08 November 2008

Post-Election Thoughts

I wrote this as a Facebook note late election night (probably early, early November 5 actually):

Tonight has been very hard for me. Watching the television and hearing the mobs honk and yell outside my dorm, I am tempted to give up all hope and sink deep into depression. After thinking and praying, though, I am more convinced that we cannot be duped into this. So here is what I think we ought to do...

Actually, first, let me express my deep disappointment with people who have helped elect Barack Obama to the presidency. Shame on you. You, especially those of you who call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ, should be so ashamed. If you are a Catholic, you need to go to confession. Catholic or not, if you call yourself a Christian you need to get on your knees and cry out to God for forgiveness. You have helped bring to power the most pro-abortion candidate in our history. When (if, actually.. I will fight this) the Freedom of Choice Act becomes law, know that you helped expand abortions to their greatest extent since Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton. If you tried to explain away your vote by saying that Obama's policies will reduce abortions, stop it! Our God is not mocked. Repent or you will answer for the blood of the unborn.

Now, that is out of the way. What must we do now that Barack Obama has been elected? First, we must pray. Pray every day and every night as we have been doing. Remember 2 Chronicles 7:14- we must pray, seek the face of the Lord, and turn from our wicked ways. Then He will forgive us our sins and heal our land. Pray for the unborn, pray for their mothers, pray for the conversion of the pro-abortion government leaders.

Other than pray, what else? I mentioned the Freedom of Choice Act. We must petition our representatives and senators to fight this bill in the next Congress. Barack Obama has already said that he will sign this bill into law. Perhaps the Democrats don't have 60 senate seats to block a filibuster, but they might not need 60 Democrats. Just because a senator is a Republican doesn't mean he's pro-life. Look at Arlen Specter for goodness sake. Find out who your representatives are, and write to them if they will be in the 111th Congress. Let them know that support of FOCA will be their last mistake as your representative.

Did I mention pray?

Lastly, don't give up. I am reminded by quite possibly one of the most beautiful songs: a forty-part motet called Spem in alium. Here is an English translation:

I have never put my hope in any other but in you,
O God of Israel
who can show both anger
and graciousness,
and who absolves all the sins of suffering man
Lord God,
Creator of Heaven and Earth
be mindful of our humiliation.

I have never put my hope in any other but in you, O God. He is in control.


Blogger Catherine Lucia said...

Thank God for you. You're the first person I've read to skip all the "I'm so glad we have a black president" and get to the heart of the matter. I'm glad we aren't a largely racist country anymore either, but I'm not glad Barack Obama is president-elect of the United States, and nothing is going to change that.

Anyway I just wanted to say thank you for that. Straightforwardness works miracles.

Pray for our nation bathed in the blood of innocents and the tears of angels. I pray we do not drown our dreams in it.

be fearless & be God's. verso l'alto!
Catherine Lucia

November 08, 2008 10:04 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Don't be depressed. We can't fret over things outside of our control, but we all definitely need to pray.

Keep in mind that not all the Democrats are pro-abortion either. In PA, for example, the Democrat senator, Bob Casey is pro-life and the Republican, Specter, is pro-abortion. Also, many of the new Dems in the House, especially the ones from typically Republican areas like the South, are pro-life.

The pro-aborts have been trying to shove FOCA down our throats for over twenty years, and they have had stronger support in the past than they do now. The only difference is now we'll have a strongly pro-abortion president, but Pres. Clinton also supported FOCA and was unable to get it through in 1993-1995. It's just too radical and at odds with American values for them to get away with it this time.

November 08, 2008 12:26 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Knox said...

Thank you! It's true, I'm sick of hearing all about these results being historic. Sure, good for us that we don't care about whether the president is black, white, whatever. But would everyone be congratulating this man on his historic election if he were for the choice to kill 4,000 Jews each day? That is historic for you.

November 10, 2008 12:04 AM  
Blogger Gerald Lamb said...

Agreed, Catherine. I have no problem with a black President in general. I have severe problems with this black President on particular.

November 11, 2008 1:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's true... We do need prayer in these black, or should I say half-black, times...

November 19, 2008 4:32 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Knox said...


November 20, 2008 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jonathan Knox needs mental help. Period.

November 24, 2008 6:21 PM  
Blogger Gerald Lamb said...

I imagine anyone who lives in a world where he is out in the open and is constantly being ambushed by cowards striking from the shadows could use a mental break every now and then, though the faceless cowards in question seem to be in much more immediate need of help themselves...

November 24, 2008 7:03 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Knox said...

Well said, Gerald. Perhaps it is the people who don't have the cojones to stand up for what they believe in that need more help.

November 25, 2008 1:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jonathan,
Here is a great quote for you from Father Richard Rohr in Beginner's Mind.

The sin of the beginning of the Bible is to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The moment I sit on my throne where I know who the good guys are and who the bad guy are, then I'm capable of great evil. Don't judge, don't label! YOU don't know

What the author of the classic The Cloud of Unknowing says is that first you have to enter the cloud of forgetting. Firget all your certitudes, all your labels, all your explanations, whereby you've put this person in this box, this group is going to heaven, this race is superior to that race. Just forget it. It's all a waste of time. It's nothing but your ego sort of projecting itself and announcing itself. It has nothing to do with objective reality.

If the world doesnt learn this kind of humility, that we're calling a "beginners mind", I think we're in definite trouble.

May you, Jonathan, quickly let go of all your judging.

January 24, 2009 10:43 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Knox said...

Fr. Rohr is a dissenter, bordering on heresy. That's going to be my only response to that.

January 25, 2009 12:50 PM  
Blogger Gerald Lamb said...

Goes well beyond bordering, Jonathan. Richard Rohr is one who would stand to profit quite handsomely if we suddenly stopped judging actions.

Gotta love how those who take exception to being called out for dissident behavior insist on identifying their behavior with their very being, as though the two are one and the same. We are never to judge hearts, but actions are fair game. Let 'er rip, Jonny!

February 16, 2009 10:10 PM  

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