Linky Interwebby Awesomeness 11.5.08

So some of us are happy today. Some of us are not-so-happy.

And with those deeply profound observations in place (OH, I AM SKILLED), here’s a post-election run-down from the eclectic hodge-podge of Stuff I Read:

– Early this morning I read an incredibly thought-provoking post written by a leading Christian educator. It beautifully outlines the opportunities before all Christians in the days, months and years to come. An absolute must-read.

– Last night, while my hubby and I were watching the returns, I wondered what my friend – and fellow Compassion Uganda traveler – David Kuo was thinking. Well, thanks to the magic of the interweb, now I know: he thinks today is a day to celebrate.

– Leonard Pitts is one of my favorite columnists because I absolutely adore his writing style. Even though I don’t always agree with his opinions, I so appreciate how he communicates them. And today? His way with words does not disappoint.

– Finally – all political news aside – if you’re not reading the Compassion Dominican Republic posts, you’re totally missing out.

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  1. Sophie, thanks for posting these. I’ll read them later today. I cannot get Melanie’s little Ana Angelica out of my mind! Her story is heartbreaking… Such a difference from others that get to meet their sponsors. I can’t imagine what Melanie is feeling..I know her heart broke for Ana. I’ll be praying for both of them….

  2. Thank you Sophie. You are so fair minded and you give me such hope that we can all work together.

  3. Thanks, Boo Mama. I loved reading all of these. : )

  4. thank you so much for posting these sites. i enjoyed reading all of them, and so agree with them. this is truly a time to celebrate!

  5. Does Compassion do any “adoptions” here in the US or is strictly an international deal?

  6. I enjoyed the first article very much and will take some of that advice to heart. I’ve been guilty of letting my personal thoughts come out of my mouth and my children have heard me. I need to check my spirit more and see what kind of example I am to them. I have VERY mixed emotions about the other 2 articles. My heart is just heavy today for a lot of reason (one being that I have a sick child and I’m PMSing! Not a good combination!). It’s just going to take a few days for me to be able to process all of this. Thanks for posting the articles, it’s given much to think and pray about.

  7. Interesting first link. I like a lot of what he has to say in terms of praying for the country, for Barack, etc. I just don’t like how he assumes most Christians were voting for McCain. I don’t think Barack could have won if a considerable number of believers — this one included — didn’t have his support.

  8. Thanks for posting those links.. I am not sharing who I voted for, but regardless, I felt proud to be an American last night. I have two brown skinned brothers who are adopted who woke up this morning to a world where they can be President. It brought tears to my eyes when my mom told me how they danced around the living room saying “Obama looks like me”. My skin isn’t brown so I don’t know how that feels, but it blessed me none the less

  9. I should have known just another bogus Christian website. It’s easy to write about Southern living mag or The Office show; or throwing God or Jesus out here and there – but when it comes down to issues we hide and take no stance. Would you lose a blogger? Would you have to stand up for what you believe? I just became a Christian a little over a year ago; and what has amazed me more than anything is the hypocrites. I am a black woman; so naturally I was for Obama years ago (don’t let people tell you it’s not about race….it is) and then I became a Christian and I looked into the Word of God to see what it said about issues and my morals and beliefs. I could no longer in good faith support him. He stands for nothing I as a Child of God strive for or desire.
    For those of you who don’t want to look at some facts – maybe stop reading now…
    Abortion for starters:
    Ok for state to restrict late-term partial birth abortion. (Apr 2008)
    Rated 100% by NARAL on pro-choice votes in 2005, 2006 & 2007.
    Voted against banning partial birth abortion. (Oct 2007)
    Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
    Opposes CA Prop. 8, one-man-one-woman marriage. (Jul 2008)
    Being gay or lesbian is not a choice. (Nov 2007)
    Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
    Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
    Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)
    We need condom distribution to deal with the scourge of AIDS. (Aug 2007)
    This is just a few…i won’t even get into the Muslim issue’s…Well, just one quote from his book I have read; “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” Wonderful.
    So, I’m again confused and bewildered by this so called Christian blog and readers…Because honestly, I see no difference in this or my lost friends sites.

  10. Thanks for the links.
    I LOVE Leonard Pitts’ columns. He makes me think and see both sides, and I appreciate that.

  11. Thanks for the links – the first was very thought-provoking…I have another for you, too, that you’ve probably already read: Beth Moore’s blog post for today and yesterday (election day). Both very good words from the Word.
    Thank you again.
    Amy

  12. I’m up and can’t sleep.
    Great articles!
    Thank you…

  13. Thanks for the great link. I have been shocked by how my conservative Christian friends have reacted to Obama’s win and it’s been a great link to just send them rather than engage in argument.

  14. Wow…Shaunda, I urge you to remember that kindness is also one of the fruit of the spirit…even if you think someone is wrong, attacking them is never an acceptable tactic as a believer. I have certainly written comments (and posts!) that I had to go back and edit, so there’s tons of grace for having a heated moment online. I can imagine Sophie feels the same way. But I urge you, please, as a sister in Christ to disagree with as much grace as possible and if you can’t, then to wait until you’ve cooled off before publishing a comment. Calling into question someone’s Christianity because they posted a couple of links you think are wrong is pretty harsh. The words of Jesus haunt me often, “BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW YOU ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YOU HAVE LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER” ( John 13:35) John 15:12 is a good reminder too and a tall order, “This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.”

    From one feisty girl to another, God bless

  15. Shaunda,

    Listen, I hate to get into this, but I had to respond because you are totally misquoting Obama’s The Audacity of Hope. Please see pg 261 for the correct text:

    In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.

  16. Sophie,

    I read every single link. They were all excellent and very thought provoking. They have really helped me get out of my post election funk.

    Funny – I have always secretly liked Leonard Pitts,too! I very often disagree with him, but I do like his writing style and he always makes me think.

    P.S. I don’t think your website is a “bogus Christian website”! The Lord shines through you! (:

    To Kate McDonald: Amen. Thank you for disagreeing in love.

  17. P.P.S. And thanks for keeping the links on the main page! (:

  18. mrsDebbie says:

    Thank you so much, and thank you to the commentor who directed towards Beth’s blog… very healing!