I really hadn’t intended to stay and watch the returns. I was going to go to bed early since I’d been up late last night. I was going to wake up in the morning to find out how all the voting turned out. I made the mistake of taking my Ipad into the bedroom. I subscribe to too many news services. I was told over a dozen times that Pres. Obama was re-elected.
The sense of relief I feel is almost overwhelming. Plain and simple, this election was about my personal freedom. It was about a bunch of relgious wingnuts trying to push their lifestyle onto and into the lives of all Americans. It became, for them, a validation of their religious credo.
I’m happy to tell them they lost.
I was once one of them. I was as rabid a Christianist as the best of them out there. I was trying to hide my homosexuality. I was trying to be not-gay. I found that I couldn’t. Being a Super Christian didn’t make the feelings go away. It just made me very unhappy. So I left it. It would another twenty years before I could finally admit it to myself and learn to love myself.
I took away a lot of lessons from those days as uber-christian. One of the most important was one from the Sermon on the Mount. You may have heard of it. It takes up a large section of the book of Matthew in the New Testament. Someone asks Jesus how they should be praying. He replies “When thou prayest, pray like this: . . . ” and he recites the Lord’s Prayer. He was giving an example of the elements that are in a prayer. One of those elements is “forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.” What he was saying was that the yardstick we use to offer forgiveness is the same yardstick that God will be using when he ask His forgiveness. I don’t know about you, but I want that yardstick to stretch from one side of the Universe to the other for me because I have a lot to be forgiven.
The GOP allowed the rabid Christianists who have little understanding of the way forgiveness works to take over the election. They seem to understand only judgement and condemnation. Whatever it is they don’t agree with is simply wrong, brooks no discussion, and is thrown out. Should they continue in this thinking, they may find their trip to Heaven will be short.
That’s what they wanted to do to the U.S. They wanted to remake the country in their own shortsighted image because in their hubris they believed they knew what God wanted. I’m absolutely thrilled that when it came time to be counted, the majority of the citizens of our country said they weren’t buying that. They stood on the side of intelligence rather than intimidation.
So the results are in and it’s a good result. But it doesn’t end there. There’s still a lot of work to be done. Time to roll up my sleeves and get it done.
Thanks for listening and have a good night!