Election 2012: The Reason I Am Disappointed, Yet Faithful

We are now twelve hours into the aftermath of Barack Obama’s clinching of the 2012 Presidential Election and I feel like most of us are still in a haze (not that kind of haze, Colorado). Some are angry, some are joyful. Some are disappointed. I am in that camp… but I am also faithful. Here’s why:

 

Mitt Romney is a genuinely good man.

Forget anything anybody ever said about Mitt Romney not caring about “the little guy” or the 47% percent that do not pay taxes. It’s not true. I genuinely believe that Mitt Romney is a patriot that has America’s best interests at heart. I campaigned for Mitt in 2008 and I got to know him (as a candidate) very well while everybody was on the McCain/Huckabee/Giuliani buses. I got to work for him multiple times while campaigning in Boca Raton and let me tell you: he cares.

Unfortunately, the Obama campaign did a great job of painting “the rich guy” as a heartless, emotionless, bag of money that was unrelatable. My biggest disappointment is not that Barack Obama is our president for another four years, but that the American people will not see the goodness of Mitt Romney.

They won’t see a country that champions small business. They won’t see a country that seeks energy independence. They won’t see a country that cracks down on Chinese trade and encourages doing business with Latin America. They won’t see a country that is the hope of the world, or the city on a hill. Therein lies the disappointment.

 

Moving forward, I am faithful

Thankfully, we don’t put our hope in the temporal.

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
–2 Corinthians 4:18

We put our hope beyond presidents and governors and senators with measly two, four, or six year terms–––we put our hope in Jesus. And he is undefeated. Unlike politicians of past/present/future, he has never lost.

The Master declares, “I’m A to Z. I’m The God Who Is, The God Who Was, and The God About to Arrive. I’m the Sovereign-Strong.”
–Revelation 1:8 

So we move on. We love and support. Everyone. Including President Obama.

Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.

Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But—“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.
–Titus 3:1-5 

What is our greatest command? Love God, love people. We can’t do that if we’re too busy bickering over a now passed election or about a leader that doesn’t believe in fiscal responsibility like we do. There is hope in the future when we have faith in a big, big God.

Instead of sharing your petty political views on Facebook (because who has ever changed their mind after reading your status, anyway?), let’s rise to our calling as Christ followers. Let’s move forward, like the very campaign slogan of our Democrat champion, and pursue an America that follows Jesus over party line.

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It’s Time For God’s Election

Someone remind me, isn’t there something going on Tuesday? I feel like I’m forgetting something.

It’s nearly impossible not to be aware of the fact that the elections are this Tuesday. Everywhere you turn, you are confronted by signs, commercials, billboards, and people who all want to remind you to vote and know who you are going to vote for.

Let me begin by saying that I believe it is a good thing to vote. Be aware of what is being discussed, debated, and base your vote on what you believe to be right.

However, in our country today, there is a tendency to rely too much on politics. We act as though whoever is in office after Tuesday will either save our country, or lead us to ruin. I want to submit the idea that we place to much faith in those in office. It is not political powers which should shape our culture. We should not rely on those in office to care for the poor. We should not expect those who run our country to be at the forefront of taking care of the environment. We should not hope that the next president will be our salvation.

It is time that the Church steps up and begins taking the lead in the issues of our world. We can no longer pass off responsibility and wait for the government to solve our problems.

I want to first offer some encouragement, and then a challenge.

 

BE ENCOURAGED

No matter who wins the election, God is in control. No matter who is in office, God reigns. The fate of our country, and the fate of every individual rest only in the hands of our Creator.

 

BE CHALLENGED

No matter who is in office… no matter what is decided politically… our responsibility does not change. It is the church… the believer… who is to care for the poor, to tend to our planet, and to reach out to the world in love. We are called to tend to the issues we so often pass off as being the responsibility of government.

 

IN CONCLUSION

Know the issues, and vote for the one you believe will be best (even if it is the lesser of two evils), but more than anything know God is in control and our responsibility does not change. Know that the Church has been given the amazing blessing and responsibility to play a role in shaping the world in which we live. Know that no matter what the government does we should strive to care for those who are in need, to empower those who have been neglected, to protect those who can not stand up for themselves, and to live a life which serves as a shining example of the unfathomable love of Christ.

