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I have been watching the inauguration of the new President Obama pretty much all day on CNN.com/live and can I just say, “that was really great”? Because it was. Really great.

Because I’m at work I was constantly pulling my attention away from the events that were unfolding, but I will definitely watch the footage again when I have more time to really listen to everything.

One thing I don’t get: What’s the deal with the rally in Texas? Honestly?! There are much more exciting things going on in this country to have to sit there and listen to Mr. Bush one last time! Not me. I tuned in out of curiosity for about 4.5 seconds and had to switch it back to the parade because although I had been watching the parade for an hour or so by then, it was infinitely more interesting than what Bush was saying. Truly. And I thank the One Who Is Good that I don’t have to listen to Bush again, ever!

President Obama was really great standing to see the whole parade despite being tired and cold, which I’m sure he was. He stood there and waved and saluted practically everyone in the parade, which was something I really respected. Michelle was by his side most of the time and I just loved that she reached out her hand for his often. Seeing a marriage of love really warms the heart.

I pray that the L-rd will use Obama to accomplish His perfect will and I pray for His guidance over the new president. I pray that Obama will be wise with his decisions and that he will act for the good of this country and not to its detriment. I pray that he will seek the wisdom and counsel of godly people and that they will advise him according to the word of the L-rd.

This is my prayer for our president and our country, in the name of Yeshua HaMashiach.

I’m so excited!!!

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I am satisfied with the election results. I hope that the direction this country is taking will shift for the better with Sen. Barack Obama as president, but he has a lot of work ahead of him and I hope that he makes the right decisions for this country. He has the right ideas on a lot of things, but we need to pray fervently for a change of heart on the abortion issue, among others.

Now that he is in power (or soon will be) we will need to pray fervently for him, his leadership in this country and around the world (yes, what he does will affect the world) and for HaShem’s will to be done always.

I hope (and think) he will be a good leader for this country, but he’s going to need our prayers in every aspect, every step of the way.

I should have taken pictures, but last night we went to a restaurant/pub that was going to be watching the election results on several big screens. We met up with a two other couples to watch the results. There was hardly any standing room in that place, but with some maneuvering we were able to find an empty bench upstairs, facing the wall (not the TV) next to an arcade machine, at the far corner of the room. There we huddled and craned our necks to watch. We couldn’t hear much from all the other sounds there, since everyone was talking, visiting and sharing their own opinions, but as soon as the results started to pour-in there was lots of cheering and lots of booing (only for red states). It’s not the way I pictured us hearing the news, but it was an interesting experience nonetheless and I wouldn’t change it.

After hearing Sen. McCain’s very gracious (if not insincere) speech, we decided to head to our house to hear Sen. Obama’s speech better. We were only there maybe 5 minutes before his speech began. We see him coming onto the stage with his arms in the air and his family at his side. Then dh says, “he has kids?! I’ve never seen his kids before!! They’re beautiful!” Ha ha! He was really in a good mood last night, so his excitement over Obama’s daughters was cute.

Anyway, Obama’s speech was just as gracious (if not insincere) and when that was finally done we sat around, visited, and watched the rest of the votes pour in. They showed that Jeff Merkeley was winning the senate seat, but today it seems they are tied and Gordon Smith is ahead by a few votes. I hope he doesn’t win it, but it’s looking likely.

Our company stayed around until they were starving, about 10 pm or so. I wish I’d had some food on hand but unfortunately all we had was some rice we cooked up before driving up to the restaurant, and there wasn’t enough of that, even.

Mental note: keep good food on hand!

Oh well. They got rum and coke.

Earlier this week my dear, wonderful mother sent me this cartoon:

Only I found it to be more sad than funny. It was obvious to me this had been sent around in republican circles (or at least people who tend to lean that way) and it was meant as a ridicule.

How absolutely backwards for “heathens” like the democrats to be caring for the poor and needy instead of the so-called “christian” right! Last time I checked, those are Biblical values and should be what believers in the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the followers of messiah Yeshua should be espousing, not ridiculing the other side for believing that way.

Leviticus 25:35-37 “If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your G-d, that your brother may live beside you. You shall not lend him your money at interest, nor give him your food for profit…”

Acts 2:44 “And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the L-rd added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

Acts 4:32-35 “Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.”

Where is the revolutionary love that we are supposed to be showing?

I can’t see it.

Earlier this week my dear, wonderful mother sent me this cartoon:

Only I found it to be more sad than funny. It was obvious to me this had been sent around in republican circles (or at least people who tend to lean that way) and it was meant as a ridicule.

How absolutely backwards for “heathens” like the democrats to be caring for the poor and needy instead of the so-called “christian” right! Last time I checked, those are Biblical values and should be what believers in the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the followers of messiah Yeshua should be espousing, not ridiculing the other side for believing that way.

Leviticus 25:35-37 “If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your G-d, that your brother may live beside you. You shall not lend him your money at interest, nor give him your food for profit…”

Acts 2:44 “And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the L-rd added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

Acts 4:32-35 “Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.”

Where is the revolutionary love that we are supposed to be showing?

I can’t see it.

Check out this video clip of Sen. Obama going door to door just recently. Yet another reason why I like Sen. Obama:

Not only is it a great political move (Ohio has been a toss-up state in the past few elections) but it makes him real. He’s a people’s man, for sure. It shows some humility, too. Now whether or not the humility portrayed is really there I don’t know (only HaShem knows*), but it’s a big difference from mainstream politics and refreshing to see.

