It’s Gotta be Mitt!

Democrats are really good at uniting behind one person. Republicans, too caught up in religious beliefs and who knows what else, vote in a divided and sporadic manner. We cannot afford this type of voting in this primary. This election is too important. We must have a united front that can withstand the liberal media and Obama campaign in the general election.

I am going to finally put aside all my withheld opinions and unashamedly try to get you to vote with me. For those of you who don’t know me, you can read my tiny bit of qualification regarding politics on my about me page.

I heard a moderate talk show host tonight say that the Republicans are dropping the ball on getting someone besides Obama elected! Really guys? Even the moderates can see it? This election is important, so put aside your anger that’s getting directed at me and really, just listen.

You have two choices: Gingrich or Romney. I know neither one is great and so do you. But because Gingrich has gained some momentum, you may be more inclined to vote for him than a couple of weeks ago. I am here to lay out for you the pros and cons of voting for either potential nominee.

Gingrich: The Positive

  • He is emotional, unafraid to stand in front of the liberal media and proclaim their bias, and a great debater.
  • He is great at inspiring and uniting people for a cause. Just look at what he rallied congress to do that got him elected speaker.
  • He is can be endearing (if you watched the early debates). Gingrich has been my “emotional attachment” since the first debates. He can be very warm and fatherly, the kind of man you could see comforting the nation in a time of trouble.
  • He is very pro-Israel and understands the middle-east conflict better than any other candidate.
  • He is brilliant. He knows history.
  • He has been in politics long enough to understand how to actually change things, not how to ideally change them. He gets the system.

Gingrich: The Negative

  • He is emotional. He flies off the handle. This will cost us.
  • All of the complaining about the media elites will not service him or anyone else in the general election. I heard Michael Medved make an amazing analogy of this yesterday. He talked about dating vs. a committed relationship. When you’re dating someone, it’s fun to hang around someone who is emotional, headstrong, even a little crazy. But when you’re looking for a committed relationship, that’s not what you look for. You look for a more serious long-term candidate. Catch my drift? Republicans may be favoring the emotional guy now, but in a general election, people will give serious thought to who they believe is a steady candidate.
  • Have you noticed that the media isn’t attacking Gingrich? That’s because they want him to be the nominee. They think he will be easier to beat than Romney. The Dems are saying, “Go Newt!”
  • If he were to become president, I would be scared. If you look even slightly into his history of leadership, you don’t see a strong leader, you see someone who will abandon all morals to accomplish what he wants in the moment.
  • The above also goes for his personal life. When my husband found out that Gingrich had repeated affairs and divorces (and then remarriages), he said he could understand someone making a mistake once, but to do that repeatedly shows a lack of commitment in a person in general. If he can’t commit in his personal life, how can we a expect him to commit to political policies?
  • Gingrich will not win the moderate vote. We need the moderate vote to win this election, because no matter who the nominee is, this election will be a close one.
  • If you support Newt, can you tell me what he would do as president? I have heard a lot of Obama-bashing and nice ideas, but I honestly have no clue what Newt’s approach to the presidency would be (and I watch every debate).

Romney: The Positive

  • Romney has that steadiness that is needed in a president. He is unwavering, and despite common gossip about him, has not changed any of his political views in a long time.
  • Romney aligns with the basic evangelical Republican hot topics that decide votes. Even more-so in some ways than Rick Santorum (and neither one is evangelical so religion can’t be part of the argument).
  • Romney understands business management and politics. Lord knows we could use some of that fresh perspective in the White House.
  • Romney has a solid family life and very few areas where he could be legitimately attacked by the Obama campaign. They are afraid of Romney. I think they will resort to lying through their teeth to attempt to defeat him.
  • Unlike Gingrich, you know what you are going to get with Romney.
  • He did amazing things with democratic majorities in Massachusetts. That gives us the security that he will know, better than W., how to get things done even if he doesn’t have control of congress.
  • He can definitely win over moderates and even some dems are quietly admitting they’d vote for him over Obama. (Some already have in this primary season.)
  • He’s the kind of man you’d hire to run a business, why isn’t he the kind of man you want to elect as president?

Romney: The Negative

  • He is a little stoic, distant; I always want to shake him a little and tell him to relax. I do think it affects people liking him.
  • Sadly, and shallowly, evangelicals may reject Romney simply on the basis of religion. Guys: Christian nation, secular government. Read this for a Jew’s bipartisan perspective.
  • The media has created this portrayal of Romney as a moderate, even though that was not the case in 2008 when he ran for president (and he has not changed any policies since then). However, perception is reality for many people and it is a problem for Romney, true or not.
  • Admittedly, he is more moderate (though still conservative) than I or any of my evangelical friends would really hope for, but please read this previous post for my thoughts on why that is not an issue this election.
  • Sometimes Romney has too many points in his plans for change. Good plans, but too heady.
  • He doesn’t have as much hand-on political experience as Gingrich, which, when we’re talking about really changing Washington, would be helpful.

There you have it. I hope you will read at least a few of the articles I’ve linked to before writing me off or commenting. Please think about our party’s nominee in light of the general election ahead. Please step back and think about the long-term impact of this election. It’s our last chance to overturn Obamacare. It’s important…so important.

And if you didn’t follow me, I’m saying: vote for Romney! And if you’re still a Gingrich fan, please, let’s talk!

The Friday Diversion – Week XI

***This is being posted 50 minutes into Saturday because my birthday is this weekend and I’ve been super busy…Sorry for the delay!***

Every Thursday night, I’m on an intercession set that prays for Israel. We study the Jewish people together and this year we’re celebrating the Jewish feasts. In light of that, I thought the poems below were amusing.
(Note: “goyim” = Gentiles)

How odd
Of God
To choose
The Jews

— William Norman Ewer

But not so odd
As those who choose
A Jewish God,
But spurn the Jews

— Retort by Cecil Browne

Not odd
Of God
The goyim
Annoy ‘im

— Retort by Leo Rosten

Série de Prière: Intercession (Part 1)

I’ve left the most complex subject for last. I’m timid about defining intercession for three reasons: a) people I respect disagree with my definition, b) hundreds of thousands of intercessors have gone before me and must know much more than I, and c) because there is so much to be said. But the rule is that I speak from my own experience, so here is my humble definition.

What is it?

The simplest definition is this: intercession is praying for others. (The dictionary definition of intercession is “the action of intervening on the behalf of another.”) I like to tag on to that definition that it is taking a position between God and man — partnering with God’s heart for anything outside of yourself and asking Him to bring His purposes to pass.

I can’t move on from “what is it?” without addressing why I think the intercessors are the most burnt-out part of the Church. We must have a foundation of who God is and who we are before Him before we begin to seriously intercede. If we do not, we begin to strive and look to man for validation of what we are doing. I wrote about my experience of finding my identity before God in prayer in my series on enjoyable prayer (which can be found here, here, and here).

“Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7

God has things He will or won’t do based upon our intercession (Jer. 5:1). We see several times in the Bible that God changes His mind as a direct result of someone praying. My favorite example is Moses:

“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘I have seen [Israel] and indeed it is a stiff-necked people!”
Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.’
Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God and said, ‘Lord, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?
Why should the Egyptians speak and say, ‘He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from Your fierce wrath and relent from this harm to Your people.
Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.”
So the Lord relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people.” Exodus 32:9-14

God has given us an unprecedented dignity in our prayers: even to the point of changing His mind.

In my next post, I’ll cover some practical ways to intercede, as well as some encouragement of the fruit of intercession that I have seen in my own life.

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This post is a part of a series on different types of prayer. Click here to read the rest of the series.