A friend's status update this morning....
"I guess I was hoping no one could win. That said, you still have options. Opposed to abortion? Support a mother in need. Social security? Make sure your parents are taken care of. Out of control debt? Run your own finances responsibly. Oh you mean some of this comes down to us?"
....turns out what the church does has more bearing on eternity than this, or any election.
Worried that you'll be persecuted in the next four years?
The fastest growing churches in the world right now are under persecution.
Worried that your country will somehow be trashed by a single man and ruin your 401k?
"Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. How many of you by worrying can add an inch to your life? Consider the birds of the air, they do not sow or reep or gather into barns, yet your heavenly father cares for them. How much more does he care about you?... Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
He said this to people worried about what their Roman oppressors were up to and just forty years before the slaughter of 2 million Jews and the destruction of Jerusalem.
Excited that now we can really save America?
I have a friend in the largely Democratic Philadelphia area who was threatened for suggesting that there was corruption in the Philadelphia drug rehab clinics. They were intentionally keeping people hooked on Methadone (an addictive yet less harmful substance than meth used in bringing people off meth addiction) in order to line their pockets.
Worried that our President is the anti-Christ?
Your right. Instead of electing the guy who very clearly declared Jesus as Lord at the 2011 prayer breakfast, we should have elected the guy who thinks Lucifer is one of Jesus' brothers and that black people are cursed by God because before they were born they didn't take part in the spiritual battle between Jesus and Lucifer to decide who would get to rule planet earth. Meanwhile Jehovah (Jesus and Lucifer's father) is on planet Kolob having celestial sex with his many wives to produce spirit children to populate planet earth. Too bad we missed that boat. (To any Mormons reading this, in spite of what I believe about your beliefs, I've noticed that you haven't bought into the vitriol like we have. Kudos to you. We could learn from that.)
I know I'm being snarky, but frankly I want followers of Jesus twice my age to be an example to me of where my hope should lie, and from the loudest voices reaching my ears and eyes, apparently I should be freaking out right now rather than living under a hope that gives me a peace that passes understanding.
Come on people, step up and show me with your lives where your real treasure is.
And a final quote from another friend's Facebook wall....
"Regardless of whether or not you agree with his politics, the way you speak about President Obama does not say what kind of person HE is. It says what kind of person YOU are."