Letter #564: Election Thoughts…

Dear presidential elections,

I voted in my second one of you last week (here’s to absentee voting with no lines!). I will never get super controversial, heated or irrational concerning you, but I do vow to do my best to be informed and actively participate. This being said, I collected a hodgepodge of random thoughts concerning you”…

  • Social media during election day is”…”…fun (obnoxious). Thankful I don’t have to see any more selfies with a dang “I Voted’ sticker.
  • Don’t forget to recycle all those political signs today.
  • How long did it take to find out the winner of elections before technology, social media and exit polls? (I looked it up and couldn’t find it”…)
  • Maybe the even bigger story of yesterday wasn’t Obama winning but that the Senate falling Democrat as well. President and Senate aligning means the possibility of more things being accomplished.
  • Random thought of the night: What would happen if the losing candidate never conceded?!?!
  • Who knew people cared so much about politics?! A) People are funny. Some classic comments made on social media. B) People are idiots. Seriously, think before you post.
  • Is the amount of money spent on political coverage and campaigns considered part of the economic stimulus? It’s baffling to me what could have been done for good with the billions of dollars spent”…heck, we could have paid off half a percent of our nation’s debt.
  • Who’s moving to Colorado with me?? Kidding but on a serious note, our world isn’t getting any more “moral.’ Lord, I pray we, believers, would cling to Your Word as truth and live our lives accordingly.
  • I’m not sure if there’s been a day in life with more “Jesus Jukes’ than today. Believers, put money where your mouth is, rise up, share and live out the Gospel with urgency and don’t just post views on social media outlets.
  • No leader, politician, businessman, athlete, entertainer or anyone else is going to fix our world. We live in a sinful and broken world. It doesn’t matter what policies or programs are put into place, bad things are going to happen. People are going to suffer. At our very core, we are broken, sinful and have failed to meet God’s standard. He is holy; we are not. We deserve hell, but our God is SO good He made a way for us to be in fellowship with Him. It’s through faith in Christ alone. Jesus is our eternal hope. We need Christ. If we want hope, we’re not going to find it in earthly things, a political candidate or anything else. We need to realize our need for a Savior. We are in desperate need of repentance. Lord, we need You. Remind us of this as everyone is freaking out or celebrating about an election.
  • God is sovereign. He establishes and removes authority. He is bigger than any man made institution. God is God and He will always sit on the throne. Don’t forget this…ever. Daniel 2:20-21; Romans 13:1; 1 Peter 2:13-17;

I’m really thankful you’re over. Let’s all move on regardless of who we voted for or where we stand. Obama is the president of the United States. We aren’t a country of two parties; we’re a country of Americans. You are final. Let’s come together. Be as invested in our world as the comments on social media have been the last three months. Let’s be the change we want to see.

Thankful for the right to vote and praying for repentance among mankind far more than for political business,

Election observer

Letter #539: Political Cynic

Dear politics,

You frustrate the heck out of me. I am committed to be informed, but I struggle greatly because you’re just a giant game. Who can give the better speech? Who has the best line-up speaking and supporting their campaign at their national convention? Who can show the right scope of diversity? Who can make the better jokes about and bash their opponent better? It’s ridiculous. Yes, I need to know what you are going to do if elected that is different than the other candidate, but you simply telling me how awful the other is does nothing for me or for our country. Tell us what YOU are going to do if elected to lead our country.

Honestly, I’m saddened during this season of you. I see more negativity toward the opposing party, lack of integrity, arrogance and stretching of the truth than unity under the banner of America. We focus more on bashing candidates than our 16 trillion dollars of debt. It’s baffling to me.

Guys, nobody expects you to be perfect. Actually, this is part of the problem. People do expect you to be at times. The reality is, none of your ideas or propositions are flawless, but we worry more about party lines than coming together to make the best plan possible. Oh, you give me the opportunity to learn so much. Do we care more about the election of a specific man or the country as a whole? Do we care more about our party winning or the future of this place we call home? Sometimes I wonder where our priorities lie.

Millions have already been spent and millions more will be in the next 60 days for each campaign. Let’s put that toward our debt! Tell us the truth, show some humility, operate with integrity, lead effectively. Oh how I long for these things to be held priority in the political realm.

Bottom line, the government can’t fix everything and aid everyone. This mentality explains our debt that’s so big I can’t even tangibly grasp. Church, we must rise up and provide assistance to those in need. This is our job. Government was never intended for this. I don’t know exactly what this looks like, but I do know government and you are never going to fix all the problems our country is facing.

Praying for discernment among the people in the next 60 days and for sound leadership in general,

Political cynic

Letter #113: The Corn Fed State

Dear Iowa,

You have been an adventure. You are now the second state I’ve been able to knock off my never been to list this week, but good night, we could have picked a better week for my introduction. You are cold. I’m not sure I’ll ever claim Oklahoma to be cold again. On a normal basis, you are single digit temperatures. I experienced this, but with the wind chill you were in the negatives. I’m not sure I was able to feel my feet the entire time we crossed paths. The good news is I survived.

Upon introduction, I knew nothing about you. Now that we’ve built some credibility, I’ve decided you’re known for a few things. HyVee. I’ve heard stories about this place from my “northern’ friends, which meant I had to stop to see the greatness for myself. The South has Publix, the rich have Whole Foods and the North has HyVee for grocery shopping.

Cold and snow. I expected you to be cold, but I never expected -20 degrees like you were last night. The difference is your people know how to handle this stuff. Kids still get recess. They just wear their snowsuits to school. People can feel their feet because they wear appropriate shoes and socks unlike me. Roads are cleared efficiently and your people actually know how to drive unlike Oklahoma where all hell breaks loose if there is even talk of possible snow. Also, if it snows in Branson or Oklahoma, it melts after a few days to a week. This is not the case here. It never warms up enough.

Politics. Who knew you were such an important state for this? You are the state where the second political caucus occurs. Therefore, political candidates, specifically presidential, visit you often. Whether this is good or bad is personal preference I guess, but you seem to be a far bigger deal than I anticipated.

Bucket list: to try all cheesecakes at The Cheesecake Factory...another one bites the dust with my friend Jess!

Good people. Man, I can’t explain how many neat families we met along the way. I even got to spend good time with an old kamp friend! They all have positive attitudes about the cold and have the ability to instantly make you feel at home. I didn’t expect them to be rude, but I didn’t expect them to have quite as much of a good “ole boy feel either. I guess that’s what happens when you’re corn fed…this also seemed to result in good basketball players.

You definitely weren’t at the top of my choice of trail lists, but you were a pleasant surprise. I don’t think I could ever handle the cold…well, if push came to shove I’d adapt and be just fine. I’d also buy wool socks. If I was going to check you off my list of states to visit, it only seemed fitting to experience you at the peak of winter…next time, I choose fall or spring!

Appreciating the “cold’ of Branson and Oklahoma more than ever,

Fan of Iowa