A Historic, Bittersweet Election Day


In 16 years of voting, I’ve never been so happy to draw that little line on the ballot as when I connected the arrow yesterday for Obama-Biden. Whatever the outcome would be, I felt an unprecedented hope for our country, merely because of the chance to vote for a candidate I believed in. Obama’s acceptance speech epitomized the qualities I admire about him: idealism and passion for justice, tempered by an intelligent and realistic assessment of how complex our problems are. Whatever stresses and slanders are thrown at him, he seems to meet them with uncanny equanimity. That quality, perhaps more than any other, has lately strengthened me by example.

I call this election bittersweet because voters in California narrowly passed Proposition 8, which would amend the state constitution to take away same-sex marriage rights. Florida passed a similar measure, while Arkansas voted to ban adoptions by gay couples.

Imagine waking up this morning and learning that the people of your state had voted to break up your family. Without ever meeting you, they’d taken it upon themselves to decide that your love wasn’t real love, and your children didn’t belong to you. Church leaders had persuaded your neighbors and your family that God abhorred your intimate relationships–maybe even sowed a terrible doubt in your mind. This breaks my heart most of all. Worldly governments only have lordship over our bodies, but you’re better off killing a man than coming between him and his God.

Before the Civil War, African-American families were torn apart by white slave-owners who believed their marriages weren’t real. No more than a generation or two ago, our courts and legislatures were still debating whether race should remain a barrier to employment, education, housing, and the right to marry the man or woman of one’s choice. Now we have an African-American president. While racism still afflicts us, think how the terms of the debate have already shifted, beyond the imaginings of people who grew up in the civil rights era. Social change does happen, though it feels painfully slow to those whose basic rights are still in jeopardy. Take a deep breath, look back at history, look forward in faith.

16 comments on “A Historic, Bittersweet Election Day

  1. Greg says:

    Christianity and Homosexuality are in direct opposition to one another.Sin is sin… Homosexuals are welcome in the church, but not homosexuality. We love our borthers but dislike the sin. Just as we as Christians must not desire any other sin, so it is with homosexuality. It is a sin to lie, just as it is a sin to have homosexual relationships. I myself have a gay brother and I look forward to the day he is delivered from that lie. Anyone who has any common sense, bible knowledge and simple lessons in anatomy can figure out that homosexual relations are a deceptive tool by the adversary. Those relationships rob you of many things in life, including walking in the fullness of God. God does not accept sin on any level. Homosexual relationships are unnatural and unhealthy. God couldn’t have made it any clearer in the bible that this is one of the very things he detests. I pray for the millions of gays that have been lost to a generation of lies. May you be reconciled with the Lord and set free from the captivity that you are in.. Merry Christmas and God Bless!

    I Corinthians 6:9(NIV) – Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

    NOTICE the DO NOT BE DECIVED!!! Thats the key here. It doesn’t get any clearer than this?

  2. antonio navaro says:

    God does not approve of homosexuality i broke up with my girl friend who was lesbian because i found out i preached to her leviticus 18,20 1 romans 24-32 i corinthians 6-9 whoever says that God approves of homosexuality is a liar and serves the devil God destroy two cities because of homosexuality thats how strong God feels about homosexuality when God made adam and eve he didnt make adam and steve or eve and evette i feel so bad because i had to leave my girl which i loved so much but i cannot support what God disapproves of and if the apostle paul read your blog he would preach to you the truth as i have do not lie to people for this verses are the truth and God will never approve whats is unnatural with the natural. if God had approved homosexuality 2 men and 2 women would have been able to reproduce and they cant a man and a woman can reproduce so what does that tell u that a man and a woman is what is natural stop believing what is not true people God will condemn you if u keep living that life and practicing what is unnatural.

  3. Jendi Reiter says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I will pray that God opens your heart to accept your gay brother as God made him.

    Folks, I will be blocking comments henceforth that merely repeat anti-gay rants and do not engage with the alternate interpretations presented in great detail on this blog. My goal is to balance free speech against creating a safe environment for dialogue with GLBT Christians. 

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow…If you think that homosexuality is accepted by God then you should just donate your Bible to charity.
    You have been deceived by seducing spirits and if you do not repent…there is no hope for you.
    I pray that you will see your immoral ways before it is too late.

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