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.

NEEEEEEEEEEEEVER.

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.

Let's go.






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54 comments:

  1. Let's go, indeed! So how did we write the SAME post?! Oh, I'm scared, as I said, to be volunteering at the CPC. I have fears on many levels, but it's time for change.

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  2. Right on, Missy.

    And I love that you used the word incendiary. :))

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  3. Amen!

    Through a few tears last night, I was praying for God to fill the heart of the new president and be his guide. As I was saying this He reminded me that I MYSELF needed to step up and be guided by Him as I seek opportunities to be a voice for the unborn and others in need.

    Thanks for this post...I'll be praying for you and others as we "go!".

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  4. I completely agree that we need to be doing more. God does command us to care for orphans and widows, yet many church-going people ignore the fact that there are children in desperate need of help in their own cities. For more on how to help foster children and other kids in the Houston area, check out www.childadvocates.org. I volunteer as a court appointed advocate for abused children and one person can make a difference!

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  5. You go girl! I love the adoption of foster kids. We thought we weren't done and then we kept running into brick walls and so we thought we were done but last night I was wanting another one. The birth mothers of my children may have had lots of problems but at least they chose life instead of death for those precious babies.

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  6. Amen! You and others have given me much to think about.

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  7. Oh, Missy- I was just thinking about what a tremendous opportunity we have (and frankly have always had) to reach and serve others.

    But with great opportunity, great opposition will always ensue, so let's put on our shoes of peace and our garments of praise and get out there in our every day lives.

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  8. Very well said, Missy. Thanks for speaking up!

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  9. Hi, Missy. I'm usually more of a silent stalker around here (I know... I know... bad, bad!) but I just had to bring myself out of the woodwork to say, loud and strong, "AMEN!!!!"

    Now is the time for us all to step up and be the hands and feet of Jesus!

    Well Said!!

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  10. Amen, sister. And again, Amen. You rock. :)

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  11. I agree with you to a certain extent missy. being a woman that went through the heartbreaking experience of having an abortion (there were many things that led to that decision), i am obviouly pro-choice, but i do agree with you that we as citizens and as children of god need to do more. We need to not just focus on abortion but how we can prevent it. If anything we need to work on the structure of the American family. With time's being as hard as they are, their is no parental guidance or control due to parents having to work 2-3 jobs to survive, so many youths just go do whatever they want without consequence..i know Obama is not going to come in a wave a magic wand and make the world rainbows and sunshine, but i do hope just like you that with this being a very significant election and the times that we have went thru the last 8 years that this will put a fire underneath everyone's butt to be more proactive about their country and doing something to help it.

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  12. Beautiful Post. I am right there with you on this. I'm not a big writer, but you took the words right out of my mouth!

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  13. Great post...great attitude! Thanks for the encouragement to do more. Have a great day!

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  14. Great post. You know I'm right there with you, sister. And we can't forget the power of prayer.
    "…The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective" (James 5:16).
    Our country, these babies, need our prayers!
    I think Thursday is the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. We can use that day to fast and pray fervently for God's forgiveness and mercy.

    And then you are right, of course. We need to open and search our hearts about what else we can do for these mothers and children.

    Good post.

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  15. Preach it sista! This subject is on my mind constantly. I'm excited to see how God's going to move the church in these upcoming years. I totally agree that we have gotten a bit lazy...

    Oh, Jesus, come, come!!

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  16. I loved everything you said, Missy. I've been thinking about all these things so much of late. It's so easy to sit in the comfort of our homes talking about all these ideas and making judgments about what should be happening or what "christians" should be doing or believing...but so hard to remember that we are indeed called to be the hands and feet of Jesus...to actually be out in the world helping and loving people like Jesus did - giving hope not making the situation worse by being self-righteous! So many things to ponder...good for you to have the courage to say them! I'm definitely going to be looking for ways to be hands and feet in my own community...

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  17. Hear, hear! YES YES! And AMEN to everything here. Let's let our theology meet our reality (as Beth says), and let's BE His Resurrected Body to women who are in need of hope.

    I loved this.

    Thanks for being a safe place and a great friend, even when we disagree.

