Did You Vote?

Some Biblical perspective.

First, our hope has to be higher than human society, politics, government, churches, or wars.

Psalm 146:

3 Do not put your trust in princes,
in mortal men, who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD his God,
6 the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
the LORD, who remains faithful forever.

Second, it matters greatly to the Divine Spirit what kinds of values we support.

7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets prisoners free,

8 Tthe LORD gives sight to the blind,
the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,
the LORD loves the righteous.

9 The LORD watches over the alien
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

Sad to say, it is my considered and well-established judgment that a vote for McCain – Palin is effectively a vote to continue
— dishonesty and nastiness in political campaigns
— irresponsible belligerence in relation to friends and enemies around the world
— increases in infant mortality, childhood disease and death, mortality among young mothers, and – yes – even increases in abortion rates around the world
— wildly irresponsible fiscal policy, including pouring 100’s of billions into rat holes (where it turns out many of the rats are already-wealthy and already-powerful Americans)
— intolerance and hate-talk
— religious leaders misleading us by their obsession with political power and avoidance of the actual teachings and moral priorities of Jesus and, as illustrated above, of the Old Testament writers.
— lying by top officials to promote policies and adventures the people of this land would not otherwise approve of (e.g. our invasion of Iraq)
— How long could this list be!!

Gladly, we can say we have serious candidates for the top two political offices in this land who represent a much higher level of integrity, skill, commitment, energy, and even of intelligence.

It seems to me that, even though no one is perfect and no political system will ever be “perfect” (whatever “perfect” means), we still have a responsibility to choose to move our nation (and thus the whole world) in the direction of integrity, intelligence, discipline, love, hope, moderation, appropriate forcefulness, etc., when given the opportunity.

Obama represents all of those good things, and is a Christian and true family man as well. We really have no choice.

That’s why I voted for Obama – Biden (and for Scott Kleeb for Senate) a few weeks ago.

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  • Connie received yet another email from a friend with links about Obama. The sender asked Connie’s opinion and this is what Connie wrote.

    Once again you have a very carefully orchestrated video which contains a lot of misleading information. For example, it shows a guy on Hannity and Colmes saying that Obama refused to sign a bill that would protect the life of a baby who survived abortion, but he does not mention that all of the Illinois Medical Association agreed with him because it was already a law in effect in Illinois. This has been clarified over and over.

    What do you think about people who twist and misconstrue things to try to frighten us?

    I strongly recommend that you do your own research and not listen to these email sources you receive.

    Did you know that my doctor begged me to have an abortion in the 5th month while carrying Chelsea? I was 95 lbs. and very close to dying. When I declined, he ordered me to Denver Medical Center (it was the closest hospital which would accept someone without insurance) for the remaining months of the pregnancy.

    Do you ever wonder what would cause 50,000,000 women to seek abortions in the last 35 years? That’s the question that Obama wants to find out. That’s what we need to know. We need a change in the policies and practices and promotions in our country that are causing this sad epidemic. There are a lot of justice issues involved that cannot be solved with the Pro-Life agenda. We need to go deeper than that.

    As far as the scriptural quote about choosing life, just remember that the war hungry candidates you favor are killing far more than soldiers in enemy lines. They are killing innocent children as well.

    America is not righteous. As a country, we have committed horrible terroist attacks – one example is the 100,000 people we killed in Japan with that bomb. Yes, that was a long time ago, but why should Japan not see us as terrorists?

    It is absurd to think we have to hold “Country First” as the McCain campaign proclaims.

    How about “Jesus First” and “Love your enemies” “Pray for those who persecute you” “Turn the other cheek” or “Find a way to stop the vicious circle of war.”

    I have to say, I am quite saddened by your Governor Palin. I certainly do not trust her, and do not see her as someone who could lead with the sober, intelligent, insightful direction we have been so lacking in the last 8 years.

    The Religious Right is an embarrassment to those who are truly trying to follow Christ. It is filled with manufactured lies and power seeking players who have hijacked the Christian Church. Sarah Palin is a strong adherant to the Religious Right.

    Again, I strongly urge you to do your own research.

    With love and friendship,

  • Not this time.

    I guess it’s time to explain why I don’t respond to electoral topics.

    Basically, I think national elections are rigged (local or state may be another thing).

    Furthermore nothing about the defining documents of this nation eliminated aristocracy. None were sent to the guillotine. They rule to this day. I’ll recommend Kevin Phillips’ book AMERICAN DYNASTY as a good effort at detailing the yet extant authority of the English Crown-related US aristocracy over all matters.

    If you want to find out who they are, follow the money. The ones who have a chokehold on the economy and the common currency are indeed a very small community. They have been in power, mostly, for centuries. When stock markets crash they buy up the ruins for pennies on the dollar.

    Presidents, for one thing, are just the sock puppets of the US aristocracy. The real decisions are made by people I bet most readers here never study: the International Monetary Fund and World Bank (managed by US powers), the Trilateral Commission, and others.

    The two party system, for another, allows the common people to be divided and conquered.

    Such is the deadly state of affairs now polluting civic relations in the US, that people (sadly incapable of nuance) abide by strict axioms along the lines of two-party presidential elections: righteous, unrighteous… and that along the sole axis of abortion. What they don’t know is how much outright butchery is committed by the very people who author the abortion contentions.

    The people fail to realize they are being manipulated with tawdry state-sponsored press, to hate one another. By this, the people focus on one another as the culprits and the aristocracy remain invisible. This is, I honestly believe, the entire reason the people of the US (and elsewhere) are encouraged by the aristocracy everywhere to falsely believe that they enjoy democracy. It polarizes the common people at the ground level, blinding the US citizenry in particular to the activities of those henchmen really at work (e.g., emptying the US treasury).

    And what does Scripture teach about these dissensions?

    Galations 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    Dissensions, anyone? Factions? Such characterizes the effects of campaigns. I’m not saying voting is wrong, but polarizing public wrath seems to qualify as trouble here. I have pored over the Aramaic definitions ad nauseum and I don’t see any way around it. The two party system is but an illusion of democracy used to provoke the common people to wrath against one another. This is why, for instance, most people are unable to figure out the utter witchcraft of Wall Street, instead accusing various races of causing the mortgage crisis (which is really a solvency crisis in the highest banking institutions).

    Finally, on a secular note, remember how in 2000 when the election was supposedly tied, everyone ran around aping one another’s question: “what is the electoral college?” This was the teachable moment. It is not, after all, the citizen vote which determines the election. Studied state by state, it is pretty evident that the electoral college can well be bought and manipulated.

    Therefore a splendid illusion of democracy by phony national elections throws people at each other’s throats, when in fact the issue is not even in the hands of the people.

  • My husband got to cast our vote for Obama/Biden first thing in the morning today. The turnout was far greater than I’d ever seen at our precinct, but was impressed me the most was the peaceful feeling, a new sense of freedom from the “spirit of fear” that had dominated previously. I will never again feel like my Christianity is defined by whether I side with the Right or not. I will never again allow anyone to manipulate my vote by conjuring the spirit of fear. Today I cast my vote with a clear conscience, and in gladness, optimistic that in Christ all things are possible, and that He did not give us a spirit of fear.

  • “Don’t kiss an elephant on the lips today.”

    That’s the advice from the fortune cookie I got at a carry-out Chinese place this noon – believe it or not.

    Good advice!