*First of all, whatEVER you do, make SURE that you get out and VOTE! It's so important. And I hope that we all encourage our friends, neighbors, acquaintances to do the same.
*I am still baffled that there could be a such thing as an undecided voter. Who are these people? From what frame of reference are they operating? By what compass do they guide their decisions?
*I am noticing that there is still hesitation and frustration in the ranks of some Christian conservatives about voting for McCain. A flirting with the option of third party voting. I also used to think that my conscience would be better served by voting for the person I truly hoped would win, rather than the one who actually has a chance to win. I have changed my mind somewhat in this election. If our choice were between TWO evil men, TWO pro-abortion men, TWO socialistic-minded men, TWO men who were equally as inclined to strip away all semblance of our heritage, traditions, and Judeo-Christian values, TWO men who cavort with unsavory acquaintances, then I'd say, "ABSOLUTELY VOTE THIRD PARTY!!!!" That is not the case in this 2008 election. I believe we have a duty to look at this thing sensibly and pragmatically. A vote for Obama would be to turn our backs on everything we believe and know to be morally right. And a vote for a third party is a vote for Obama. That is absolutely unacceptable.
*Speaking of unsavory involvements: I keep trying to understand something else about this campaign. I can't quite figure out why the McCain people haven't done a better job making something clear. This whole "Rev." Wright, Ayers, Acorn stuff has been made a mockery of, like that's just McCain grasping at straws to create an atmosphere of "fear". I don't think that should be the issue at all. I think it's actually more basic than that. One of the first lessons that good parents teach their children is that who one associates with, plays a major role in defining that individual. We can often tell that the character of a young person is being shaped by the friendships they are forming, and by those that they choose to look up to. This is one of my biggest concerns about Barack Obama. I don't really know what his association with all of these individuals has been, and I don't know how many untoward character traits have been formed in him because of it. What I care about is simply that there is a pattern of at least two decades of his name being spoken in association with questionable figures. And his explanation about any of it has been less than forthcoming. We don't know this man. We only have a few things on which to base our knowledge of him, and you would think he would want to clear his name from these things a little better than he has done.
*At this point, I don't think there's any changing the minds of those who are in the tank for Obama. They remind me of the story of "The Emperor's New Clothes." Remember that one? I remember it was the first time I ever learned the word 'swindler', and I thought it was such a cool word. (yeah, I was a weird kid). Remember the crowds in the story "oohing and ahhing" as the Emperor paraded through the streets decked out in his immaculate finery? Remember it was one little boy who finally stated the obvious when he pointed out that the Emperor was actually stark naked?????? When I see all this hoopla over Barack Obama, I feel like that little boy. I don't see what others are seeing. And I think it's because there's nothing there to see.*John McCain will probably not be the finest President this nation has ever known. Arguably, truly GREAT men are a little harder to find these days. But I am certain of this: John McCain will not deliberately set out and seek to destroy the fundamentals of our society. He will not seek to strip freedoms away from American families, American Christian families, etc., to run our households as we see fit. How could we possibly question his love and devotion to this country? John McCain wasn't my first choice in the primaries, either. I would have yelled it from the rooftops if it would have made a difference. But now he's the only choice. I am sincerely fearful, that if a President Obama has the way cleared for him (by way of a fully democrat-controlled D.C.), he will steer our ship significantly off the course set by previous generations of Americans, and especially that of our nations' founders. I don't want to see that happen.
*Our church is hosting a prayer vigil beginning at Midnight on Election day. I intend to spend time in prayer. I'm not going to ask God for John McCain to win. I'm going to pray for Wisdom on behalf of American voters. It is God who raises up and brings down, but sometimes we just get what we ask for.