November 5, 2008 § 30 Comments
So, I’m still trying to figure out why my middle of the night reaction in my previous post was so visceral. After all, I had for a long time accepted (so I thought) the fact that Obama was going to carry this election, and it wasn’t like I was “for” anyone anyway. The only candidate who could have possible induced me into the voting booth was Ron Paul– that was tempting, and if he had actually won the nomination, I honestly can’t say if I would not have voted.
I went to bed without paying any attention to the polls, and still rigidly neutral, or so I thought. And then, I woke up at 2 AM with these words in my head. And couldn’t get back to sleep.
On the one hand, I feel like I shouldn’t say anything at all, and wonder where my detached neutrality went. On the other hand, I feel like something that has happened before is happening again, and it’s not a Good Thing. Is it fear? Maybe. Though I don’t know why I am afraid. I don’t like the direction the wind is blowing now, I can tell you that much, and I firmly believe that this world is getting its way.
I’m not mad at Obama, but I have a cold sinking feeling in my gut about America. Because this was America’s choice. And America’s voice thunderously proclaiming it’s will. And just as Israel demanded a King, so America has demanded its own way. And God always gives people what they want if they ask long and loudly enough.
I think the way America has chosen is dangerous to many people. Such as the unborn and even just born for one. And I think religious freedoms will soon be on the block. Honestly, I do. We are about to be micromanaged out of simple freedoms, and the ripples will cast wide. From food to small farms and businesses (of specific interest to me) to just how Americans treat one another. The vitriol and hate spewing on both sides will leave countless casualties.
I really think we are on the verge of some Very Bad Things. Persecution, hate crimes, loss of private property and privacy and other more apocalyptic type stuff. I don’t think it’s the end of the world by a long shot (though, you never know, it could be) but I do think it is the “beginning of the birth pains.”
Christians have been promised that in this world, we will have trouble. And so far, we’ve had it pretty cushy in these United States the better part of this last century. I fear that is coming to an end. Many people put a lot of faith and hope in the “constitutional democratic system” we’ve got going here. I’m afraid I do not have much faith in the document on which the founding fathers based this nation– no matter how much I like and respect it. It really wouldn’t take all that much to undo it completely– especially now when the checks and balances have been eroded for several decades and one party of the two party system now controls most of it. Just a little nudge can send the whole thing crumbling, and I think we are poised for that nudge. I think the nudge may even have already come in countless ballot boxes across the nation.
I’m not mad at the world. The world will do what the world does. But what the world does best is hate kill and maim, rape plunder and destroy. I guess I am just steeling myself for the storm that is coming. I am not at all a Tim LeHaye Left Behinder type person (I very strongly disagree with the eschatology of that camp.) But I do know that things will get worse before they get better and that history is cyclical.
We’re due for some nastiness.