The one political post you will ever read from me.

November 08, 2012


My husband and I were up extra early on Tuesday morning to hit the poll lines before the rush of the day. After driving to the wrong place and then searching our phones for the right place, we ended up walking straight in without having to wait in a line. 

This was my first time to officially vote in Arizona. I voted in college back in Texas in 2000 and I voted absentee in Texas back in 2008. But my paper registration card came in and I was officially voting on behalf of this desert state.

Except apparently they had sent me an early ballot to vote and I had never seen it. So my vote went into a brown envelope to be checked out by a judge in some courthouse somewhere to make sure I didn't vote twice. And you know what? I am pretty sure that judge didn't check my vote before the 7 p.m. deadline. And I am pretty sure my vote was not technically counted before the race was called.

But I'm okay with that.

The point is, I voted. I stood in a booth, filled in arrows and made a choice. Because I could.

(And next time around, I'll be looking extra hard for that early ballot that apparently came.)

We treated ourselves to Starbucks afterwards and went on with our days. Political discussion was at an all-time high in the halls of our workplaces and on the news feed of our Facebook pages. By the time the election was called, I was honestly afraid to pull up the stream of comments left by people who are much different people on election night.

To say the world is now going to die a long, slow death? To say the person elected is comparable to the devil? To say all of Americans are idiots for voting the way they did?

And that was just from the Christians.

I was embarrassed, quite frankly. Who have we become? Where is our grace? Where is our trust in Jesus - our one King?

I posted this on my Facebook page yesterday - my one somewhat-political post I will most likely ever post in my life:

"Regardless of your reaction to the election results, as Christians, we are called to respect our nation's leaders. Put comments and opinions aside, and use the energy to pray for our country and President Obama as we move forward the next four years.

'The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.'
{1 Timothy 2:1-3}"

And I hope we can do just that.

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4 comments:

  1. I agree. The facebook posts AFTER the election results were announced made me want to throw up.

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  2. We've actually made a commitment to pray for our President every day (at 3:00 p.m., ha!). I also avoided FB like the plague Tuesday and Wednesday...it kept my blood pressure low :-) Great post!

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  3. I think praying for our president is a great response!!!

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