Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Wrong Seems Oft so Strong

So, in my very first post I ever wrote, I said I wouldn't write about politics, nor would I rant. And I went through this entire election year with nary a political post. The nearest I got to political was my Liberte' Fraternite' Equalite' post.

Well, today I am going to break my word. Halfway. This will be political, but it won't be a political rant. I promise. "Cross my heart."

I have to say, that as I was driving home from the pool this morning at 6:00 and I heard the news that President Obama was re-elected, I teared up. And not in a good way. It was rather depressing for me.

I don't think I have ever before hoped a candidate wouldn't win as much as I hope President Obama wouldn't win.

I haven't bashed him. I have insisted that my children, husband, and anyone else I hear refer to him as "Obama" show respect, and respectfully call him by his title. He is President Obama. He deserves respect if for no better reason than: that position deserves respect.

The people have spoken. For ill or nil. And whether I am happy about the overall choice, I am happy about a few things...

#1-we have the privilege and responsibility to vote here in the USA. I am thankful for all the people who voted yesterday.

#2-we have the privilege of voting here in the USA, for whatever candidate our heart desires, without fear of reprisals. We will not die for exercising this freedom. Our families won't die. And I am proud of our country, and our heritage for that reason.

#3-God is the ruler yet...

That is actually a line in the hymn I have been working on with the kids the past few weeks.

This is my Father's world, O let me ne're forget,
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father's world, the battle is not done.
Jesus who died, shall be satisfied, and earth and heaven be one.

My belief in the sovereignty of God doesn't allow me to rest on my laurels on election day. It propels me to vote.

My belief in the sovereignty of God gives me peace on the day after. God is the ruler yet.

Maltbie Babcock wrote this hymn in 1901. He was inspired by his walks along the Niagara escarpment in Ontario. He was inspired by God's creation.

If you believe God created the world, it is simply the next step to realize He is the ruler of the world by right of Creator-ship. In 1901, who knows what Christians were thinking about their times. Maybe they felt overwhelmed by the wickedness in their society, just like we do sometimes today. Maybe they felt that things couldn't get much worse.

Since then, we have been through two World Wars, countless other wars, a surge of technology unlike any other century, and wickedness seeming to reign.

God is the Ruler Yet.

The people have spoken. They have chosen President Obama for another term. It is what enough people wanted. Maybe it is what we as a country deserve.

Nonetheless, the President will be President Obama, but the ultimate ruler is God.


But our God is in the heavens. He has done whatsoever He pleased. Psalm 115:3