Thursday, November 6, 2008


or my first and last post about the election

I am glad that I'm not an American and therefore didn't have to vote in this election. Mind you, the free Starbucks and Krispy Kremes would have been super-nice. But there was something very cool about getting all excited about the election and then realising that I cannot add to or change the results in any way. It reminded me in a way I possibly wouldn't have understood otherwise that God is sovereign over all of this. It's simple, but I'm forgetful.

Regardless of who I would or wouldn't have voted for, I'm excited about the election of Obama for the same reason a lot of people are. I think Patrick Moberg's illustration summed it up perfectly.

For hundreds of years, men and women of colour have been persecuted and killed because someone else decided they were less than fully human. And now America has elected a black man president.

This is pretty huge -- and very awesome.

But for hundreds of years, babies in the womb have been persecuted and killed because someone else decided they were less than fully human. And none of them will get the chance to run for president.

This is also pretty huge -- and very terrifying.

We are so proud of our tolerance, but we are only tolerant when those things we proudly tolerate do not impinge on our freedom.

We have begun to learn something -- but in other ways we know nothing.



Sarah -- thanks so much for your encouragement and prayers! I look forward to seeing what God does in the next few months. How are your own writing projects coming along?

Staish -- I. miss. you. xox


  1. It's always amusing and enlightening to see how people from other countries view our elections. Most Christian families here in the U.S. are not happy about Obama because we are attempting to judge a person by their character, not their skin color. Unfortunately, McCain would not have been a much better alternative. I believe God is forcing us not to look to men for the answers but to HIM. (I'm not critizing your post...just trying to give you one American's perspective :o )
    And my writing projects? I am not putting much focus there during this season of my life, aside from book/film reviews and blogging. I hope someday to have the time and desire and motovation from God to focus on writing. Thanks for asking!

  2. Thank you for this post. THank you for being someone who doesn't let the "but there is still abortion" keep you from acknowledging the wonderfulness of seeing a man of color in the role of president. Thank you for being Danielle.

    Thank you, and good night.:-P

  3. Its funny that you should mention termination- I've been wondering what Obama's stance is on that?

    p.s. I love you. You are amazing.

  4. Staish, Obama is pro-choice, and pretty terrifyingly so. I think it is so much that if he tried to make legislation as liberal as his beliefs, it would never pass, and that is really the only reason that his extremely liberal stance on the matter didn't keep me from voting for him.

    Sarah, it might be a tad dangerous to say that "most Christian families" are not happy about Obama, but I also believe that God is pointing us back to Him by pointing out the faults and shortcomings of the leaders in whom we might be inclined to place our hope. I wish that other people (Christians included) would take the hint. I pray that we all do.

    And I am hopeful for the future. I have no idea how it will go, but I know that God is sovereign and has placed Obama in this position. And for that reason, I'm hopeful. We'll see what God does.

  5. Beth, you're right. That line should have been "most Christian families I know..."
    I certainly don't know all the Christian/homeschooling families in America or their political leanings. Yes, it will be fascinating to see what God does through Obama!

  6. I also don't know much about the election or Obama. But I was talking to Mum the other day and saying how everyone's thrilled with the realisation of Martin Luther King's dream... but as excited as I am about an event like this, I still wonder if it's all (or a lot) about the skin colour, but just turned upside down? The US has a coloured president, but does it have a good one? I've not heard much about that side of it.

  7. Hurrah for Krispy-Kremes!!!!!


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