I’m sure there will be posts just like this one all over the blogosphere today.  I haven’t started looking, but I’m sure they’re there.  I thought about mulling all of this over a bit more, perhaps coming up with more insightful reflections, but I’ve decided to come and put down what’s rambling around in my head before I start reading what other people are saying.

Today seemed relatively normal.  I’ve been busy at work and the full day has kept my thoughts from dwelling on last night.  Our lives go on, and perhaps this is a good thing.  After months and months of listening to nothing but election coverage and wondering what was going to happen on November 4th… well, the sun still rose high in the sky on November 5th, I am currently eating a pb&j sandwich for lunch, and I still have a long list of items on my to-do list.  A normal day.

 At the same time, perhaps this “life goes on” is a not-so-good thing.  People were united in prayer these past months or weeks over a common cause.  We were praying and fasting and sacrificing, our attention focused on the battle of good and evil in our midst.  What happens now?  Our lives continue on as we chalk the victory up to a “party of death.”  Do we now become complacent?  Or do we continue to fight? (And what about those whose lives don’t go on?  Because they’re there, even if we can’t see them.)

I don’t believe God gives us anything we can’t handle.  So we will get through the next four years.    At the same time, we gave ourselves this mess.  Democracies elect leaders they deserve.  Perhaps more sacrifice is needed on our part before victory is achieved (and hey, I’ve read the end of the Book- we win). 

When I say that we’re facing a tough four years of sacrifice, I’m not just talking about the losses we’re going to see in prolife legislation and the millions of babies that will die in and out of the womb.  The economy is going to suffer, and when our economy suffers, our military will suffer, and we’ll face threats to our national security like lame ducks. (But hey, don’t worry!  Obama’s going to sit down and talk to Chavez and Ahmadinejad, and everything will be fine!)  We’re facing socialism in a way we haven’t seen yet in this country.  It crept in with FDR and Social Security, with LBJ and Medicare, and now we’re looking at even greater entitlement programs: healthcare, college…  We’re also looking at restrictions of first-ammendment rights with the so-called “Fairness Doctrine.”  The list is a long one.

Yes, folks, it’s going to be an interesting four years.

One more thing.  One of the first headlines I saw today said “Obama wins in historic landslide.”  Yes, the election was, obviously, historic.  But was the landslide?  The media is trying to paint last night as if it was a large margin of victory.  And yes, the wins were impressive.  My own home state betrayed life and went for Obama, the first Democrat Presidential victory in Indiana in many, many years.  He won states that had been solidly red for Bush.

But a historic landslide?  What about 1984, when Reagan won every state in the Union bar one? Forty-nine states.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is a “historic landslide.”  Don’t confuse this with that.

In close, I don’t want to sound like I’m forecasting Doomsday to break out tomorrow.  I don’t want to sound like a crazy person, nor do I want to depress everyone.  I don’t think the end of the world is upon us because of last night’s results.  I think we have a fight ahead of us, but I think that can be a very good thing indeed.  Great things have come when good people fight for truth.  So get ready!

And, like I said before, I’ve read the end of the Book.  We win.  So don’t be depressed- be happy and hopeful… and ready to fight. : ) 

In the words of one of our founding Fathers:

“It may be the will of Heaven that America shall suffer calamities still more wasting and distresses yet more dreadful.  If this is to be the case, it will have this good effect, at least: it will inspire us with many virtues, which we have not, and correct many errors, follies, and vices, which threaten to disturb, dishonor and destroy us.  The furnace of affliction produces refinement, in states as well as individuals.  And the new governments we are assuming, in every part, will require a purification from our vices, and an augmentation of our virtues or there will be no blessings … But I must submit all my hopes and fears to an overruling Providence; in which, unfashionable as the faith may be, I firmly believe.”  – John Adams, 3 July 1776