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Congratulations Senator Barack Obama!

Congratulations, Senator Obama! You ran a long and strenuous campaign, and you have now won the 2008 Presidential Election. You were not my candidate of choice, and I strongly disagree with many if not most of your policies. However, you are the duly-elected next President of the United States. Therefore, I will give you the full honor and respect due your position and pray for you accordingly. At the same time I will continue to work and vote for those policies I believe are best as is my right and duty in a representative government. I wish you all the best and will be praying for you and your family.


Raymond E. Fowler
Feeding Hills, MA


“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1)

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

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A Prayer for Election Day

Here is a prayer for election day I shared with my church family earlier today:

Father in heaven,

I pray that you will give us wisdom today as we go to the polls to cast our votes. Help us as we make difficult decisions on a variety of issues and as we seek to elect godly men and women to positions of authority in our state and in our nation. Help us to trust you with the results. We pray against any voter fraud or corruption and ask that justice be done in each election.

We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Remember: pray early and often, but only vote once!

3 Things to Remember on Election Day

Here are three things to remember on Election Day. (These are from a message I shared in church on Sunday: A Christian in the Voting Booth.)

  1. The gospel is bigger than politics: Our faith is in Christ, not in any political party or candidate. Barack Obama is not the messiah. John McCain is not the messiah. Jesus Christ is the Messiah who came to make things right in the world.
  2. The church is bigger than political parties: God is neither a republican nor a democrat. Believers may disagree with each other on many issues, but that should not affect our fellowship in Christ. When we share communion together, we gather not as republicans or democrats or independents or libertarians, but as Christians, united together by our common faith in Christ.
  3. God is bigger than elections: (This is a good one to remember not just on Election Day but also on the day after, especially if your candidate does not win.) No matter how strongly you feel about one candidate or another, and no matter how disappointed you may feel if one candidate wins instead of another, God is bigger than all that. If the early church was able to worship God and spread the gospel under Emperor Nero, if contemporary Christians are able to worship God and spread the gospel in Communist China, trust me: we will still be able to worship God and spread the gospel under either John McCain or Barack Obama. And whoever is elected president, you need to respect that person as your newly elected leader and pray for them accordingly.

God is sovereign. God is in control. Let us pray for the election, let us do our part in voting as responsible Christians, and then let us trust God with the results.

Day After Election Post Preview

I will be publishing one of the following posts on Wednesday morning after Tuesday’s election. Which do you think it will be? 🙂

Post #1: Congratulations Senator Barack Obama!

Congratulations, Senator Obama! You ran a long and strenuous campaign, and you have now won the 2008 Presidential Election. You were not my candidate of choice, and I strongly disagree with many if not most of your policies. However, you are the duly-elected next President of the United States. Therefore, I will give you the full honor and respect due your position and pray for you accordingly. At the same time I will continue to work and vote for those policies I believe are best as is my right and duty in a representative government. I wish you all the best and will be praying for you and your family.

Post #2: Congratulations Senator John McCain!

Congratulations, Senator McCain! You persevered and defied all odds to win the 2008 Presidential Election in what should have been a Democratic year. I have had my problems with you in the past and did not vote for you in the primaries. However, I did vote for you on Tuesday as I felt you would do a better job as President than your opponents. I voted for you hoping that you will defend the rights of the unborn, cut government spending, protect our country during dangerous times, and appoint conservative judges to the bench. I trust you will fulfill these promises under which you campaigned and received my vote. I wish you all the best and will be praying for you and your family.

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A Christian in the Voting Booth

Yesterday’s message was called A Christian in the Voting Booth. The purpose of the message was to demonstrate how to think Biblically through various issues related to voting in the election on Tuesday. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Do I have a Christian responsibility to vote?
    A. You are responsible to exert a godly influence.
    B. You are responsible to pray for your leaders.
    C. As a voter you share the responsibility of government.

II. How do I approach voting as a Christian?
    A. Voting on state issues (Massachusetts)
        1) State personal income tax
        2) Possession of marijuana
        3) Dog racing

    B. Voting on national issues
        1) The economy
        2) Foreign policy
        3) Moral issues (such as marriage and abortion)

    C. Voting for candidates
        1) Character
        2) Wisdom
        3) Leadership

III. Three things to remember.
    A. The gospel is bigger than politics.
    B. The church is bigger than political parties.
    C. God is bigger than elections.

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10 Questions Before Voting

Theology professor Roger Olson risks offending both Republicans and Democrats with his Ten Questions to Consider Before Voting. (And I guess I risk doing the same by posting them here!)

