I have to say TN, I am almost embarrassed by the percentage of people who voted for each candidate today. Only thirty-eight percent of people in TN voted for Obama. I firmly believe that this vote is a result of a myth that the Church has created in America, or at least in South, that in order to be a Christian you have to vote Republican. Now, I know many of you honestly took the time to research each candidate and make an intelligent decision on who you felt would make the best leader of our country, but for the rest of you...why did you vote for who you voted for? Honestly, i don't even care who you voted for, but I do care why you voted.
Amanda and I sat down and looked over the issues we felt strongly about and looked over where each candidate stood on the issues in order to make our decision. We felt strongly about poverty in third world countries, something Obama has a plan to help fight even more than the AIDS program Bush started. We feel strongly about heath care for children and the option to ave national health care available. Both candidates take a moderate stance on abortion (do your research Mccain supporters), both are doing tax cuts in one way or the other, and both plan on having our troops somewhere. Obama has plans to clean up our environment where as Mccain seem to not care about the green issue at all. Also, we did not like Mccain's stances on the death penalty and gun control.
So why did you vote? I hope that you know that just because you are a Christian doesn't mean you have to vote Republican. God is not a part of a political party. I would challenge all of you to take a long hard look at where you stand politically. Obviously our votes are already in and you cant change that now but please please please dont fall into the trap of the Christian Nation Myth. There is a great book out by Greg Boyd titled Myth of A Christian Nation that speaks on this myth. If you do your research and look back in history this nation was never truly a "Christian Nation." I could spend a whole book just on that book but I will say it greatly influenced how I viewed my voting rights. I would highly recommend you all pick it up and read it or borrow my copy or someone else's...it is that good!! I mean can we honestly say "God Bless America?" Sure a nice thought but I mean why just America? Why cant we think globally? What about the fact that more than half of the world lives on less than $2.50 a day? Or maybe the 30,000 children who die a day due to malnutrition and poverty. Instead, we get hung up on a myth, race, and religion. It is just sad and ignorant. Thats right, ignorant. If you did not do your research and voted republican because you are a Christian, you are ignorant. Im sorry, but that is how I feel. If you did your research and honestly believe the candidate you picked is the right candidate, then thank you for using your right to vote well.
I am proud to have the right to vote. I am proud to call myself a Christ Follower. First and foremost I am proud to call myself a Christ Follower. MCcain is not Jesus and neither is Obama. I challenge you all to seriously take a look at how you view politics on this election night. Congrats to Obama for running a great campaign and winning this election. I believe we have a great four years a head of us.