On The Election


I usually don't post twice in one day, but I thought I'd address the elephant in the room - last night's election.

Am I happy with the outcome? No. Am I surprised? Not exactly. It's really hard to oust the incumbent president, and though I thought it might happen this time, it's not overly surprising that it didn't.

I wrote this post four years ago after Obama won that first election (it may be a bit melodramatic, but then again, considering where the country is headed now, maybe not). And I thought I'd repost the sentiment now to encourage all of you who are as bummed about the outcome as I am.

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First off, let me just say that I cringe when Christians use this verse as an excuse not to care about politics.  As my friend Leanna said on Twitter last night "I am certain my hope isn't in any human being . . . but it is foolish to think the choices of mankind do not affect all humanity."  

I agree with that, and I think as Christians we are supposed to care about doing what we can to promote biblical principles here on earth.  That means caring about "politics", at least as far as it relates to our faith.  It means fighting for those who cannot defend themselves.  It means voting.

But at moments like this?  I think it is important to also remember that as Christians, we may love our country dearly and think it is a privilege to live here (because it is!), and it is discouraging (rightly so) to see it going the wrong direction . . . but in the end, America isn't our real "homeland".  When it all seems to be going down the tubes?  We are still not without a home, because we don't belong here (or anywhere on earth) in the first place.  We belong in Heaven.  

We do what we can for the Lord here, on a political level and on a personal level, while still knowing that this isn't all there is.  And we're not doing it for the here and now - we're doing it because our true citizenship is in Heaven, and even while we are here as Americans, we are still living as citizens of that Heavenly Country - which is always intact, because God is King there.

The thought of the next four years here might scare me, and you can bet I'll be happy when the next election rolls around and we have another shot at this, but it is a comfort to me at times to remember that no matter who is president, I am a stranger here.  I am glad this world is not my home.

 


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Newlywed Moments said...

So true, Callie. I absolutely agree. I wrote a similar post today called Election Encouragement that you might like!

katie said...

Well said. You are a wonderfully thoughtful friend Callie! This post is encouraging, biblical and completely level-headed as well. I'm so impressed and also so thankful for you sharing your perspective.

Melissa said...

Very good point. I went to bed last night heartbroken & with a heavy heart. This morning, even though i still felt like somebody punched me in the stomach, i felt hopeful again. Remembered who is really in charge here. :) But at the same time, i had temporarily forgotten about how this isn't our home anyway. Great points, Callie. xoxo

Alaina Beth said...

Callie,

I really appreciate this. I come from the opposite perspective. I am a pretty staunch Democrat and also a firm Christian. I only say that to explain that I agree with you. I take to heart what you have shared and I truly appreciate the beauty with which you have shared your views. I have seen and heard lots of doom and gloom talk since last night - and truthfully, that is what makes me want to weep. Our government is set up, thankfully, so that no one human being is ever in control. Thank God.

So while I may politically disagree with you, I heartily agree that all we can do on this earth is serve God in the best way we know how. To love others and serve them as Jesus called us to. And I just cannot articulate enough how much I appreciate your thoughtful response to this election. Many people, myself included, can learn a lot from this type of honest reflection that is held out without judgment.

Callie said...

Hey Alaina, I just wanted to say thank you for your thoughtful response. It means alot to me that even though we are on opposite ends of the political spectrum, you responded in such a loving way to a post from another Christian that thinks differently on politics. :-) We may not agree, but I feel like your comment was such a great example of showing love toward a sister in Christ regardless of political persuasion! So thank you for that.

Veronica and Daniel said...

I'm so glad that you posted this Callie :) If only more people on both ends of the political spectrum chose their words and expressed their thoughts as elegantly and as respectfully as you have here, maybe Americans would not be so far divided on so may issues. We will continue praying for the President and other elected officials, all the while knowing that our Heavenly Father is in charge :)

Unknown said...

Although I don't believe the same as you this was very well written and dignified!

Bridget said...

Callie thank you for sharing. I am encouraged to know that you can post on politics in a dignified manner. I hadn't talked about it much online cause I didn't know how to say what I felt without hurting someone's feelings so I just remained silent, and I think I still will, but in time, I can grow to, to speak words even on politics in a loving manner. Love your space on here friend! You have such a beautiful heart!

Kayla Rae said...

Very well-said, Callie. I read a lot of Romans 13 last night, which talks about honoring authority and how God has put authority over us for a purpose.

LeAnna said...

Amen, sister. This world is not our home, and may we be wise with how our time is spent here.

Dove of Snow said...

I am sooo glad this world is not my final destination or my "home," too. I appreciate this post. Well said! It reminds me of what I said on FB. Maybe I should repost what I wrote onto my blog. I felt I should share it, because on FB there was so much being said about the election and it wasn't all uplifting by any means! Not that I expected it to be.....but it was just kind of crazy. God bless.

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