If Romney wins, then, but if Obama wins…

Tuesday, our country will elect a president. As a fan of politics, and in-person viewer of two inaugurations, I’ve been paying attention. I believe the results will have an enormous impact on the future of our country.

Here are my plans if Romney wins, and then if Obama wins…

 

If Romney wins…

1. I’ll still see Jesus as my king. While I’ll work to live as a good citizen on Earth, I’ll focus most on “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” As Petra sang in the mid-80’s, “We are strangers, we are aliens…we are not of this world.”

2. I’ll pray for him. While I’ll try to remember to pray for him daily, I won’t commit to this for fear of breaking the commitment, but he’ll absolutely be the subject of many of my prayers. 1 Timothy 2:2 says, “Pray…for kings and all who are in authority…”

3. I’ll love my family. I love my wife and Parker and Fisher. We love our time together, prayers together, playing games together, etc. That love will grow.

4. I’ll stand challenged to help those in need. My life changed as I read Isaiah 58:10, “And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, your light will rise in the darkness, and your darkness will become like the noonday.” I plan to focus on serving Him by serving them more effectively. This will impact how I spend my time, money and focus.

 

But if Obama wins a second term, then…

1. I’ll still see Jesus as my king. While I’ll work to live as a good citizen on Earth, I’ll focus most on “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” As Petra sang in the mid-80’s, “We are strangers, we are aliens…we are not of this world.”

2. I’ll pray for him. While I’ll try to remember to pray for him daily, I won’t commit to this for fear of breaking the commitment, but he’ll absolutely be the subject of many of my prayers. 1 Timothy 2:2 says, “Pray…for kings and all who are in authority…”

3. I’ll love my family. I love my wife and Parker and Fisher. We love our time together, prayers together, playing games together, etc. That love will grow.

4. I’ll stand challenged to help those in need. My life changed as I read Isaiah 58:10, “And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, your light will rise in the darkness, and your darkness will become like the noonday.” I plan to focus on serving Him by serving them more effectively. This will impact how I spend my time, money and focus.

 

While I have some definite perspectives on this race (some of which I’ll tweet before Tuesday), these are the things most important to me. Thankfully, the political situation of our country doesn’t change any of life’s most important perspectives.

Detained at the inauguration…reminiscing

We now have a new President. What a historic day. I’m reminiscing…in both ’01 and again in ’05 just for fun I went to the inaugurations. Not boring.

In ’05, on the day before the ceremony, snow was falling in DC. Crews were setting up for the big event, and there were fences, chairs, platforms, giant tv screens, etc. everywhere.

We were on one side of the capital hoping to get to one of the Smithsonian museums. We were given directions that included the instruction to “follow the fence.” We did. The problem is that it was snowing, it was early (not a lot of people were out yet), and a large opening was created in the fence for some large machinery. We followed the fence…through the unintended opening and on the wrong side of the fence and couldn’t get out.

Oops. We asked a worker how to get out and he got a scary look on his face. Police were summoned. They asked a lot of questions. They walked with us to a warmer area and asked a lot more questions. They called in our license numbers/etc. They asked, “Do you realize that there’s a large scale event that will be held here tomorrow and the security is tight?” We did indeed realize this.

Anyways…I could be on a watch list somewhere. We were detained (a dramatic word) for about 30 minutes or so total. They let us go. That’s my inauguration story…

Dear Mr. President

The other day, I wrote an email to President Bush. The crazy thing is, he’ll actually get it. Will he read it? Who knows… Karl Rove had a deal set up where if you emailed his assistant, they would print it out, and hand deliver it to the former President. They’re going to give it to him sometime today. That email is between him and me, but I wanted to share some thoughts I’d share with President Obama if we could sit down for coffee or something…

