Well Election Day 2012 has come and gone. This election cycle may go down as the most deeply divided we have seen. It will surely go down as the most expensive in history and by a large margin. Finally, after months and months of hype, prevarication, spin, surveys and pundits, votes have been cast and counted, and for the most part, winners decided.
Some will be happy with the results, some disappointed. Many failed to participate and thus gave up their right to be either. Already some prophets of gloom and doom have proclaimed God’s judgment upon this nation. That is their right, but I reject their proclamations.
As I look back at these first post election hours, I am both encouraged and concerned. Despite profound disagreements on major issues, the elections were accomplished peacefully. There continues to be concern over the issue of election fraud, and there is a need to address this in a way that is both fair and effective. (By the way, from the accounts I have seen, the UN observers were astonished that we would allow people to vote without verifying their ID.) There were also scattered reports of election law violations at polling places. These seem, for the most part, to be more cases of overzealousness rather than malicious intent, so let’s identify the problems, take corrective measures where needed, and move on.
For me, the greatest concern is the apparent lack of participation by the church. Early exit poll results seem to indicate that participation by those who self identify as Christians even lower in the past. Worse, many who did seem to have sacrificed Christian values on the altar of political correctness. Perhaps a part of this problem is that many pastors have avoided things political. This was not always so, certainly members of the “Black Robe Regiment,” members of the clergy so influential in the early days of this country would certainly disagree with such actions. (For more information on these ministers this is a good place to start: What is the Black Robe Regiment? ) I have already shared my views on this here, and here, so for now I will only state that it is not only our right, but our responsibility in a democratic republic form of government such as we have, to actively participate in that government. That means to express our opinions, vote, and if so inclined, run for office. When “we the people” fail to do this, we abdicate our rights to special interest groups or worse.
So now we go on. President Obama will continue to be president for four more years. Hopefully, he will provide better leadership reaching out to Republicans and working with their leadership in a spirit of unity and compromise to solve the many problems we face. Likewise, I pray we will see both chambers reaching across the aisle to tackle those issues so critical to this country.
One thing is clear; neither party has any kind of mandate. The race was hard fought over major issues and in the end, was very close with less than five percent of the popular vote separating the candidates. If any message is to be taken away, it is that support for current policies is underwhelming. The same old same old in Washington is not acceptable. Our legislators MUST work together, regardless of party, to deal with the very real issues we face. I pray that they will do so, and if they do not, that “we the people” will vote them out next time. Their job is to represent our interests. If they fail to do this, they are not doing their job, and we their employers owe it to ourselves to fire them and hire someone else.
Am I happy with the results? No, not really. Personally I would have liked to see many, even most of the incumbents fired. They have not been doing their job and this is not acceptable. (By the way, that includes all of our local congressional delegation.) Am I concerned? Not at all, God is still on the throne, and He is still in charge. I will look to Him, and I will continue to pray for protection and guidance for our elected officials, and yes, for them all to come to a saving knowledge and personal relationship with our Lord Jesus.