I knew that as a Christian, I had heard a lot of bad things about Obama. I also had mixed feelings because as much of a dirty hound as Clinton was, his Democratic time in office had us in a good economic period, that was all shot down once Bush got into office. It was interesting. Sure, we have a guy with seemingly better morals, but we came damn near to another Great Depression. :sigh:
So today I decided to take a look at what all of the fuss is, aside from the Pro-Choice views that I vehemently disagree with. Particularly partial birth and botched abortion views that Obama holds.
In my searching, I found it quite odd that Mr. Obama does not hold his hand over his heart for the National Anthem, or for the Flag Salute. I have seen flack back and forth that it doesn't matter whether or not a person holds their hand over their heart for this. ANY person, maybe. The guy who's running to be the next *leader* of our "great" country? Yes. I believe it's very important. It shows respect for our Country. For what this Country was founded upon. Maybe he doesn't respect that. Who knows. He's pro abortion, and he's pro gay marriage ( which I personally am against ). Part of me also wonders about his birth place as well. I'd like to believe that if that was never truly cleared up, that he would not have been ABLE to be a running candidate. However, I have not seen that he has shown proof of a Hawaii birth certificate, in my limited search. Anyone know about that one?
His prior pastor does bother me. A lot of the things that he has been recorded as saying, just doesn't sit right with me.
Then again, I didn't want McCain/Palin in the White House either. ;) LOL I was still really, really holding out for Ron Paul.
In all of this, I don't know what the next 4-8 years is going to hold. I do know that it's a scarier time as a parent. I had to gently explain what Prop 8 was to my nearly 7 year old daughter the other day. I didn't have to worry about that stuff when I was 7. My mom didn't have to worry about what I would learn in school, or what information I might bring home. I'm strongly reconsidering homeschooling.
I do know that I have been reminded that all we can do as Christians is pray. We are, according to the bible, to honor the people that God puts in authority, because ultimately it is His will. A friend that I have grown up with ( literally, friends for 22 years now ) wrote this so eloquently, and I am sharing with his permission :
No matter who a person voted for, despite their allegiance to the Republican, Democratic, Independent, or Green Party, Barack Obama has been elected the 44th President of the United States of America.
The Bible makes it clear that no matter what political affiliation I hold, my response to the ruling authorities is to be the same:
"Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed." (Romans 13:1, 7)
"Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor." (1 Peter 2:13-14, 16-17).
My ultimate allegiance is to God, my Eternal Emperor. He has deemed to give certain humans power and authority and my response should be the same no matter who that person is. Right now, that person is President Obama. He has my respect and honor.