The 1868 collision of steamships America and the United States on the Ohio River. (Harpers Bizarre illustration)
I’d like to take you back to this excellent article by my friend Carlos at Chozeh and Nabiy titled - US Presidential Election 2012: This Ship Is Going Down. http://nabiy4america.wordpress.com/2012/10/21//
Yes, this ship is going down. And, like the steamships America and United States (traveling opposite directions on the Ohio River on December 4, 1868 ) the two-party system, Republican and Democrat are fated to collide with each other – with the same disastrous results.
Interesting, when you consider Ohio is considered the “lynchpin to electoral success” in this years election. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/11/the-note-special-election-weekend-edition-2012s-new-normal/.
I’ve been trying to imagine the day after the election. No doubt, no matter which side wins, the other will call foul as the potential for voter fraud in this election is perhaps greater than ever before.
For most Americans there is a lot riding on this election. Each perceiving that their way of life and values will be snatched away by the other. And, in the midst of growing disaster and disillusion by the American people, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Fomenting the very real possibility, of not just dancing in streets by the winners but, violence in the aftermath on the part of the losers.
America, the united has over the last four years become increasingly America the divided. And, as Jesus said, in Mark 3:25 -
“ A house divided against itself cannot stand”.
When, I was a child each school day began with these words:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Simple but, beautiful words. Words that seem almost archaic now, like looking through the rear window of an automobile as something loved fades away into the distance.
But, the reality is this. The kingdoms of this world were never meant to stand. And, on Wednesday November 7, no matter, who wins the election; little will have changed. America will remain a nation divided – a nation on a collision course with itself, (and, the God, she abandoned).
I pray that as we go into election day, each one of us, as believers, will have a renewed sense of hope. Knowing, that it is by God’s design that the kings and kingdoms of this world will all eventually pass away. And, as they do, we do not despair, (as those who have no hope), but, rejoice, for our hope (which lies in heaven) is that much closer, than it ever was before.
“….. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had the opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country — a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11:13-16.
Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of the one whose kingdom will be established forever and ever in righteousness and peace – our Lord, and King Jesus Christ! Cindy
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6