The Morning After

I went to bed early last night and I woke up even earlier, this following morning after our presidential election. Admittedly, I was kind of bummed out over the way I saw the election results going, and even more so when I awoke at 3:30 to grasp the reality of it all. I don’t have signs in my yard or bumper stickers on my car, but politically, I tend to be conservative and always have been.

But it goes without saying, part of me is in awe and can appreciate the historic moment that has unfolded in this country.

I can only imagine, in a limited sense, what millions of African Americans are feeling this morning as they awake and get ready to start their day. What are black grandparents feeling as they see their grandchildren getting ready to go to school as they reflect back over what has transpired in their lifetime? I cannot help but to truly appreciate this aspect of what is truly a historic election.

Having said that, I have to wonder what lies ahead for this country. My disappointment with the election results have nothing to do with race or color, age or gender, or even political ‘labels’. I hate labels, be it in political circles, or religious ones.

This morning as I drank my coffee and caught up on the preceding night’s events on the cable news channel while sitting in my recliner, I came to terms with the fact that my ‘team’ lost the election.

Now I can appreciate a good sports rivalry and game, like so many other people. But when the Dallas Cowboys lose a game, I honestly don’t lose any sleep over it. If a particular team I am rooting for is playing in a big championship game, and both sides engage in a lot of pre-game hype and banter back and forth over who will win, I can join in with the best of them and participate.

I can even be a good loser when my team doesn’t win and salute the team that does.

The reason being: a silly ball game has so little effect over my next day or week, let alone my life.

And for most of my adult life, I’ve never really sensed that the results of a presidential election had much affect on my life as well, in a general sense. But this year, I felt differently. Please believe me when I say my concerns have nothing to do with the ‘man’ who won, but rather it has to do with his perceived policies and world outlook.

I just have a problem with someone who could sit for twenty years under the preaching/teaching of a man like Rev. Wright and the radical views he has spewed out from his pulpit, and call him his ‘spiritual mentor’.

I also have to wonder about a man who has such radical and extreme views when it comes to the value of human life in the instance of abortions, late term abortions and voted in effect to ban assisting the life of an aborted baby that survived an abortion.

But the election is over, and the American electorate has spoken. Once again, I am reminded and fall in agreement with the words of the Apostle Paul, who said, in effect, that if his ‘hope was in this world alone, he would be of all men, most miserable.”

I have to remind myself of how temporal this life/world is, and step back to take in the bigger picture. I believe our creator asks of us to respect and honor those in power. It doesn’t mean we have to agree with them. I also have to remind myself that none of us are perfect, nor do we live in a perfect country or perfect world.

Throughout history, many men, and women, have risen and fallen to/from power over a host of nations. Many were decent and many were corrupt. Scripture tells us that it is God who sets ‘kings’ in authority and that my faith and trust should never rest in man, but in the one who gives life, and takes life away.

So I will arise this day, and be thankful that I am alive and healthy, as is my family. I have a great job and great friends. I am blessed in so many ways and want to be thankful for this day I have been given. So many times over the years, as we raised our girls, we would admonish them to quote this verse, especially in moments when they were not in the best of moods: “This is the day that the Lord has made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it.”

I will take the same advice and do the same myself.