Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

National Debt Reduction

November 10, 2008

I was amazed at how much money Obama was able to raise for his campaign.  He is obviously good at getting people to contribute to a cause. 

Maybe he could use that skill to reduce the national debt.  On the tax forms that we file every year there are boxes where we can make contributions to this cause or that cause.  Maybe we could add a box where we could contribute to paying off the national debt.  I don’t know what our arrangements are, or who we owe this money to, but the normal loan has payments of principle and interest.  We could establish a way for people to contribute to paying off the principle of the national debt by their donations.  

This first year, all of those people who make over 250,000 who voted for Obama could voluntarily contribute the difference between what they pay for taxes under Bush and what they will be paying under Obama.  That would be a nice start, and it really wouldn’t cost them any more than what they have offered to pay the government anyway.  Plus, there are many average Americans who recognize the need to pay down our debt, who might just check that box, and make a contribution. 

You have to start somewhere.


October 18, 2008

I read with sadness the story about the invocation given recently at a McCain rally in Davenport, Iowa.

The minister basically said that God needed to prove His power by ensuring that John McCain be elected. 

I am a Christian minister, and a supporter of John McCain, but that prayer disturbed me in several ways.            

First, there is the assumption that God is on McCain’s side.  What about all the Christian people who for a wide variety of reasons have chosen to support Obama?  Are we to say that they are fighting against God?  I don’t think that is proper to make that statement.  Both men have claimed a measure of faith and we are not in a position to judge their relationship with God. 

Secondly, we do not know the plan, purpose or will of God for this election.  We may think that we do, but do we, really?  Do we have the mind of God?  Do we have the right to speak for Him in this matter?  That is pretty bold for someone to claim.

Third,  God does not need to prove His power in this way.  God regularly works in the lives of people around the world who can testify to His power to save, to heal, to help in a wide variety of ways.  The final demonstration of the power of God will come on that day when we come before Him, when every knee will bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

I hope that the people of God will be involved in this election process.  I hope that we will show grace, love and peace to to all of our fellow Americans, regardless of their religious, or political beliefs.

It’s Ain’t Over, Till It’s Over

October 16, 2008

This morning I played my usual morning game of spider solitaire as I waited for my internet to connect and my brain to wake up.  The game did not start out very promising, and it appeared that I would be lucky to get anything cleared off at all.  Then with the last set of cards, the pieces slowly started to come together.  One by one, moves were made, and the game was won.  I was pleasantly surprised and once again reminded that it ain’t over, till it’s over.

Actually, I thought about that last night as I watched the last portion of the final debate.  Certainly, it looks pretty good for Obama right now, but it’s ain’t over yet.

In my own life, I am reminded that I should never give up on the hopes, dreams, and goals that I have in my own heart.  It ain’t over yet.

There may be a time when we need to adjust, change or postpone our goals.  There is a difference between quitting and redirecting, as long as the redirection is a conscious decision, made after careful analasis.

As a marine, we were taught that we should never surrender while we have the means to resist, and that meant, if we were still conscious, we could still resist, using any and every means at our disposal. 

Never quit.

Never give up.


That’s a pretty good lesson for life.

Election Year

September 9, 2008

This year is once again an election year.  It feels as though the campaigning has been going on forever and to some degree, I am ready for it to be over.  It will be interesting to see what happens in the next two months, and then in the next four years of a new administration. 

I believe that it is important to be a part of the political process.  As a pastor, I encourage people to participate to the degree that they are comfortable, but I hope that everyone will at least do a little research and cast their vote.  A while back, I saw a listing of the candidates stances on a variety of topics and easily made my choice.  There are clear differences between McCain and Obama. 

The church of course must be bipartisan.  Christians come in both red and blue.  Individuals can have differences of opinion politically and still worship together in unity.  It is my prayer that whichever way the election goes this year that we will be able to work together for a better future.  Whoever wins, at our church and in my own devotional time, our next president and our other governmental leaders will be regularly lifted up in prayer, that they may make the right decisions for our country.