Obama wins — putting it in perspective

5 11 2008

The 2008 Presidential election was hyped by the media to a huge degree.  Perhaps rightly so, to a degree, in that it was a very important election for the future of our country.  But if you’re like me, you’re really tired of it all.  I’m glad it’s over, even if it didn’t all turn out like I preferred.

During a news program after the election, a reporter asked some young voters (who looked to be college-age) how they felt about the election.  One girl said, “I can’t think of anything better.”  Obviously, if you’re conservative (as I figure most of my regular readers are), you have to disagree.  But think about what she said.  Was the election that big?  I don’t think so.

I realize our next President will have to tackle some big issues, like the struggling economy / recession, the “war on terror”, and America’s reputation in the world.  So the election was of course very important, perhaps even more so than recent elections.  But it’s not the most important thing in life.  Even if my preferred candidate would’ve won, it wouldn’t be the best thing.

We must not lose sight of what’s important in life.  We can get caught up in politics, to where it affects our current mood and our hope for the future.  But we need to focus more on Jesus Christ, for He is the only one who can truly turn our country around.  Sure, a President and the Congress can help the economy and help people get jobs, but what America really needs is a spiritual revival.

If you’re a Christian, you should have joy and peace regardless of the circumstances.  We shouldn’t be brought down because Barack Obama won.  Even if that means our country will get worse overall (which is possible, though not guaranteed), we should still make the most of our lives and witness to the most people we can.  We must not lose sight of why we are here.  We have a purpose in this life that’s greater than politics or even the course of one country.

In closing, let’s also not assume the worst.  We should not live by fear or worry, nor should we be pessimistic.  Perhaps Obama will help remove racial tensions (which shouldn’t even still be an issue — why can’t people get past that?), and perhaps Obama will actually help the economy and reduce our national debt (which I think is a bigger problem than most realize).  But regardless of what he accomplishes, let’s all make the most of our life.

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