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  18. Perfect. Perfect. I agree completely!

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  19. What a great post. You've put it well...I spent the better part of late October having bad dreams about Obama being elected, so I understand what you're saying. What you've written is so true, though...the comfort we take from having "our guy" in office makes us lazy servants. Thanks for the wake-up call...it needs to be heard...by all of us!

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  20. What a great post. You've put it well...I spent the better part of late October having bad dreams about Obama being elected, so I understand what you're saying. What you've written is so true, though...the comfort we take from having "our guy" in office makes us lazy servants. Thanks for the wake-up call...it needs to be heard...by all of us!

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  21. Absolutely wonderful post and call to action! We do need to pray for God to change the president's heart and we need to take action ourselves. Thank you!!!

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  22. I agree! My heart is heavy just thinking about the "realness" of this change we are about to step into.
    I am also amazed at the near worship that Obama is relishing in. It is mindboggling!
    What in the world?

    Thanks for speaking the truth....I've watched so many believer's fall into the "new" administration spell.
    I'm praying...

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  23. Thank you for this uplifting word. You put into words what I feel in my heart today as I watch this unfold. I ran across your blog a couple weeks ago and it has given me so many laughs and brightened my day. Bless you!

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  24. AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! May God intercede in a big way with what is happening in this country.

    Blessings,

    Ohilda

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  25. I love that "Big Fat Shocker" statement :) SO true.

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  26. Many years ago I volunteered in a crises pregnancy clinic in Miami, FLA.... It was tough, but it was what I felt led to do.

    I have been studying The Mystery of History in our home school. We read about MANY evil kings who led Israel. God used each and every one... for His glory...even though they were not following Him. I just continue to take comfort in knowing that Obama is just a man in an office. He cannot move the hand of God.

    I think you are right about our laziness in America.
    I think we have put our trust in a man, President Bush, at times. After all I trusted him....

    Thanks for this post, Missy!

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  27. this is a well-put and solid. thanks for your thoughts...as they reflect my own as well. thanks for having the courage to post it...love it!

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  28. Did you hear President Obama's speech today (I did...instead of class, we watched the inauguration...and I wonder...is that what I pay $25,000/year for? But I digress)

    And I quote "...the willingness of parents to nuture children..." I guess he and I have a different idea of what it means to nuture.

    Anyway, I loved what you had to say. My heart has been open to adoption since I was 14 (I know how you feel about her...but I owe it to Oprah) and it was basically a prerequisite to marriage. We just have to get our ducks in a row!

    BTW: does this mean that you'll be practicing what you are preaching? Because its about time for another baby in your house...otherwise OE might go out of business!

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  29. he will be in bed with more than just pro lifers. He was given so much money for his campaign....that's a lot of people expecting favors. I pray for America tonight.

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  30. No matter who sits in the Oval Office, my God sits on the throne. That's where all believers' hope MUST lie. I posted about this very same subject today, too.
    p.s. Hadn't seen that clip at the top...AWESOME!

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  31. Well said. You encouraged me and you were dead on. What am I going to do to show Jesus....Thanks Missy!

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  32. what? you too? I thought I was the only one!

    ;-)

    Thanks for this post. So comforting.

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  33. I don't know why anyone makes such a big deal about politics. God's work will move forward no matter who is in office. All we can do is pray for our leaders to make the right choices and then do all we can for God in our sphere of influence. We have to let go of what other people do or choose and commit to spread good ourselves. And that means not judging unfairly or turning our political beliefs in to hate. That happens way too often--on BOTH sides.

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  34. Well said Missy. I'm glad you broke format to say it so well.

    I did vote for Obama, and do believe that he will accomplish some good things while in office, but I have to say that it wasn't easy. It IS politics afterall. Choosing between the lesser of two evils if you ask me.

    Anyway, at the end of the day I DO believe that the fate of abortion rests in our hands, not in our presidents and I guess that is what swung my vote in the end. Because I am hoping that he will at least make more resources available to those who do a lot of the footwork.

    I am a little disturbed to hear that this is his "number one priority" but as many of the posters have said, God's work is so much bigger than the presidency. We as Christians need to stop getting so caught up in it, and get to work.