5 Questions to consider before voting Republican:

  1. What will happen to the poor in a Republican administration?
  2. Will a Republican administration pursue world peace?
  3. How will a Republican administration promote mercy, compassion and justice for all?
  4. Is a Republican administration likely to be unduly influenced by large corporations?
  5. Can a Republican administration show respect for every human person’s dignity and rights?

5 Questions to consider before voting Democratic:

  1. What will happen to the not-yet-born in a Democratic administration?
  2. Will a Democratic administration keep America and others safe from terrorism?
  3. How will a Democratic administration promote security and safety for Americans and others?
  4. Is a Democratic administration likely to be unduly influenced by liberal special interest groups?
  5. Can a Democratic administration show respect for traditional family values?

What do you think? Does Olson do a good job with his questions of identifying some of the main strengths and weaknesses of each party?

Enthusiastic Obama Supporter

Methinks this Obama supporter may have got a little carried away by Obama’s promises in his speech at the rally. (Video length: 0:26)

HT: Bob Krumm

“It was the most memorable time of my life … It was a touching moment, because I never thought this day would ever happen. I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage. You know, if I help him, he’ s going to help me.” (Peggy Joseph; Obama supporter)

Click here for a recent list of Obama’s campaign promises (compiled by ABC News Senior National Correspondent Jake Tapper). Not that all of McCain’s promises have been overly realistic either.

Update (7/15/2014): Six Years Later

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TIME Magazine Says Experience Not Necessary to be President

time_cover_031008.jpg NEWSFLASH! TIME Magazine argues that experience is not necessary to be president — except that was seven months ago in March when they ran a two-article cover story on Sen. Barack Obama. Check out the following excerpts defending Sen. Obama’s lack of experience. (Where was TIME when people started attacking Gov. Sarah Palin as being light on experience?)

From: Does Experience Matter in a President?

Obama’s relatively light political resume … continues to be the focus of his rivals’ attacks [i.e. Hillary] … Obama’s credentials would be an issue in any election year. He would be sworn in at age 47, making him one of the youngest Presidents in history, and would arrive in the Oval Office with less executive experience than most of his predecessors …

Wouldn’t it be nice if time on the job and tickets punched translated neatly into superior performance? Then finding great Presidents would be a simple matter of weighing résumés … But it has never worked that way, which is why Lincoln’s statue occupies a marble temple on the Mall in Washington, while his far more experienced rival William Seward has a little seat on a pedestal in New York City.

If knowing the system is so useful, then second-term presidencies should be more successful than first-term. Instead, many Presidents lose effectiveness as they go along … To a keen student of human nature, all of life offers lessons in how to lead, inspire and endure. Lincoln’s ability to apply useful lessons from his motley experiences was among his most striking traits.

From: The Science of Experience.

In making the case that she would be a better President than Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton never forgets to summon the argument that she has more experience. But as the Florida State simulations show, experience doesn’t always help. In fact, three decades of research into expert performance has shown that experience itself … can actually hinder your ability to deliver reproducibly superior performance …

Experience is not only insufficient for expert performance; in some cases, it can hurt. Highly experienced people tend to execute routine tasks almost unconsciously … and they retrieve the information they need quickly, rarely pausing to apply rules … Which is not to say that, if elected, Clinton or John McCain would drive the country off a cliff — or that Obama, as a comparative novice, would be more cautious and less burdened by his habits. But the study of experience does indicate that the more seasoned candidates wouldn’t automatically outperform Obama as President.

Do you find TIME’s arguments convincing? Either way, it makes for some interesting reading seven months later and just days away from the election.

Related post: Obama, McCain and Palin TIME Magazine Covers

Obama, McCain and Palin TIME Magazine Covers

All the TIME covers from the past year featuring Obama, McCain and Palin.

(Note: Updated to include November 3 cover.)

One of my commenters asked me yesterday about the coverage of Obama vs. McCain on the cover of TIME Magazine. I found conflicting reports online, so I decided to compile the information myself. There have been fifteen issues of TIME Magazine in the last twelve months with pictures of the current presidential and vice-presidential candidates on the cover. Here is the numerical breakdown of total appearances. (Note: On some of the covers two candidates appear together.)

  • Barack Obama appeared on 12 covers (all but three)
  • John McCain appeared on 5 covers
  • Sarah Palin appeared on 1 cover
  • Joe Biden appeared on zero (sorry Joe!)