May we pray for whoever the Lord has destined to take office.

May we be respectful of whoever the Lord places in power.

But, above all, may we embrace the privilege of serving our God by serving those around us.

May we be at the forefront of change.

And, may we find peace and comfort in the truth that God is in control.

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Monday Rundown: Showcases Awesome Videos

[box_light] It’s Monday, and if you’re new to Quarterlife Man (welcome), you’re new to the Monday Rundown. The Monday Rundown is a compendium of  randomness compiled over the course of each week. Enjoy… [As always, if you’ve seen something crazy or have a suggestion, email us or tell us on Twitter (@QuarterlifeMan).] [/box_light] [divider]

––Awesome Leadoff Video:

Truly brilliant marketing for the A6 from Audi:

Top notch, really.

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––Awesome Secondary Video:

Yes, this week’s Monday Rundown is comprised of all videos. Surprise!

Here’s another video… this time Jimmy Kimmel takes a look at the “iPhone 5” which is really the iPhone 4s:

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––Francesa Falls Asleep On Air

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––Roller Skating Turtle Steals Lettuce

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––We Leave You With This:

From the Gregory Brothers (makers of auto-tune the news and the Antoine Dodson video)… it’s Obama vs. Romney, in autotuned 8-bit video game form!

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Monday Rundown: Visits Twitter in 2006

[box_light] It’s Monday, and if you’re new to Quarterlife Man (welcome), you’re new to the Monday Rundown. The Monday Rundown is a compendium of  randomness compiled over the course of each week. Enjoy… [As always, if you’ve seen something crazy or have a suggestion, email us or tell us on Twitter (@QuarterlifeMan).] [/box_light] [divider]

––Awesome Leadoff Video:

Press this button to add more drama.

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––Athiests Say Obama Administration Out of Line…

because they’ve mentioned praying for rain.

Besides the fact that there is no government/faith entanglement here, it’s pretty ridiculous, right? The article on BuzzFeed has garnered nearly 500 total comments from believers and secular humanists alike. (Beware: It’s pretty fierce in there.)

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––This is OldTweets

And it is awesome.

https://twitter.com/kati/status/1021/

https://twitter.com/jl2im/status/46089/

Who could forget about MySpace?

https://twitter.com/aryaaa/status/59172/

Hilarious.

https://twitter.com/elletrain/status/841123/

https://twitter.com/japhy/status/12634/

https://twitter.com/dowhutnow/status/131013/

https://twitter.com/EricMasiello/status/1062483/

https://twitter.com/joshbzin/status/1519913/

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––Craziness from the Colorado Theatre Shooting

This man was shot in the theatre shootings in Aurora, Colorado on Thursday night:

This. Stuff. Is. Real.

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––An Image From The Hipster Olympics

From the skinny jeans tug o’ war…


Image: Adam Berry / Getty Images

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––Another Photo… This of Excellent Weather

Courtesy of NFL star Dhani Jones via airplane. Crazy:


Image: yfrog.com

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Monday Rundown: Backflips Into Pants

 

[box_light] It’s Monday, and if you’re new to Quarterlife Man (welcome), you’re new to the Monday Rundown. The Monday Rundown is a compendium of  randomness compiled over the course of each week. Enjoy… [As always, if you’ve seen something crazy or have a suggestion, email us or tell us on Twitter (@QuarterlifeMan).] [/box_light] [divider]

––Awesome Leadoff Video:

I think we have a new Olympic sport… pants jumping.

Backflip into pants. For. The. Win.

(Ed. note: Yes, this video is from 2008. We know we’re late to the party, but that doesn’t make it less-awesome.)

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––Your Future Phone Knows Where You’re Going…

before you do. That’s creepy slash cool slash still creepy.

Basically, researchers at the University of Birmingham have created an algorithm that uses data grabbed by yours and your friends’ smartphones to serve ads and special offers. Do you normally go out on Thursday nights? Maybe you grab coffee before a evening church service? Your phone will know, and you’ll get an ad or special Starbucks/insert-coffee-shop-here coupon.

When predicting where people would be 24 hours later, the makers of the algorithm were less than 20 meters off, on average.

