I voted. The candidate that I voted for did not win, and I was frustrated about that for a short time, but I’m over it. President Obama will be the leader of our nation for another four years and I will support him as our leader. I don’t agree with all of his policies, but I also do not believe our nation is going straight to hell with him at the helm for another term.
Here is my thought process: I voted for who better lined up with my convictions. No matter who is president, I serve The One who is higher than him. When issues that I care about come up for vote, I will let my congressmen know where I stand and trust that they vote according to what is best for our state. I probably won’t agree with every decision that our leaders make, but until they try to make me personally go against God, I must respect their decisions.
God raises up leaders. We, as a nation, play a major part in bringing people to power in America. Once the decision is made, we must remember that our God is King regardless of who we elect as president. Many of my friends who voted for Romney had similar responses today, and I think that it is healthy to find comfort in God as our ultimate leader.
I do not think it is healthy to act and respond like the result of this election is the beginning of the downfall of America. I sincerely doubt that President Obama will destroy our country over the course of another four-year term. At the same time, I get equally frustrated with the gloating of those who voted for Obama. There are sore losers and sore winners. Neither approach brings about good. Social issues become more polarized, arguing elevates to fighting, and any kind of thoughtful discourse is defenestrated until both side calm down and decide to act in a civil manner.
I plan to pray for our president, just as I have done over the past four years and the terms before that. I will respect his leadership and the decisions that are made in our government. I will voice my opinion when appropriate, and glorify God through it. I will not use my opinion as a soapbox to gain reputation or popularity. I will obey the laws of our land unless they go against the laws of God. I will not judge those who disagree with me, but rather accept them as they are and try to show the love of Christ though my actions. If problems arise I will not cast blame, but rather pray for The Holy Spirit guide our leaders to solutions.
Will you join me?