A chronicle of our lives and times . . . where politics and religion are not taboo topics
I hope I'm wrong, but I think we better prepare for another 4 years of ObamaFirst, I don't think it is in the Lord's plan to extend His influence through worldly power. My ways are not man's ways, saith the Lord. The evangelicals thought they could do it. They've had an impact, but as you noted in your post from a few days ago, they have mostly failed. Also, there is no historical precedent for it. It'd be like one of the bishops of the 1st century Church becoming emperor of Rome. It is often through His people losing in the world and quitely rising again that the Lord gathers the honest in heart. Plus, if the lefties had to endure 8 years of Bush, which was no gift to non-leftists either, He may also require us to be tested through 8 years of this regime.Second, I don't know that a faithful Church member can be president without losing his soul. You underestimate the powers of darkness that permeate the halls of power in the nation's capital. He may have Romney lose just for the sake of saving his soul. I know that this is a wild conjecture, but it is in the realm of possibility.This is also not 1980, when ALL of America was feeling the pain of the Iranian hostage crisis, double-digit inflation, and a general malaise, and Romney is no Reagan. The Great Recession has been more selective in its victims. Most people are worried and stressed, but it seems to me that the majority are still mostly blissfully unaware and relatively fat, dumb, and happy. Why rock the boat, especially with a candidate who has not been very compelling, does not give us a clear understanding, unlike Reagan, of where he stands, and, gasp, is a Mormon?Lastly, if you haven't noticed, the entire culture is arrayed against him. While economic issues have been at the forefront, it is the culture that drives allegiance. Romney's "47%" may in reality be the people both rich and poor who will not vote Republican under ANY circumstance, even if we were to have 30% unemployment. We are at a tipping point. I pray that the majority are still decent, but from what I see, the other side has the momentum.I know that this is a pessimistic view that you do not share, but I'd be very surprised if Romney won for the reasons stated above as well as others that I don't have time to go into. And I myself have mixed views about Romney, he has both delighted and disappointed. Nevertheless, I hope I'm wrong if only for the delight I would experience at the sight of the crestfallen faces of TV's talking heads, who have done their utmost to prop up Obama and call the election months ago, and the seething rage of Obama's Hollywood friends. Here's hoping
John - very well reasoned comments. Truth be told, I share many of the ambilvalent observations you've offered. In my calculus of the escatalogical beliefs I have come to, NEVER did I foresee a Melchizedek Priesthood holder with the gift of the Holy Ghost occupying the Oval Office. Time to recalibrate.
November 7th, 2012 - I'm still shaking my head in disbelief. It is increasingly obvious I am living in a new world of political reality with which I am unfamiliar. That a majority of Americans can be deluded into thinking perpetual entitlements can be sustained is astounding. This election, it turns out, was NOT a referendum on Mitt Romney and Mormonism as much as it was one about America and Americans. I don't know about you, but my fellow Americans surprised me last night with their judgment about giving four more years to the architect of the last four years. It's obviously not 1980, and Barack Obama is no Jimmy Carter.
A friend of mine so eloquently said last night "Mitt Romney couldn't run against Santa Claus and win". Sad part is, this Santa Clause has his hand in all our pockets. We have been brought to our knees. I guess that's a good place to be because that's where the best conversations with Heavenly Father take place.