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––Taking Obama Out-of-Context

It’s taken partially out of context, but still–––that’s a wow-worthy statement. I understand every entrepreneur has gotten help along the way (had a good teacher, etc.), but COME ON. To insinuate that I did not assume all risk by leaving a great career to be the owner of Quarterlife Corporation… well, that’s just crazy.

In every venture, somebody takes all of the risk. It’s usually a founder, then some venture capitalists, but is it our elementary school teachers? I don’t think so.

More: Obama Holding Campaign Fundraisers in Switzerland, France, Sweden… and China?

More: Obama Tells Fainting Crowd to Get Help From ‘Paralegals’ … Obama Throwback Gaffe: “I’ve Now Been in 57 States”

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––Indoor-Based Navigation. Praise God.

Check this out:

IndoorAtlas, an app in development, uses magnetic sensors already in a user’s smartphone to triangulate their location–––in places GPS technology normally can’t reach.

[box_light]Indoor Atlas’s technology works by analyzing the magnetic field inside a building. The structure of a building causes disturbances to the Earth’s magnetic field. Once these disturbances are mapped, people can be pinpointed within them through their phone’s magnetometer. Indoor Atlas’s product arose from research findings that showed the signature magnetic field within buildings was sufficiently varied and stable to be used for navigation, says company founder and computer science professor Janne Haverinen.[/box_light]

This. Is. So. Awesome.

I have vivid memories of stumbling around Las Vegas for the first few days of my trip last year. Specifically, making my way from the south tower of The Venetian, through The Palazzo and into the north end of the resort. It had an Italian theme… that must’ve been why it was so confusing. The entire time, I was clamoring for an indoor mapping system. Now, it seems we’re on the verge of an indoor-based map boom:

[box_light]The market for indoor location technologies is beginning to explode (see “The Indoor Positioning System Era“). Google Maps first launched an indoor “My Location” feature last November, partnering with large retailers, airports, and now museums to upload floor plans. Other companies, such as Nokia and chip maker Broadcom, are also developing their own technologies, and Apple and Microsoft are following Google’s indoor mapping endeavor. Bruce Krulwich, a mobile industry analyst at Grizzly Analytics, has tracked at least 40 startups focused on indoor positioning globally, and IMS Research predicts there will be at least 120,000 indoor venue maps available to consumers by 2016 (see “Bringing Cell-Phone Location-Sensing Indoors,” and “Using Wi-Fi for Navigating the Great Indoors“).[/box_light]

(Story: Mashable)

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Monday Rundown: Is Completely Drenched

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It’s Monday, and if you’re new to Quarterlife Man (welcome), you’re new to the Monday Rundown. The Monday Rundown is a compendium of  randomness compiled over the course of each week. Enjoy…

[As always, if you’ve seen something crazy or have a suggestion, email us or tell us on Twitter (@QuarterlifeMan).]

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––Tropical Storm Debby

Tropical Storm Debby rolled through QM headquarters over the weekend, drenching everything in sight. (When I say headquarters, I mean every Starbucks from here to Fort Lauderdale, but I digress.) It was some pretty decent rain and wind throughout the weekend, and besides completely wrecking my sleep schedule (rain 24/7 = probable sleep 24/7), it produced this great video:

That video game from Jupiter, Florida, just north of West Palm Beach. I don’t know about you, but that thing’s at least one quarter mile wide and goes down as the biggest waterspout I’ve ever seen. Hashtag, weather nerd. #proudofit

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––Bus Monitor Gets $600k Vacation, Tax-Free

Surely, you’ve heard about Karen Klein, the verbally-abused bus monitor. If you’ve been hiding under a rock lately, the internet community rallied around her, surpassing a small goal of $5000 to send her on a vacation. The total (as of publishing) was more than $646,000.

What’s more, she’ll get it all tax-free:

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“As a general rule, there are no income tax implications to the recipient/donee of a cash gift,” wrote Clark in an e-mail. “If she invests that cash, she would be responsible for income taxes on any income derived from it.”

That makes sense — if Klein invested the funds and made a profit, she’d be taxed for her capital gains.

But what about the donors? They’re off the hook as well, as long as no individual donor gave Klein more than $13,000. They can’t, however, claim their donation as a tax write-off.

