I’ve been intentionally quiet on my blog regarding politics and the election, but as I watched the returns tonight I had a few thoughts to share.
I feel so privileged to have participated in such a historic election. In addition to electing the first black President, we’ve seen record voter turn out, early voting, younger voters, etc. The emotional intensity of this race has been exciting, even though I haven’t always appreciated some of the campaign tactics.
The other thought that occured to me is this: the bottom line is we all desire for our country and government to be successful. Which means regardless of who we voted for, our task now is to help the new President, Congress, and judges to make wise choices and govern our country with its best interest in mind. We easily get caught up in trying to prove who was right or who was wrong, waiting for the “other side” to screw up so we can point a finger and claim “I told you so.” Or waving our victory and clinging to it for validation and identity.
We all desire change in the current state of our country, and certainly that theme has emerged from this campaign and election. We place a lot of hope and expectation on one person, albeit the President of the United States, and yet he alone does not have the responsibility (or ability!) to make that change. Our country is like an 18-wheeler truck cruising down the highway at 65 mph. Getting that truck to change directions is a process, and we are often too impatient for results.
We all play a part in effecting the changes necessary to improve our country – its economics, its policies, its healthcare . . . everything. We have to do our part. Be involved. Stay informed. Pray. Let the desire for a government which honors God and leads well be higher than a desire to be right.
Note: I added this to Robert’s What I Learned From . . . Government writing project after I wrote it. Take a look there to see more reflections on government.