In the wake of recent events, I have found myself very frustrated and irritated at the world around me. Tuesday, November 4th was a historic day for this country, and I was privileged to be able to vote in my second presidential election, having actually been the veteran voter in my family of two.... I couldn't believe it when Matthew said he hadn't voted in 2004!
I am not going to lie and say that I was not disappointed with the outcome of Tuesday's election, although we all saw it coming. I did not vote for Obama, and I most certainly do not agree with him on the major issues or minor ones for that matter. However, my frustration did not come from the results of the election, but of the reaction of so many of my friends, acquaintances, etc... For a lot of those who did not vote for Obama, they felt as if it was their place to express their political opinion and disrespect Obama as a leader and as a human being to everyone. I do not agree with Obama on pretty much everything, but that doesn't mean that he does not deserve respect. And maybe you do not respect him as a person, but you can at least respect the position that he has been elected to.
Are we not called as Christians to be a "light of the world" in Matthew 5? How can this judgmental spirit be an example to unbelievers? It spreads the message that as Christians we are too critical and think too highly of ourselves. How can we show Jesus to others when all people see is anger and resentment instead of letting your "light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven".
It's a disgrace to see the way President Bush has been slandered and picked apart the last four years. I know on a smaller scale that being a leader is not easy. You will make mistakes, people will disagree with you, talk about you, dislike you, but I cannot imagine it being splashed in my face in every magazine, newspaper, news show, or web-site. It only shows how little moral character is left in our country. Where is the loyalty? Why can't we stand behind someone who through every twist and turn has done nothing but try and pull this country together through these tough times. So...we as Americans have a choice. Are we going to continue down this road of cynicism, or are we going to fix it, and give President Obama the respect that Bush deserved?