Tag archives: Election 2012

An Eternal Perspective on Today’s Elections

by Rob Schwarzwalder

November 6, 2012

The Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes (Daniel 4:32).

My mother used to quote this verse when political topics would come up. It was her way of reminding my family and me that God has been and remains in control of time and eternity, whatever the puny efforts of man to challenge his Lordship.

It was true in the case of Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king God humbled and then restored.

It is true today, whether President Obama is re-elected or Gov. Romney replaces him.

It is true whatever the outcome of every race, however minor or major, that occurs in our country today.

Does this absolve Christians of their duty to work hard for candidates who stand for faith, family, and freedom? Of course not. Yet in His sovereign way, the Most High is accomplishing His purposes. Let’s be encouraged by that, whatever befalls us politically.

Jesus wins in the end - I know; I’ve read the Book.

Working the Polls on Election Day

by Sherry Crater

November 6, 2012

My assignment for today is working the voting polling site at my local precinct. My county in Virginia, Prince William County, is a bellwether county for Virginia. The word to describe the activity at the voting site is intensity. One-third of the voters in my precinct have already voted by 11:00 a.m. and there is a steady and fairly heavy stream of voters that will pick up during the lunch hour and at the end of the day. Early voters waited close to 2 hours to vote and the average voting time is about 1 hour at this writing. It seems that we are witnessing what the polls have said…..a head to head race. Some voters have started to leave due to the long time in line, but there has been good opportunity to remind them of the importance of their vote and that the average precinct can be won or lost by 1-3 votes. Thankfully, that reminder has worked to help folks stay and make their vote count.

Voters seem to be on a mission too, as they arrive with their minds made up and most are determined to vote even if they arrive with several young children and are alerted that they will have a long wait. Some go back to get a stroller but return resolved to wait and vote. One man I encountered could hardly walk but he was determined to “vote against Obamacare” as he put it.

Of interest, most voters are respectful but resolved. A minor dustup occurred regarding some damaged signs of one of the candidates, but that is being resolved too. The lawyers and polling officials are respectful too, but it is all business. The serious decisions being made today are apparent to all these voters.

Heading back to the polls now and realizing how really important this poll working job is.

Voting in Washington’s Virginia

by Rob Schwarzwalder

November 6, 2012

There are almost always lines at voting stations, but since I began to exercise my franchise in 1976, I’ve never seen anything like what I saw this morning.

Rose Hill Elementary is a pleasant school in suburban Washington. A print of George Washington in his general’s uniform is displayed prominently in the school office. This seems appropriate, both because of the “First Founder’s” importance to our country and because his home, Mt. Vernon, is only a few miles away from the school.

In the school foyer this morning, there were several tables full of baked goods which were being sold to those of us in line to help finance a fourth-grade trip to Jamestown. The gym, where the voting takes place, is small but clean and festooned with the flags of many nations - perhaps because so many of the students of the school are from immigrant families - but the largest flag is that of the United States, and is hung prominently so as to be hard to miss.

The line I was in was roughly one-quarter mile long. Hundreds of those Gen. Washington, in his Farewell Address, called our “friends and fellow citizens” lined up to cast their ballots in a historically decisive election. Good humor was prevalent, a sense of excitement almost palpable. Rather than being irritated by the length of the line, people were quiet and patient; only good-natured laughter occasionally broke the silence. The fact that there were so many cheerful children’s projects decked along the hallways probably didn’t hurt.

I was greeted at the electronic voting booth by a smiling and gracious woman who instructed me in the use of the machine. For all I know, she is a person of vastly different political leanings than mine. But her courtesy outweighed any desire to try to strong-arm me into voting one way or another.

Our country is riven by disagreement on some of the most crucial things that could face any nation. As Margaret Thatcher said once, “The veneer of civilization is very thin.” In an era where the public use of expletives is seen by many as amusing, where “entertainers” commit vile acts on-stage before young children, where life is counted sufficiently cheap that sex-selection abortion is becoming more prevalent, I’m not sure how long we can endure as a free republic. Yet today, at least in one Northern Virginia suburb, civility, respect, and honor for the right of free people to uphold representative self-government were real.