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>> 11.05.2008

Well...I'm not sure how to start off.
I think I'm partly excited, and mostly scared.
Big changes (like presidents) do that to me.

I remember the last election, when I was fifteen and couldn't do much other than watch the tv screen and color in the states on the map that mom had printed out for us. I was so passionate then, so fiery for the right thing, even though I didn't have a say.
This time around, it's almost just "who is the lesser of two evils?" I was never whole-heartedly for either one, but I did have my preference.

So, I guess, here is how I see things now:
America needs a change. That much is obvious. You look around you at the failing economy, the people being kicked out of their homes, the other places in the world that are doing just as badly or worse, and you realize that something has got to give.
I supported McCain almost solely on the fact that he was pro-life, and that is one of the only black and white things that scripture talks about- you shall not murder. For me, that was pretty clear cut. But as far as economic policies, foreign relations, etc, I think I almost lean slightly more towards Obama. Not completely, as I don't think you can ever agree fully with anyone, but he certainly has ideas and fire about things that need to change and how to change them.
Also, he will be my president, and I will respect him as such. He may have to win my support, but he gains my respect simply by being another human being that has passion and dedication for something. Especially if that something is my country.

I guess this isn't really going anywhere, other than the fact that I had thoughts about all of this election stuff and I just needed to sort them out.
I can't say I'm gung-ho for either candidate. I can't say I fully disagree or agree with either.
But what it comes down to is the fact that God is sovereign and He completely allowed Barack Obama to be elected the next president. I trust Him enough to step in and change something that shouldn't happen. You know?

"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor."
-Romans 13: 1-7

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