“The gift tax implications are more relevant on the donor side,” said Clark. “If individual donations don’t exceed $13,000, there are no issues for the donors. If a single donation exceeds $13,000, the donor is supposed to file a gift tax return. I am guessing that most donations are on the small side. And it isn’t clear, but I assume that there is no ‘charitable purpose’ behind these donations for IRS purposes, so there’s no tax deductions for donors.”[/box_light]

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––Social Tip: Be Smug, Get Burgled

Don’t be so quick to post about your marvelous vacation on Facebook. A South Carolina couple were arrested Sunday for using Facebook to find out which of their friends were out of town so they could rob “several” of the empty houses over the course of two months, according to WFMY News.

Although Facebook eventually contributed to their demise (the police department asked for surveillance help on the social network), you are reminded to avoid giving burglars the opportunity to plunder. If you must, however, post the statuses and the pictures after the trip has ended.

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––Do You Know Who Your President Prays To?

Apparently, a large majority of Americans don’t. Here’s the excerpt from Gallup (read more for the official statistics):

[box_light]President Obama has been very open about his Christian faith since moving into the public spotlight. In fact, his past attendance at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, with its controversial minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, itself became a heated point of political discussion during the 2008 presidential campaign. Still, just 34% of Americans say Obama is a Christian when asked what his religion is. Forty-four percent say they don’t know his religion, while 11% — mostly Republicans and independents — say he is a Muslim.[/box_light]

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––Daschund Meets Crab

Best 1:50 ever. The music is perfect. Hilarity ensues. (p.s. who knew crabs were that fast?)

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The Table: Gay Marriage and the Christian Implication

The Table

Welcome to The Table.

Here’s How It Works: Periodically, we pose a thought or question to our staff of writers, and it’s usually tough. Our writers respond, we publish their thoughts, you decide.

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Today’s Thought: Gay Marriage. What is the Christian’s role in all of this?

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Aliza Rosen

Key Thought: “Why should Christians require non-Christians to adhere to a set of beliefs they don’t believe in?”

Excerpt: “Culturally, we are failing as Christians with reference to exhibiting Christ’s love to all, though. To be effective, we must initially look to the heart and not the action. To soften the heart and teach those who do not believe in Christ about his love is the only true method of conversation regardless of an individual’s choice sins. Christ’s love is attractive, and we shouldn’t make it unattractive by misrepresenting Christ because of our discomfort and prideful agendas. People have been abused, hurt, lost, and turned to negative coping mechanisms, including homosexuality. These people need love, restoration, acceptance and truth to feel vulnerable enough to listen and be heard. Accusation only causes defensiveness, and leaves no room for love.”

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Adrian Wilcox

Key Thought: “Many argue that by supporting same sex marriage, Christians are “enabling” the sinful act. I think that supporting or opposing same sex marriage are equally enabling.”

Excerpt: “I think to legislate moral behavior is counter productive, and often leads to more radical resolves. Outlawing alcohol only gave rise to speakeasies and illegal smuggling. By legislating faith and moral conscience, many European countries only succeeded in removing conscious moral resolve from the public square entirely. Instead, as good Christians, we should strive to win the heart and souls of the lost, including our homosexual brothers and sisters, despite the moral confusion of the masses when it comes to the nature and consequences of all sinful acts, not just the ones we choose to hate more than others.”

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Austin Gentry

Key Thought: “While I am over my head with this topic, I would infer from Scripture that God will help those overcome the struggle with his power as he/she repents and wants to change into God’s design with a humble heart–––realizing that the condition of sin can take you further than you wanted to go without you knowing it.”

Excerpt: “Homosexuals should never feel that they are too far gone, or that they are naturally out of luck. This is not true, for God can save someone and drastically change a depraved heart of egocentricity into the image of His Son. Likewise, though we are born in sin, God gives us Jesus, as a substitute for our sin, so that the world might have the capacity to choose righteousness in Christ. Christians can do nothing but humbly point others to where they have graciously been guided to the cistern that more than satisfied their parched and empty soul.”