I don’t know that this means anything other than TIME appears to be more interested in Obama than in McCain, Palin or Biden. But I did notice a few interesting things going through the various covers. For example, the May issue with Obama and Clinton on the front is titled There Can Only Be One: was this before or after people started calling Obama “The One?”

It is also interesting to compare the most recent October issue (Does Temperament Matter?) with the March 10 issue (Does Experience Matter?). The March issue contains two cover articles defending Obama’s lack of experience, one from a historical vantage and the other from a scientific viewpoint. Both articles argue that experience is not necessary to be president and may even be harmful! Of course, this makes for very interesting reading seven months later now that much of the media has accused Sarah Palin of lacking the necessary experience to be Vice President.

Here are all the covers. You can click on the title to go to the online issue or click on the thumbnail for a larger picture. If you find anything interesting, be sure to share it in the comments.

December 10, 2007 – The Contender
Barack Obama

February 4, 2008 – The Phoenix
John McCain

February 18, 2008 – The Struggle For the Soul of the Democrats
Barack Obama (with Hillary Clinton)

March 10, 2008 – How Much Does Experience Matter?
Barack Obama

April 21, 2008 – Raising Obama
Barack Obama

May 5, 2008 – There Can Only Be One
Barack Obama (with Hillary Clinton)

May 12, 2008 – The TIME 100 (The Most Influential People in the World)
Barack Obama and John McCain

May 19, 2008 – And The Winner* Is
Barack Obama

August 11, 2008 – The Economy
Barack Obama and John McCain

September 1, 2008 – Special Issue: The Democrats
Barack Obama

September 8, 2008 – Special Issue: The Republicans
John McCain

September 15, 2008 – The Education of Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin

October 20, 2008 – Why the Economy is Trumping Race
Barack Obama

October 27, 2008 – Does Temperament Matter?
Barack Obama and John McCain

November 3, 2008 – 7 Things That Could Go Wrong on Election Day
Barack Obama (tiny, but he’s still there in the upper corner)

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Homer Simpson Tries to Vote for Obama

I am not a big Simpson’s fan, but I thought this was pretty funny.

(Video length: 1:20)

(HT: Althouse)

This reminds me of a hilarious interactive online “ballot” during the 2000 Bush/Gore election. It was basically a flash animation with a picture of Bush on the right and a picture of Gore on the left. The instructions said to click on the one you wanted for president. If you clicked on Gore’s face, you got Gore. But if you moused over Bush’s face to click on him, the faces would switch places. So then you would mouse over to Bush on the left to click on him, but the faces would shift again. If you tried too many times, both faces turned into Al Gore. There was no possible way to vote for Bush.

I have looked for it online since, but have never been able to find it again. Does anyone remember this or know where to find it online today?

By the way, I was living in Fort Lauderdale, FL in 2000, home of the hanging chads and butterfly ballots. There were a lot of funny things posted online at that time about the election. There must be a collection of it all online somewhere. Again, does anyone know where?

Around the Web – 10/29/2008


  • How the Press Reported the 2008 General Election. The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, a nonpartisan journalism watchdog organization, reports greater unfavorable press coverage for McCain’s campaign than Obama’s.

Tone of Press Coverage for McCain and Obama | The Pew Research Center

  • Redistribution of Wealth Experiment. A restaurant diner “spreads the wealth” by redistributing his tip to a homeless person outside.
  • Chuck Norris : I’m Voting for Those Not Yet Born. Chuck Norris speaks up on behalf of the unborn.
  • An Instructive Candidacy. Victor Davis Hanson reflects on what Sarah Palin has taught us about ourselves during this election cycle.
  • The Obama Temptation. “Fainting audience members at rallies. Special Obama flags and an Obama presidential seal … Young school children singing songs praising Obama. Teenagers wearing camouflage outfits and marching in military order chanting Obama’s name and the professions he is going to open to them. An Obama world tour, culminating in a speech in Berlin where Obama proclaims we are all citizens of the world.”
  • Deregulation: The Big Lie. “The current crisis was not caused by a deregulated ‘anything goes’ market, but by liberal intervention in the market, i.e. forcing banks to make high-risk loans or face costly lawsuits.”

All the Candidates’ Tax Returns

Gov. Palin released her 2006 and 2007 tax returns last week. Paul Caron over at the TaxProf compiles the main information from all four candidates onto one handy chart.

John McCain | Sarah Palin | Barack Obama | Joe Biden | Tax Returns

There seems to be a fairly wide spectrum in both reported income and charitable giving.

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