I’m really not a very politically minded person. Maybe I should be, but I’m not. It’s only fairly recently that I started voting every election. I used to just vote along party lines, which for me tended to be conservative, or Republican. But now, considering the state the country and the economy are in, I think I would vote for whoever had the best answers.
This year–a presidential election year– we have Senators Obama and McCain in the race.
Change you Can Believe In.
Which to choose?
A friend I was talking with once referred to Obama as a “hollow” man. I really think she’s right. He speaks platitudes. He makes reference to CHANGE, but does not (that I’ve heard) specifically define it. What does he really plan to do? I don’t know. All I hear is how change is needed. How we can’t afford four more years of Bush in the White House. His campaign seems to mostly center on telling people what he thinks they want to hear about the war in Iraq, about the economy, and about CHANGE.
But what is he going to do? I don’t know. I don’t have the discerment that some people do, but when I think about Obama as President, I get a feeling of unease–almost dread in the pit of my stomach. It isn’t just his empty speeches filled with empty words. It’s a lot of things. To me, he almost seems anti-American at times. Removing the flag from his airplane. Standing at indifferent ease during flag-raisings and pledges of allegiance. There are several things like that, and feel free to look them up on the net if you want to.
Is McCain the perfect candidate? Of course not. No one is perfect. But I believe he is the best candidate this election, and I will vote for him. I respect his service and sacrifice to his country. I respecte his experience. I agree with almost everything he has to say. Will he follow through on all of it? I don’t know. Maybe he won’t.
But he is specific about his plans. Or at least, not as vague as the Senator from Michigan (or wherver the heck he’s from).
One problem I see in Obama telling people what they want to hear is that it seems to be working. He is the “it” person, or candidate, for the entertainment industry right now, in all its liberal glory. He has Hollywood on his side, and worse yet, has Oprah lobbying for him.
Oprah, for heaven’s sake.
And it seems to be working.
I hate the thought that it seems he has a very real chance of winning, based on that alone, not on experience, not on issues, but on popularity, and the endorsement of the Hollywood elite.
I hate it.
When I expressed this sentiment to my friend, she said “Are you praying about it?”
I was speechless. I hadn’t been, or at least not to the extent that I should have been.
I used to rationalize not voting by thinking that my vote didn’t count. It’s just one vote, I thought.
It doesn’t matter.
But what if everyone thought that? What if all the people that could have made a difference in this or any election thought their vote didn’t count, and did not vote because of it?
Now, I vote.
So my other thought is that, what difference would my prayers make in regard to the whole country? How are the prayers of one man in San Diego going to impact the country for the next four years?
The answer is that they won’t, if I never pray them. What if everyone who could have made a difference by praying did not pray because they thought their prayers would not matter?
Now, I will pray. Look at what James has to say about it:
“…the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective…” James 5:16.
I will pray.
I will pray that God’s will is done in regard to this election, above all other things.
I will pray for wisdom for myself, in regard to my vote.
I will pray for wisdom for the American people in regard to theirs.
I will pray that blinders are lifted from eyes in regard to Senator Obama, and that truth will be revealed in hearts.
I will pray that Senator Obama encounters Jesus somewhere along the road to Damascus (or Pennsylvania avenue, if that’s God’s will).
I will pray.
Let me just leave you with the words of one of America’s greatest minds. MC Hammer.