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Thursday, November 08, 2012
Most important, live together in a manner worthy of Christ’s gospel.
In full disclosure, I voted for Democrats and Independents this week. I’m glad that the president was re-elected, and I personally would have been happy if all Tea Party Republicans had been voted out of office, not for their political views, but their collective refusal to compromise on matters vital to our country’s future. All around me, of course, are people who voted for Governor Romney and hoped that all liberal Democrats would have been sent packing.
I woke up on Wednesday pondering what it meant that after an immoral amount of money was spent in the most expensive election in our nation’s history, the power balance in the federal government remains virtually unchanged. Many things did change as the result of Tuesday’s election, of course, but not the balance of power: The president will serve another 4 years. For now, the Democrats will control the Senate while the Republicans control the House.
More gridlock is one possibility, four more years of the same governmental stalemate that has so frustrated us all. But I wonder if the election results are a unique opportunity to change our country for the better. For we have no illusions that a painless solution to the challenges we face lies ahead. Nor can we make real strides for the good we seek without working with those with whom we disagree. The stakes are too high: we simply must collaborate, taking our cues from those who learned from Hurricane Sandy what disasters require—cooperation and shared sacrifice, for the good of all.
Sometimes we pray for deliverance and God gives us back ourselves. “Work out your own salvation in fear and trembling,” St. Paul goes on to write in the letter to the Philippians, “for God is the one who enables you both to want to and to live out His good purposes.” We must all help solve the problems that we all had a hand in creating, and like it or not, as Americans, we’re all in this together.
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