* “I the L-RD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways,
according to the fruit of his deeds.” –Jeremiah 17:10
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the L-RD weighs the heart.” –Proverbs 21:2
“…for the L-RD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought.” –1 Chronicles 28:9

Fernando Belaunde Terry

Fernando Belaunde Terry

Fernando Belaunde Terry (President of Peru from 1980-1985)
I don’t remember anything about him, even that he was president. I was only three when he left office, though. Read the rest of this entry »

A response to the article written in USA Today, The Palin Predicament.

David Gushee has written an insightful article on “The Palin Predicament” (USA Today, September 15) and asked some very cogent questions of evangelical leaders who espouse a “complementarian” view of the roles of men and women (i.e., that men and women have separate but complementary roles). Mr. Gushee points to the essential contradiction in the view of those who say that Sarah Palin is qualified to be the vice president of the United States, but is unqualified to lead her own household or serve in a leadership position in the church. He wonders how those who “have spent most of their careers arguing that the primary responsibility of women is to tend to their homes and families” can now enthusiastically endorse a “mother of five with a grandchild on the way” whose political career does not permit her time to make her family her primary responsibility.

But Professor Gushee’s purpose is not only to ask questions; his ultimate purpose is to issue a challenge to conservative evangelicals. His challenge is simple: Because of your open support of an evangelical woman for vice president, are you also willing to rethink your faulty, “archaic theological vision” that prohibits you from allowing devout Christian women the full exercise of their gifts in all spheres of life, including the family and the church?

What I appreciate about Gushee’s article is the irenic yet penetrating way he exposes the flawed views and logic of the Christian leaders, denominations, and ministries that permit women to serve as governors of states and leaders of nations but forbid these same women from serving as leaders in their homes and churches.

–William Einwechter (Th.M.)

View the rest of this article here.

There is so much talk in the Christian community over Sarah Palin. I am not a republican and would not have been inclined to vote for McCain/Palin anyway, but the question that has been stirred up in the Christian blogsphere remains – should the Christian-Bible-believing community vote for a woman to hold office? Is it biblical? Many people have very differing opinions on this, even in my own family, but how are the Scriptures to be interpreted in this matter?

I have been on a spiritual journey recently, in which I am learning to find value in things of old, the old paths, as it were. I have been searching the words of the sages, the ancients, the ways of old.

Jeremiah 6:16 – “Here is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask about the ancient paths, ‘Which one is the good way?’ Take it, and you will find rest for your souls.”

I am enjoying rediscovering the Jewish roots of my faith and reading what solid Christians before me have written, and being strengthened in my faith by what I find. So what is it that I have learned so far, that would apply in this situation? Well, I have long been convicted by the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) about the social order that the Lord put in place for men and women. This is just one reason why I have explored and been blessed by my study (and experiments) in headcoverings. I believe it is Biblically correct that women should be supporters and helpers of men in leadership roles, but they should not be leaders themselves. Can they? Of course! They have every ability to lead and some do it well. But the real question is should they? And to that I have to say, no. The order which was established by the Lord since the beginning is that the man leads and the woman is his support. We were created for this role!

Genesis 2:18 – “The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

This does not only apply for spiritual matters, as some suggest. I believe it’s the natural order of things, and when we can shed this feminist mindset that ‘we should do everthing men can do’, we will see that we are happiest only when we are standing in obedience to the will of the Lord. There are many other verses in scriptures that speak of leaders and civil mandates, but I will link to articles of those who are more articulate than I am, so as to avoid confusion. One thing to remember, the scriptures are the Lord’s words to us, his manual for how we should live.

Sarah Palin and the Complementarian Compromise
A long but detailed article. Well-written.

Life In A Shoe’s views on Palin
Read the article and comments for differing views and opinions.

A Vote For A Curse?
Scroll to below the “Your Vote Counts” pin.

Some might think my opinion is extreme, but aren’t we called to a higher standard? Shouldn’t we be extreme in our way of thinking and acting? Is it really extreme or has our society fallen so below the standards the Lord has given to us that it only seems extreme?

“Talk show host Jay Leno recently scolded “Americans” for being a bunch of spoiled brats, unhappy with George Bush and our great country. For the most part, he said, we have safety, comfort and abundant freedoms. We need to stop listening to the media, which is overly focused on negativity. He further suggests that we should be more grateful for the blessings of being an American in America… Yes, we are a bunch of spoiled brats. Yes, we continue to view ourselves as being in a position of privilege in the world. Yes, as a country, we seem to have difficulty embracing the concept that there are limited resources. When we take more than our share, others suffer.”

Read the rest of the article here.

I absolutely understand where this guy is coming from. It’s not about us whining about our circumstances, but rather lamenting the wayward way in which this country is going. Some of the commenters at the bottom of the article thought that he was lamenting his own lifestyle, but I believe he was speaking collectively, as a whole. This is what our nation is doing, and I agree. It’s a sad thing to see where this country is headed and we are right to lament (as long as we are also doing our part to not contribute!).

Lately I’ve been reading the book of Jeremiah and these verses caught my eye:

“Jeremiah, say to the people, ‘This is what the Lord says:“‘When people fall down, don’t they get up again? Read the rest of this entry »

“One major fear of open immigration is economic: the fear of losing one’s job to immigrants. It is asked: ‘Won’t the immigrants take our jobs?’ The answer is: ‘Yes, so we can go on to better, higher-paying jobs’. The fallacy in this protectionist objection lies in the idea that there is only a finite amount of work to be done. The unstated assumption is: ‘If Americans don’t get to do that work, if foreigners do it instead, we Americans will have nothing to do.'”

The author brings up a lot of good points, including morality and our basic rights, both as Americans and humans. Read the article here.

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