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An Immigrant’s Thoughts

My dad did not grow up in this country. My dad wrote this on his blog today…

On November 4th, 2008 we will vote for a new president. Watching the news, reading the papers, and listening to the voices around me, I began to reflect on some important facts:

1.-We have the freedom to vote.

2.-There will be no military presence at the polling places.

3.-We will not be afraid to vote our conscience.

4.-We will have a new president.

5.-We will not have a coup.

6.-We will pray for and support the new president.

In many countries of the world, the loosing party would seek to assassinate the new president. I pray for God’s protection of our new president. I thank God for the privilege of living in a country where bullets do not fly at night after an election.

May we continue to pray for all our leaders.

Fermin

  • Amen. I get so tired of the ridiculous emails that go around saying how this is the darkest election of our lifetimes, or that the country will go to hell if one candidate or the other wins. We forget how lucky we are to live in a place where things won’t fall apart, even if we’re disappointed by the results.

  • Amen! All these things are for to be thankful!

  • ash

    we’re learning a lot about immigration in our American Studies class. It amazes me that some people don’t know what a grociery store is.
    we are amazingly blessed.

    –ash

  • well said.
    and i just think it’s cool that your dad blogs! 😉

  • Thank God we are all Americans! And Thank God for our Freedom! Well said Papa Soul!!!

  • cari

    Amen.

  • great reminder Los, thanks to your dad for sharing!

  • Your dad hit the nail on the head. You have a very wise father.

  • Les

    Amen, amen, amen… There are amazingly few places in the world where you can speak your mind without fearing for your life. Our country is leaning that way, and we may yet go there. It does matter who leads the country, and it’s getting more critical with every election.

    But MAN! I’m thanking God daily for the gift this country has been to the world and that I’m privileged to be living in it. I’m going to make the best decision I can given what information I have. And we get to debate it. That’s incredible. So much blood has been spilled over the centuries to give us that right and to maintain it. It’s tenuous and fleeting. It is not guaranteed. We can lose it just by doing the wrong thing to try and keep it.

    Ultimately I’m glad God is in charge of me. What else is there?

  • Amen! Excellent reminder of things too often taken for granted.

  • Wow, that’s such a good perspective! Pray for the new President!

  • I did not grow up in this country either… and I say amen!

  • amen

  • Jim

    Dude, your dad is Southern Baptist? Just Kidding. I think your dad gives us a great reminder of the blessing it is to live in this country.

  • Wow, your dad is a Southern Baptist!

  • Liz

    your blog provided inspiration for my blog …

    Thursday, September 04, 2008

    peace

    I am so looking forward to January 21, 2009 … the day AFTER the Presidential Inauguration when life gets back to normal. This Election season is officially out of control. A friend actually yelled at me the other day over Politics. Yes, friend.Yes, yelled. Yes, politics. I kept saying “Why are you yelling?” “Why are you so angry?”. They apologized and of course meant no harm in yelling … they just got caught up in this circus going on. Everybody is so angry. Everybody is so mean. Everybody is yelling. I don’t get it. Stop yelling. Ack, no thanks. I like peace. I like positivity. I just can’t roll with anger.

    It is okay if people disagree. It is okay that there are opposite views. People have been disagreeing since 1776 when this country was founded … pretty sure people disagreed before then too. Point being, the world still spins with opposite views. Everyone is not going to agree about everything. So just roll with it.

    I’ve only been voting since 1996 so I am certainly not an official on Elections, but the ones I have seen since then have all been the same. This party hates that party, that party hates this party. Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah. My brain hurts.

    You like a candidate. Good. Go for it. Peacefully support your candidate. Tell everybody and their Momma why they should vote for your choice. Put out signs, wear shirts, attend rallys, raise money, write blogs, etc. – I am all for that.

    But do not keep on and on and on about why they should not vote for the other candidate. Do not hate someone because they do not support your candidate. Do not automatically deem someone ignorant because they do not support your candidate. Do not treat someone like they are Evil or the Enemy because they do not support your candidate.

    Can’t we all just get along?

    I have friends that are 110% Obama. And I have friend that are 110% McCain. And I have friends that don’t know who they are for. And ya know what … I like them all .. the ones I agree with, and the ones I disagree with, they’re still my friends. And even if they weren’t my friends. I respect them, because they’re humans and God’s children and unless they’ve given me a life or death reason to not respect them, I can be civil with them and act like an adult.

    Be Peaceful People.

    And educate yourselves. Do not vote for somebody because your Family has always voted Democratic or Republican. Do not vote for somebody because your favorite celebrity endorses them. Do not vote for somebody because they do or do not look like you. Do not vote for someone because of who your friends tell you that you should or should not vote for.

    Take the time to do the research. Voting records are all listed online. Speeches are all listed online. Read them. Watch them. Find bipartisan websites that are unbiased and read. Know what both sides are saying and doing on each and every issue. Watch CNN and watch Fox. Listen to 1510am and 1470am. Check a variety of Media outlets to make sure the information you gather is not biased one way or the other.

    To those of you that pray. Pray. Pray for both candidates. Pray for God to guide them. Pray for them to rely upon him. Pray for our leaders. If you agree with them, if you disagree with them, we should all still be praying for them.

    And pray before you vote. Get that “Jesus Peace” about your decision … as long as you have that … no worries, let God guide you in all your decision-making big and small … Trust me, I have tried decision-making with and without God and it works out much better with him.

    Remember kids … Politics are important, but they should not be the most important thing. Life is still going to be good, this country is still going to be great, and this world is still going to spin no matter who sits in the Oval Office … God is still in control.

    Be peaceful. Be positive. Be prayerful.

    – Liz

    John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

    Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

    Proverbs 3: 3 – 7 “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.”