I have had emails from good friends expressing their concern about the election. One shudders at the thought of Obama’s election and what will happen to the country-alas, the entire world-in the aftermath. Another asks me about Sarah Palin and any qualms I might have should she accede to the presidency.
I’m not worried about either one.
Call me an ostrich, but I’ve done my reading, made my decision, and have firmly set this topic to the side. How, exactly, will worrying about it change the results? I firmly believe that God is sovereign over all, including American, British, Peruvian and Zimbabwean elections. (Yikes! Does Peru even hold elections?) So my hope is in the Lord, not in McCain, Obama, or any third party candidate.
A verse that has impacted my life was part of our family Bible reading the day of my mom’s sudden death.
ye people, pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.
~ Psalm 62:8
But to keep it honest, I occasionally read articles and essays online. It’s not that I’m not interested in current events, cultural trends, editorials or news events. I just want to think and read about them from a longer perspective than the bites of daily news.
An obscure sentence in a book I read long ago impacted me.
I have often thought how much broader his world would have been if he had read more books.
~ Gladys Hunt in Read for Your Life
Also key in influencing my thinking: Neil Postman’s fabulous book Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, in which he discusses information over-load and how we receive dump-loads of facts which have no relevance to our daily lives.
I came to realize that the energy and passion I was putting into politics seemed to dissipate into thin air with nothing left to show for it. I chose to spend time with books–good books–which would nourish my soul and stimulate my mind.
I want to emulate the Proverbs 31 woman: “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”
Please don’t take this as a slam of news wonks or political junkies. It is just my apology for not getting worked up over the election. I welcome dissenting opinions.