?
What are you going to do to fight abortion the other 364 days of this year?
When was the last time you sacrificed your time or comfort to help an abused, unwanted child?
When was the last time you lovingly presented an alternative to a desperate pregnant woman?
What are you doing to be the hands and feet of Christ to half a million born children in foster care today?
My friends, we must realize that government will never usher in the Kingdom of God.
N E V E R.
It is not the job of government to usher in the Kingdom of God.
This is our job.
When Jesus walked on Earth he was amidst a culture as base, obscene, immoral, depraved and godless as our own, if not more so. And not once in the gospel did he say, "Beloved, vote/campaign/email for the candidate who will care for the widows and the orphans."
That's our job.
I believe that we can extrapolate widows to mean many single mothers. And y'all, the orphans outnumber the non-orphans in our society today. Did you know that if only 7% of professing Christians would adopt a child, there would be no more orphans in the world?
Every crisis pregnancy center in this country is in need of volunteers, and money. Every one.
I am actually a little excited about the opportunities created by Obama being elected. I think that the Church has gotten a little lazy in the past eight years, thinking we had an "in" in the White House. We need to be awakened and I think an Obama administration will be a great alarm clock.
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