Friday, October 3, 2008

Obiden and Bosniacs

Even though I will not vote for either of them, I did watch the Vice Presidential Debate. What can I say, I'm a politics junkie! There were no big mistakes, much to the dismay of the media, who had been frantically predicting grand gaffes on both fronts. There were a couple misspoken words, which made me giggle. At one point Palin was talking about her opponents' voting records, and she called them, "Obama and Obiden." Suddenly everyone's popping up Irish! And then, Biden, the foreign policy expert, referred to foreign nationals as "Pakistanis, Afghans and Bosniacs." Oh my! I think that's supposed to be Bosnians, unless, of course Bosniac is the word for sleep deprived (insomniac) Bosnians or crazy (maniac) Bosnians.

But alas, I still don't know for whom I will vote. And some might say, " What does it matter? If you write in a candidate you are throwing away your vote." I realize that my write-in candidate, whoever he or she may be, will not win the election. But who wins is not my responsibility. How I vote is. God does not hold me accountable for the outcome of the election, but He will hold me accountable for the way that I vote. I love my country. I know that it is a privilege to get to vote. But I simply can't vote in a way that forces me to ignore my deepest convictions.

And so I will pray. I will pray for wisdom in how I vote. I will pray for discernment in weighing the issues. I will hold my personal beliefs up against the Truth of scripture and let them be tested, and if needed, changed by the very words of God. And ultimately, I will pray for whichever leader gets elected, certain that God is in control...and that, friends, is really the only hope for any of us.

The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases. Proverbs 21:1


  1. How did you post this so quickly? The debate was only finished for 11 minutes at 7:41pm...I hadn't even gathered all of my thoughts at that point, Pastor Jenn Speedy-Gonzales-Political-Junkie Williamson.

  2. Well you can't exactly call this post a critical analysis of the debate!