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  35. Today, it was SO hard to watch the inauguration, because of thinking about the babies, and our country's acceptance and willingness to further abortion...

    I think you might be interested in something my friends are starting: to fund adoption by missionaries, to present and encourage adoption as a positive alternative to abortion... www.thezoefoundation.com

    They themselves have adopted three little girls (so far!) and are just amazing...

    Thanks for writing!

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  36. Wow, I loved where you started and where you ended with that. Thanks!

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  37. What a great post! You have given me a lot to think and pray about - what am I going to do as one of God's servants?

    Thank you for having the courage to write this post and to write it so well!

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  38. I have to confess. I read the first sentence or two of this post yesterday and moved on, because I am a believer and a Democrat, and didn't want the argument.

    But I came back this morning and read the rest of the post. Yes and amen. This is my frustration with Christians and abortion all the time - it is a CAMPAIGN ISSUE. It's not going anywhere, because then, how would Republicans get the conservative vote? All they have to do is say the "a" word and everything else is ignored. It drives me crazy.

    But I do believe abortion hurts everyone involved, mother and child alike. And that everyone who cares about seeing it eliminated should be involved in foster care or adoption or supporting single mothers. Otherwise, stop talking.

    Anyway, what a great post. I'm glad I finished it.

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  39. You are so right Missy. I cried when Obama was elected. I sulked all day yesterday when he took office. What I need to do is ACT. Go out there and DO something about the innocent lives that are being thrown away. Thank you for that reminder.

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  40. Speaking as a child adopted into a Christian household, someone who is now married to a minister and raising 3 kids who love God, I cannot say enough times how RIGHT this post is.

    I linked over here from "A Mom's Life." I'm so glad Beth is sending people over here!

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  41. Missy~
    What a bold voice for the unborn. I will be passing this on to my friends. You have lit a fire that most of us would rather just extinguish, but as a Mom of 3 living and one I will never know because I regretfully took its life away in a cold hearted clinic...AMEN,AMEN,AMEN.
    Love you sista,
    Lelia

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  43. Hi from the tiny Democratic readership of Its Almost Naptime! I am so glad many of you are passionate about the sanctity of life. We need many moms to care about these issues, and so much more. Poverty and war are also killing millions of innocent women and children, both born and unborn.

    Some of you cried when Obama was elected; I cried when I saw the "Shock and Awe" bombing of Baghdad on TV and thought of the mamas there trying to shelter their little ones from the sounds, and from the bombs.

    Peace to all of you.
    JSJ

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  44. This post really hit the nail on the head. We sometimes do a lot of Christian posturing, but not a lot of action. Well said.

    Xandra

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  45. I totally get that Jenny.

    I see the hypocrisy from the left on the other side - many Republicans care for the unborn only one day every four years - and many Democrats care for the poor only one day every four years.

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  46. Well this was my first visit to your blog and I have to say I'll definitely be back! I agree 100% with what you said. Good for you for taking a stand and saying what needs to be said.

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  47. I am sitting here with chills up arms and spine. I couldn't agree with you more. Obama is our alarm clock. It's time as Christians to wake up and fight. Amen, Amen, Amen.

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  48. bless you honey. what a great post. Christ wants our hands and feet and hearts to do the volunteer work and to wrap around the hurting frightened people in this world.
    luv you

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  49. Hi my name is Grace and I am a Democrat. ;-)
    (I am very anti-abortion.)

    Thank you for a wonderful post. It is thoughtful, challenging, self-critical, non-judgmental. Fabulous. Thank you.

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  50. Um, this is a fantastic post. I can't believe I hadn't read it yet, but I'm glad you linked to it today because.... it is FANTASTIC.

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  51. I am a Democrat in a VERY Republican state and therefor hear a LOT of things (mostly very negative) about President Obama and a variety of issues. When I began reading your post I almost stopped. But I kept going. And boy, am I glad that I did. Thank you for not preaching about what "those people" (ie: all Democrats) are doing wrong, and doing to spite Republicans and to ruin the way of the American life. But for reminding ALL of us to focus more on what WE are doing, in our every day lives, to follow the Bible and the steps of Christ. Thank you.

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