It’s been a more than a week now and regardless of your preferred results, the sun has continued to rise and set each day since then. Ah, politics in America! By and large America has sent the same bunch back to Washington D.C. to try and tackle the nation’s problems. Something about the definition of insanity comes immediately to mind but I will save that for another time.
For now at least, the political commercials are over and our elected officials are coming to terms with having to work together until the next election. At the national level, there is no shortage of things to work on. Republicans would do well to remember they have been sent to represent We the People. We sent them back because the majority of us still believe they are capable of getting the job done. The Democrats would do well to remember that Mr. Obama won re-election by a mere 340,000 votes spread over four states. Hardly a mandate for much more than working with the other branch of government We the People have just elected in my view.
A few suggestions as the holidays approach. First, go patch up those relationships that were damaged by a very divisive campaign season. We all have people in our lives we do not see eye to eye with politically yet they are still friends or even members of our families. You knew about those differences before the election and little has changed so holding on to bitter feelings is kind of silly.
Second, regardless of which candidate you supported for president, the whole process will start all over again soon enough. If you supported Mr. Obama, remember he won’t be on the ballot in four years so gloating will not serve you well. If you supported Mr. Romney, complaining about a flawed candidate or some other reason as to how he was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory serves nothing. Americans did not reject conservative ideology, they rejected Mitt Romney. Learn from this cycle and be ready for the midterms!
Finally, Christians ought to turn our focus from politics and back to sharing our faith, serving those among us in need, and demonstrating the reason for the hope that is in us. It makes no difference which political party controls the White House, Congress, governor’s mansion, etc. Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.
Christopher is a recent graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary of Liberty University where he earned the Master of Religious Education. He also holds MBA Finance and BS Management degrees. A former resident of Powder Springs, Christopher and his family now reside in Woodstock. Having enthusiastically embraced social media in 2007, he blogs regularly at www.chris-sanchez.com and is very active on both Facebook and Twitter.