For a few weeks, I've been reading the blog of Ben Witherington, a New Testament professor at Asbury University. Behind the cut is my reaction to his latest post, in which he reprints a friend's post about the election results and reactions. If your faith background is different from mine, please note that my comments are directed toward the church. You're welcome to read if you wish.
This commentary on the morning after the election is phenomenal. Ben Witherington reprinted it... I don't need to steal it from him. Every word resonated with me, but especially:
"Imagine if all the people in America who claim to believe in God actually prayed for their leaders? Or spent one-tenth as much time in seeking the heart of God as they do in griping?
"If you believe that the election of Candidate X will be catastrophic, if you think Candidate Y’s policies are faulty, then you would be wise to begin to pray, today, that you turn out to be wrong. The morning after an election – and every morning for the believer, prayer is in order.
If I had a nickel for every time I have heard something along the lines of, "I pray I'm wrong," used really as a means to scoff at another person's supposed stupidity; or "God have mercy on you," used as a statement of condemnation ... I would not need to look for a job after I'm done with this degree. I've often heard people get on someone's case about the use of the words, "oh God" because it is taking the Lord's name in vain. If it is, so are a lot of other things we do and say! We take the Lord's name in vain when we don't care for the poor but sit around reading about it. We take the Lord's name in vain when we forcibly "convert" people into calling themselves Christians when they never experience the real love of God--I've heard this called innoculating people against the gospel. And we certainly take the Lord's name in vain when we use that name to ridicule or condemn other people instead of praying earnestly for them.