Wednesday, November 07, 2012

To the victor...???

Now that the 2012 election is over and we are looking forward to 4 more years with President Obama, I feel the need to reflect and project.

I believe that our nation is becoming more divided. At almost every level of our culture we experience divisions. The United Methodist Church is even so divided that we are divided on whether or not we are divided. We live in a nation where looking for common ground is replaced with strategic placement on our ideological battlegrounds. I believe that a revolution is brewing. What shape it will take, I don't know. But in a climate where the sides have no desire to reach out to one another there will only be a climactic conflict of some type.

For those who read this that have an intense hatred for President Obama, I have to ask, "Why?" The President does not control the economy. The President is not responsible for jobs disappearing. If it is his stand on abortion or gay marriage, do you also hate that woman who makes that impossible decision or those persons who do not have the same legal support system as traditional married persons? More importantly, where is the fulfillment of Scripture in your life? The last time I read my Bible, we are responsible and accountable for loving our neighbors, our enemy, the stranger, the least and the lost. We are directed by Jesus, Paul, and Peter to respect the government that is in place. The church should be the LAST place where politics leads our emotional state or our idea of hope.

When did the Constitution become meaningless? We live in a country where the most powerful person in the world cannot do anything by himself. The Constitution established a three branch government. The President does not initiate any change in the way the government works. There are Presidential orders that may be issued, but even those are limited. The President speaks about what the President wants or doesn't want, supports or won't support. But the President does not make a change  in the way our nation operates.

If you have been passionate about this election and its outcome, then get passionate about our government for the next four years. Become educated about every election and go vote. Learn about all of your elected officials and how they operate. Spend a little time in a civics textbook and learn about the balance of powers, the voting process, and the electoral college. You are a part of a complex governmental system. It is not just about electing a President every 4 years. It is not just school board members. And if you don't like how the system works, then step up and act to change it. This is still a government by the people, for the people.