Lately I've been wasting a lot of time on this site.
Maybe I'm getting old, or maybe it takes my mind off of things. But whatever the case, I think I'm addicted.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
The past few days I've thought about and discussed many of the reactions to the Presidential election outcome on Tuesday. I do admit that I lack a passion that several of my peers had for the outcome of the race. I will admittedly say that we were on the fence up until a few days before the election, so either way of the outcome, I was going to be content.
I knew that several others had strong views about one side or the other though. It was encouraging to see our generation rise up and take ownership in how we will be governed. To see people research the issues, form an opinion and then communicate why they felt how they did was encouraging. I respected the many views that came from both sides of the race.
And then Tuesday happened.
While I laughed at first and actually had a 'make up the most outrageous Facebook status game,' what has since followed Tuesday night and Wednesday morning has been a great sadness and concern for our community - mainly I mean the church community.
To read posts full of hate, worry, fear and lies coming from those who were Anti-Obama have been discouraging. He's a politician. He won fair and square. And to post statements that attack not his policies but more his character is wrong. I understand what it is to disagree with Obama's politics. But to publicly post such rude and hateful comments because your guy didn't win is unacceptable - and especially when it's coming from a group of Christians.
We are called to love. We are called to serve. And we are called to pray. There is a way to disagree and be disappointed with tact. Many red flags have been raised this week, but it's not because Obama was elected into office. Instead, it's been the overwhelming outcry of the conservatives and the statements that have come from either their mouths or their keyboards. I've been burdened and disappointed with where we're at as a community, and hopeful that this might be the spark to get to real change.
I encourage us all as we move forward to be careful of what we say. If you have an argument, state your argument. It's okay to disagree - but it's not okay to slander and bash another person, no matter who they are. I encourage the church to take a good look at itself and address these issues. I'm usually one that likes to keep the peace, but on this issue I could not keep quiet. There's a bigger problem than having Obama in office when Christians will be known for their rude and hateful comments following results night, and I do hope that Change is here.