It is finished...for now!
by chris_sanchez
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November 15, 2012 11:18 AM | 1386 views | 2 2 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

It’s been a more than a week now and regardless of your preferred results, the sun has continued to rise and set each day since then.  Ah, politics in America!  By and large America has sent the same bunch back to Washington D.C. to try and tackle the nation’s problems.  Something about the definition of insanity comes immediately to mind but I will save that for another time.

For now at least, the political commercials are over and our elected officials are coming to terms with having to work together until the next election.  At the national level, there is no shortage of things to work on.  Republicans would do well to remember they have been sent to represent We the People.  We sent them back because the majority of us still believe they are capable of getting the job done.  The Democrats would do well to remember that Mr. Obama won re-election by a mere 340,000 votes spread over four states.  Hardly a mandate for much more than working with the other branch of government We the People have just elected in my view. 

A few suggestions as the holidays approach.  First, go patch up those relationships that were damaged by a very divisive campaign season.  We all have people in our lives we do not see eye to eye with politically yet they are still friends or even members of our families.  You knew about those differences before the election and little has changed so holding on to bitter feelings is kind of silly.

Second, regardless of which candidate you supported for president, the whole process will start all over again soon enough.  If you supported Mr. Obama, remember he won’t be on the ballot in four years so gloating will not serve you well.  If you supported Mr. Romney, complaining about a flawed candidate or some other reason as to how he was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory serves nothing.  Americans did not reject conservative ideology, they rejected Mitt Romney.  Learn from this cycle and be ready for the midterms!

Finally, Christians ought to turn our focus from politics and back to sharing our faith, serving those among us in need, and demonstrating the reason for the hope that is in us.  It makes no difference which political party controls the White House, Congress, governor’s mansion, etc.  Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.  

Christopher is a recent graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary of Liberty University where he earned the Master of Religious Education. He also holds MBA Finance and BS Management degrees. A former resident of Powder Springs, Christopher and his family now reside in Woodstock. Having enthusiastically embraced social media in 2007, he blogs regularly at www.chris-sanchez.com and is very active on both Facebook and Twitter.

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Lib in Cobb
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November 17, 2012
Correctin: Next to last sentence in first paragraph.

Should read: It takes more than the religious faithful to elect a president when the associated political party has badly misunderstood the American voter base.
Lib in Cobb
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November 15, 2012
Chris, yes you are correct, President Obama will not be on the ticket in four years, that's the law. Romney as a candidate was badly flawed because he and the entire GOP did not properly evaluate the American electorate. Romney and the GOP lost because they were beaten badly by a superior candidate and not because of the comments from Mittens involving "gifts". The GOP managed to alienate, the African Americans, the Latino population, the women, the middle class, the poor, the elderly, the sick, the uninsured, the LGBT, the unions and many voters who saw their right to vote challenged. It takes more than the religious faithful to elect a president when the opposition has badly misunderstood the American voter base. Romney and the GOP wrote off 47% of the electorate and Romney validated that as a personal core belief in his tele-conference with his big donors, post loss.

Americans did indeed reject the conservative ideology because we re-elected President Obama. I a very content atheist and I do not share your conservative values at all, especially since those conservative values mean limitation to so many worthwhile people. President Obama won in a nationwide election by 3.5 million votes and by 126 Electoral College votes. That is a mandate. The majority of voters in the US gave President Obama the mandate he deserves. I will suggest that you look up the word "mandate".

What has amazed me about people who hold as sacrosanct the conservative ideology, is that those same people are more than willing to place significant restrictions on others. Those people are more than willing to limit someone else because they are female, they are gay, they are dark skinned, they pray to a different deity, they are from a different country. Please tell me, what limitations would Jesus put on anyone, or would he welcome them no matter the difference? I will remind you that Jesus was most likely dark skinned and of course he was Jewish. Dark skinned and Jewish would automatically make him suspect by many of the Christian faithful of today, especially in The Bible Belt.

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