1. A historic night – no matter what candidate you voted for. Unfortunately, for my generation and those younger than myself – there is a certain element of this history that we can’t fully appreciate because we didn’t experience the pain of the civil rights movement. Still meaningful for my generation, but the magnitude of it all is somewhat lost on us…well…lost on those of us who aren’t African American.
2. Watching an election has never been so much fun! Throughout the course of the day these social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc were just buzzing with people throwing their support out to their candidate. These sites were in their infancy in the previous election and have really made this process much more interesting. I’m curious to see how these types of sites will be a huge factor in 2012. $10 says we see the candidates more in chat rooms than in gymnasiums (and we’ll see Facebook’s profits go through the roof!).
3. Apparently, several American Christians are afraid of Barack Obama. That is stupid on so many levels. And, yes, I mean stupid.
4. A lot of American Christians are obsessed with the phrase, “God is in control.” Funny how it only comes out when we’re trying to console ourselves. ….that’s always bothered me. “You keep using that word….I do not think it means what you think it means.”
5. I’m thinking that many American Christians are afraid they might actually have to stand up for what they believe in because it is fast-becoming the minority view. And, ironically, instead of standing up for our beliefs, we find it easier to just slander the person who is threatening our cushy lifestyle. Whoops! So much for standing up for those beliefs. (see also 1 Peter 2:13-15)
6. I don’t agree with any of Barack Obama’s policies, principles or philosophies and don’t have to – even though he is my president-elect. That’s pretty awesome. Hard for me to imagine living in a place where I couldn’t freely do that. I probably take it for granted.
7. The single most popular Facebook status of the day: “I am praying for my country.” Why are we saying that? Did we stop praying while a Republican was in the White House?
8. If John Madden were doing the color commentary on tonight’s election he would say, “Obama beat McCain – bam! – right now!” I mean, McCain got straight up embarassed tonight. Landslide victory for Obama. Haven’t seen one of these in a looooong time.
10. No one cried tears of joy when George W. Bush was elected president. Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t have cried if McCain would have been elected – and I doubt many others would have either. Why?
11. I think Obama’s election is the best economic stimulus package that George Bush has come up with yet.
12. Gov. Bobby Jindal for President in 2012!!! 🙂
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I have a certain opinion on the way things ought to be. Actually, I have a lot of opinions on how a lot of things ought to be. A good friend reminded me recently that my expectations will always compete with my faith and faithfulness. God is continually either beating my expecations or leaving them in the dust. Never in my life has God ever met my expectations.
The Scriptures illustrate this as well. Story after story we find God continually not acting the way people expect Him to. Pick a character from the Scriptures and discover how God either exceeds, thwarts, ignores, or redefines the expectations of believers and non-believers alike.
I went to a funeral on Tuesday. My friend, Josh, lost his father in a motorcycle accident last weekend. I’m sure he expected his father to be at his wedding. I’m sure he expected his father to be excited to be a grandfather some day. None of those are bad expectations to have – they are right and good. However, if Josh clings to those in the face of his tragic reality – he will not be able to keep his faith in the God who didn’t meet his expectations.
The same holds true in my marriage, in my role as a father, in my job, and at my church. If I am unwilling to follow Jesus out of my expectations in any of these areas, I am unwilling to follow Him at all. Ironically, following him out of my expectations is far easier than what I try to do instead.
I live in a world where my expectations are king. I expect to be treated with respect when I check out at the grocery store (or else I’ll take my business elsewhere). I expect to see my daughter get married some day (it would be tragic if I did not). I expect my bosses and elders to not make mistakes (giving me the right to chew them out if they do). I expect people not to be stupid, lazy, or in my way (I yell at them if they are). I expect my dog to obey my voice immediately (or he’ll get a whooping if he doesn’t). I expect my wife to keep the house clean (and take it personally when it’s dirty). Why would I treat God any differently?
Thank you, Lord, for never meeting my expectations and for not treating me the way I expect you to treat me. Were it so, you would not be my God. I would be god and You – my slave.
“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” (James 3:1)
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”