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Cory Copeland

Key Thought: “The act of marriage was born in the Church, but no longer is that the only place it’s practiced. Since society as a whole sees marriage as the ultimate goal of a relationship, it’s up to us as God-fearing people to assure that we show love and equality to each and every one of God’s creations … ”

Excerpt: “My Christianity and way of life is not threatened by someone who doesn’t practice my same beliefs. So why then would two gay people marrying each other affect anyone else’s marriage? It wouldn’t. Because we Christians are steadfast in our Biblical beliefs, we assume that marriage and its rights should be reserved for those who only fit the Biblical mold of what a marriage should be. But since the separation of Church and State, the Church no longer has a say on what should and should not be allowed in our states. There shouldn’t be a debate as to if homosexuality is a sin or not; the Bible clearly states that it is. But the subject of gay marriage shouldn’t be about religion versus homosexuality, but rather equality versus bigotry.”

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Matt Wells

Key Thought: “Perhaps the fight for the sanctity of marriage needs to begin with fighting to keep our own marriages sacred.”

Excerpt: “Marriage is holy and sacred, and yet divorce is just as prevalent among the church going as it is within the rest of society.  Christians are equally as guilty of forgetting how holy marriage is. We are just as guilty of treating marriage as expendable. It’s easy to shift the focus onto what we see wrong in others, so as to remove the focus from the issues which are blatantly apparent within our own lives.”

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Adam McGregor

Key Thought: “Our culture needs Christ, not government making laws.”

Excerpt: “As Christians, I do not believe we should support the government in their efforts to change the definition and meaning of marriage, but again, our main focus should not be on specific laws. We should look to challenge the notion out there that homosexuality is equal to race, but we have to do it through the Gospel, or honestly, it does not matter. It is not our opinion that is being espoused, but it is the command and values of our Heavenly Father through the revealing of His truth through Scripture.”

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What Are Your Thoughts?

Let us know in the comments below. For now, think about what’s been shared today and formulate your opinions. As Christians, it’s not enough to have opinions about the world–––we have to defend them. If your comments on the website, or Facebook/Twitter are thought-provoking, funny, or good, we’ll include them in a future post.

I’m Paying for Barack Obama’s $4 Million Christmas Vacation

President Obama in Hawaii

I’m paying for Barack Obama’s staggering $4 million Christmas vacation to Hawaii this year… but guess what, it gets better:

YOU ARE TOO! Congratulations!

This year’s Obama family trip to Oahu costs $2.5 million more than 2010’s trip. While the Obamas have rented and paid for a beachfront rental in Kailua, the President’s posse (White House staffers and press) will be staying at the posh Moana Surfrider on Waikiki Beach, among other costs. The breakdown is as follows (courtesy of the Honolulu Register):

Travel: $3,629,622 – At $181,757 per flight hour for Air Force One, this is the most costly portion of the trip. At eighteen hours flying, plus a helicopter, and Mrs. Obama’s early flight, you’re talking #madmoney.
Lodging: $151,200 – Although the Obamas pay for their own beachfront home, there’s still the seven surrounding homes for the Secret Service, US Navy Seals, and Coast Guard… at $1200/day.
Hotel: $72,216 – Home of the President’s staff and White House press corps, the Moana Surfrider can get expensive. Government rates are $177/night, only a fraction of the $250-450/night that commoners normally pay.
Taxpayer Costs: approx. $260,000 – Historically, this is the expense that local taxpayers are stuck paying. This includes police overtime and $10k for an ambulance to follow the Obama party around for the duration of the trip.

Of known, estimated costs, this totals well over $4.1 million. Certainly, there are other unknown costs, like security upgrades and on-island travel. Even so…

Why?

You see, if it costs in total to get away from all of America’s problems, it costs more for the American taxpayer. That’s not really a great way to endear yourself to a nation. Those from the Obama camp are already spinning webs of justification in relation to previous presidential trips, but I don’t buy it.

The fact of the matter is that we’re still in a poor economy. The average American has little to no savings and is fighting. The appearance of opulence from a POTUS who brands himself as the peoples’ choice appears to be extremely misguided. I won’t pretend to be Mr. Obama, but if I was, doesn’t Camp David sound like a great alternative? At the very least, it’s cost effective and gives the appearance of a President who is wholly concerned with making this country great.

All I have to ask is one thing: if being a part of the Secret Service means I get to stay in a beachfront home for eighteen days, where do I sign up?

What are your thoughts? Is this trip excessive, or in-line with the norm?

 

(Photo by Joaquin Siopack-Pool/Getty Images)