Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Hmmm

Yeah, I should never get excited about anything. So far this morning I've had two phone calls from people celebrating Obama's victory. And, yes, as you know I am glad he won, but by no means do I think it's cause for a national holiday. It's just Wednesday after all.

But I just had someone come in and tell me they are leaving the church because I voted for Obama. And it's someone I've always considered a friend and someone who I often looked to for support and advice and have a great deal of respect for. There is no other reason for their leaving, but they said they just couldn't attend church here anymore knowing I supported Obama. I am bummed.

I tried to convince them that I don't agree with him on everything, and that I don't envision ever talking about him on Sunday mornings, and that I thought they were maybe overreacting a bit, and I asked them to give it some time and to pray about it. But they seemed to have their mind made up.

sigh...

9 comments:

MR said...

wow... that's pretty hardcore. He'd make a good Catholic. He's probably at my church right now.

...but don't ask me where that is.

Tammie said...

"... by no means do I think it's cause for a national holiday. It's just Wednesday after all."

My favorite analysis of the election thus far!

Larry Geiger said...

They probably made the right choice. It's too bad.

Carrie Jade said...

Hey - don't get discouraged. Sometimes people just react without considering the big picture. We need to pray that they either find somewhere else to go or that they come back....

I don't know who Larry is and maybe you do but I think that one of the most important things to do as Christians is to encourage each other.

So again, please don't be too discouraged (probably funny coming from me - discouraged debby (instead of debby downer, get it?) Oh no, I used to many ()'s.

I'm rambling. Keep your head up.

Brook said...

That's truly horrible... In my opinion, his leaving is out of ignorance. First off, until he (Obama) has the chance to perform, how can anyone judge what was a good vote or a bad vote? Are they basing their connection with a church off of an assumption of what may take place over the next few years? Surely not?!

I appreciate that you didn't vote out of ignorance, but rather, out of an educated and spiritual choice. You read, you prayed and you listened. It's unfortunate that so many choose not to do the same before they vote. It's also truly unfortunate that others can't/choose not to embrace that we all can be different, but equal...whether it's in our skin color, sex, political party, age, health and so much more.

Especially as Christians I wish we would be able to embrace each other and, despite our many, many differences, come together under the One God and worship for one purpose. To grow together and closer to Christ despite those differences. It's sad that so many are not willing to allow this to happen...for what ever unfortunate reason...

Brook Sarver
www.two10eleven.com

Joan B. said...

It's hard for me to even get my arms around somebody acting in this way. But here's my two cents -- I think you set a good example for the church by sharing your views. Everything we do is part of our walk and that includes making informed decisions about voting. We don't have to agree but we need to be free to share.

I hear you sigh, but I hope it is a small, exasperated sigh, not a huge thoroughly discouraged sigh.

dan h. said...

I appreciate the input, folks.

I don't know if this person was scared, or angry, or if they had a legitimate beef. That's part of the problem of not having a staff or team to weigh things with. It would be easy to allow myself to be done in by criticism, but it's just as easy to dismiss people like this too. I am at least glad they had the courage to come and talk to me. So many people leave churches and never say a word. So... I don't know. It's just another day, I guess.

Thanks again for sharing.

MR said...

Was he a butcher? If so, he MAY have had a legitimate beef.

okay, I'm sorry... sorry about that oneSORRY EVERYONE...sorry...

dan h. said...

...hehe.