Witnessing the triumph celebrations for President Elect Obama, I couldn't help but feel a veil of sadness for my Nation. I have asked many why we've become a Nation of Compromise? My "head" and "heart" understand two different premises: my "head" understands deception but my "heart" does not.
I am well aware that my popularity has declined with many since I've taken on a more serious approach with my writing, however, urgency lurks within the depths of my soul for eyes to open and ears to listen. I am also aware that such ramblings will further deepen the mockery, but, sometimes, in the name of Love, it is imperative to speak up.
I don't live for this life so I loose nothing.
Many Christians who have voted for Obama have worked hard to justify themselves. Frankly, their decision is not my business; I believe conviction needs no explanations. I am no ones judge and never professed to be.
I do believe, however, as imperfect as I am, in defending those I love at all costs.
As a child of the King, I have to wonder what the Lord felt as He watched the election results. Of course, I know He "knows" all outcomes, but let's put a little "heart" into this matter. Jesus is not without feeling; Jesus is not so distanced from us that He doesn't want to celebrate in our victories and cry in our sadness.
Crazy? I don't think so especially since He came down here as man and knows every single emotion man feels.
I believe that our Lord is a proud Daddy in so many ways. As an artist, I believe that He delights in good music, great paintings and yeah, a good Broadway Show now and then. I think He applauded the loudest with Patti Lapone for her performance as Eva Peron in Evita. "What a voice," He must have muttered while tears of joy streamed down His cheeks. I believe He was very proud of His Patti. And I think He thought the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar was quite cool. I don't, however, think He was very pleased when Madonna and Britney Spears tongue- kissed in public.
I believe that He is amazed at how far his children have come and, as any proud parent, has pictures plastered all over Heavens walls displaying each great achievement. I believe He is amazed at how much can be done with computers which is why I include Him in on every creative project I am contracted to do because, hey, after all, He is the King of creation.
You like, Lord? Did I do good, Lord?
I believe He was with my husband and me with the birth of our daughter and I believe He gave her tons of kisses as soon as she was born.
He is a God of Love and He delights in all of us.
Knowing that we all have free choice, I also believe that He is deeply saddened when His babies go the wrong way. I believe He is deeply saddened with pornography, lies and murder.
I believe His heart breaks a little bit more with each bad decision we make.
I believe He loved Sadaam Hussein, Adolf Hitler, Stalin and even Ted Bundy, but mourned with the evil choices they had made.
Each of us has the potential for greatness yet we allow our humanness to get in the way. Perhaps we've truly become an over-educated society delving too deep for the answers. Oftentimes, in our rationality, we forget who's really in charge and so it goes with America.
With a God so loving and merciful, we should be a nation of repentance but we are not; we've become an arrogant nation of compromise. We've sold out and shut the door on the only one who really loves us.
With the choices America has made, we clearly sent a message to heaven: "Not now, Lord, we don't need You because were in control."
Not cool. America can not have it both ways.
Personally, I don't believe that God really cares who we voted for if the issues at hand were not so radical. But, I do think that this year He cared deeply; I think He expected us to stand in solidarity for the all of the unborn and do the right thing.
That wasn't really all that much to ask for, was it?
Here's what he says about the needy and afflicted that have no one to help them and are on the brink of death:
"For God will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight." (Psalm 72:12-14)
The blood of weak and needy unborn children is precious in Gods sight. Please don't tell me abortion wasn't the only issue. Of course it wasn't. However, treatment of the Jews wasn't the only issue in 1940 Germany. Buying, selling and owning black people wasn't the only issue in the United States of 1850. Nonetheless, both were the dominant moral issues of their day. Make no mistake about it, with America's decision this past election day, many Christians have joined in supporting the killing of innocent babies.
How callous we Christians have grown! We've voted in a government that's rotting at the core, appointing Godless Judges who throw reason out the door but brave enough to kill a baby before he leaves the womb I dont get it.
You think that God's not angry that our land is a moral slum? You think the economic mess is not a result of the immoral choices we've made? How much longer will He wait before His judgment comes? How are we to face our God, from Whom we can not hide?
We, as Christians, are commanded to be salt and light, which means to preserve virtue and expose sin. But we didn't, did we -- we failed miserably in this task.We sold out and made decisions based upon our own comfort, which is the core of our own selfishness and America's decline.
We, who are His children, need to humbly repent and genuinely seek our Lord's forgiveness. It is then, and only then, that God will hear us from the Heavens and heal our sickly land and those who live within.
Our First Lady, Michelle Obama, once said, "this is the first time I am proud to be an American" however, I conclude with much sadness "that this is the first time I am ashamed to be an American."
(c) 11-6-2008 Judi Lynn Lake.