  • Congrats…
  • I will pray for you…for wisdom, wise counsel, supernatural insights, and that you’ll walk in integrity. (The same types of things I prayed for Bush.)
  • We’re at a very exciting season in our country, and you have the respect and love of a vast majority of Americans. I join them in my hopes for a stronger, more respected, America.
  • I’m excited to see the impact you’ll have internationally. I look forward to seeing open doors, a deepending respect for America, and new opportunities for people from the USA to help others abroad.
  • Remember the poor! Please reach out to the fatherless and the widow…with respect, new opportunities and a belief that with resources in their community, they can escape poverty.
  • Thank you for your service to our country. I’m sure these will be a very exciting four years, but I know they’ll come at a sacrifice to your family and your personal freedom. Thanks for being willing to make this sacrifice for our country.
  • I’m gonna be praying for you!

Those are some of the thoughts I’d share over coffee with President Obama if given the chance.

And today…what a special day for our country, regardless of political persuasion. God bless America and God bless President Obama.

Laughing with politicians

I’ve loved the last 11 days…lots and lots of time with family, staying late at the house and coming home early…and earning Incredible Pizza tickets. I’ve eaten some great food, and laughed with (at) our Presidential candidates.

Did you see them the other night? Great stuff.

I think it’s imperitive that leaders have the ability to laugh at themselves. We’re facing serious times, but we can’t be serious 24/7. Both candidates had some great lines. My favorite lines from McCain were about Hillary’s potential support and his willingness to help Keith Olbermann decorate the MSNBC office, and the favorite Obama lines were in regards to his not being born in a manger, because he wasn’t. It was a fun night.

It reminded me of President Bush and Clinton, etc. and thoughts they share at the Washington Correspondent’s Dinner.

Anyways, I’ll hit the road again tomorrow in the midst of a busier than usual fall. I look forward to sharing thoughts from the road…and then to getting home to family again soon.

Karl Rove’s gonna tell me hello in the WSJ

So I got up way too early today to catch a flight out of Springfield (the 5:50 a.m.) to Chicago and then (through various connections) to Chisnau, Moldova. The team will rendeavous with me here in O’Hare as they get the second flight out. We’ll fly the rest of the way together. Tired.

While walking aimlessly in Terminal C with very little sleep I encountered “The Architect.” Karl Rove was a Bush advisor and…well if you care about politics, you know Karl Rove.

Should I talk to him I wondered? I twittered the fact that he was near. My friend Will Kousma texted back and encouraged me to get a photo with him in my Burger King shirt. The Burger King shirt is a long story…I’ll tell that another time. But in honor of my friend Will (and Travis and others), here’s the photo (I carry the shirt with me in carry-on on all international trips):

We actually had a fun conversation…about 5 minutes or so. I pay attention to politics and loved engaging with the man who by all accounts is amongst the greatest political strategists in U.S. history.

At the end, we took the BK photo and he said he was going to go write a column for the Wall Street Journal. I told him to tell me hello in his column. He said he would…I suggested he use the word “Obama” to actually mean, “Hello Matt Wilkie.” He thought that was a great idea.

Watch for it in the upcoming column.

Ever make a fun memory like that?

Will you be in or out of the Lifeboat? The government finally has the answer.

One of my favorite artists of all time is a guy named Steve Taylor. Some of his stuff is quite corny in an aging youth pastor who’s trying to stay connected sort of way…perhaps that’s the draw, I don’t know.

One of my least favorite songs of his is one called, Lifeboat. It’s interesting, but not palatable for multiple listings. Still, it offers great commentary on society and the value systems that make up our culture.

Basically…if you and a group are in a sinking lifeboat, who gets thrown over? The old lady? Perhaps the mentally disabled? You?

There’s now a goverment report with the official answer. You can read it here. Let’s just say if a major outbreak occurs, I hope it’s before I’m 85…I hope I don’t have diabetes (sorry Wilfred Brimley), and I sure hope I haven’t been burned or else…I’ll go the way of Jack in Titanic.

I suppose the government report could be helpful as Armageddon approaches, but the article sure reminded me of that old song.

For some good Steve Taylor, check out this video…