Wednesday, November 5, 2008

When It's Time to Change, It's Time to Rearrange- Toya
The following post is a post that I posted on Facebook. It is directed towards some Christians that posted Facebook statuses that were really irking my nerves.
 
Me: "You know what I wish would've happened? Barack Obama should've came out to "Brand New Day" from The Wiz.

Tia: "And McCain should've come out to "You Can't Win" from The Wiz"

I mean, we are Tia and Toya. We're going to have jokes. In the same vein, this is Facebook and a lot of people are going to use their cathartic license to express how they feel in their Facebook status and a lot of people seem to be disheartened by the outcome of the election. Some have stated that they are moved to pray and fast because they feel our country may need it now more than ever. That's nice.

Let's just say Barack is the anti-christ, sides with terrorists, and says what we want to hear with a hidden agenda to destroy America. Let's just say. Now what does that have to do with you? I know that sounds crazy but my point is if there is one thing that this election process has inspired me to do is to take a good look at personal responsibility. Yes, God is in control, but we have been so apathetic and downright lazy in America. We can be so complacent in our social and religious bubbles. It reminds me of the story in the bible when the people were like "We want a king! We want a king! Give us a king!" Ever see a parent who has a child that whines and whines to be picked up and carried and the parent stands there with their arms folded and a look on their face that says "are you done yet?" The parent is waiting for them to shut up so they can instruct them to do what it is that they can do themselves. And this is often how I feel about Christians in America. Case in point: Today someone told me that she and her husband were campaigning for Obama in the south. A lot of people in this white, upper class, neighborhood had catchy Christian posters, stickers and such on their doors and cars but when they were approached by this black couple, they were anything but Christ like. The bible says that the kingdom of God is like yeast in unleavened bread. Instead of placing the weight on one person to change the world (or destroy it) we need to realize the power that is within us to influence our world and even our president. If people are really serious about praying, then I hope they pray for our president out of BOTH sides of their mouths and don't dog him with one side and "God bless him" with the other (this goes for Bush too). 

But back to Obama being the anti-christ. Hey, I don't know this man or his heart. What I do know is that I have never seen the hope that I see in this country, a hope that is so desperately needed. That CAN'T be a bad thing. But just like hope can be contagious, so is negativity. I pray people don't kill this hope with negativity because the election did not go the way that they would've liked. So many kids are excited and will now dream that maybe one day they too can be president. Old people are excited to see a day that they never really dreamed would ever come. And black women? I have not seen black women be this friendly to one another since the week Waiting to Exhale came out! Tia and I were at Flying Saucer with some friends and some black women came over and hugged us and we all talked about how we couldn't wait to see Michelle Obama grace the stage. Regardless of how you may feel about the Obamas, can we at least give the Lord a hand praise that little girls of any race can see an example of a strong,intelligent black woman in the White House amongst the awful stereotypes they are faced with day in and day out?

Whether it's Obama or Billy Graham in office, God gave us all free will. If you are waiting for a president to put laws in place to keep your neighbor from making some choices with dire consequences instead of showing love to your neighbor and lending your hand to show them a better way to live, who are you REALLY saying is in control? God bless America but God please have MERCY on us if we do not really begin to "be the change that we want to see in the world". 

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