10 Ways to Detox from the Election

It’s Wednesday morning, and Mitt Romney has conceded the election to President Barack Obama. That means there are several million disappointed people this morning, and several million very happy people. Where I live, the majority are in the disappointed pool. I think my state went probably 55% for Romney, and if I had to totally guess, I’d say our church members probably voted 95% for Romney. To help those who are upset this morning, I’ve compiled a short list of things that might help those on the losing side to move on.

1. Go read this article by Russell Moore right now. Right. Now. If you can’t, don’t say anything else about the election until you can read it.

2. Pray for President Barack Obama. Pray that God will be gracious and kind to him, and that He will give the President the wisdom to lead well and justly.

3. If you can’t pray for the President, you ought to repent. Prayers for our leaders is not an option.

4. You need to realize that many of the feelings of despair you are having probably have as much to do with “your team” losing than any actual impending doom. By “your team,” I don’t mean Christians. I mean Republicans.

5. Sometimes, it helps to laugh. For example, several months ago, you might have been excited about Herman Cain or Rick Perry, and you thought Romney was kind of an idiot. My how things change.

6. Step back and get some perspective. President Obama won, to your chagrin, but he won in a fair election without bloodshed. Also, you get to rant about it on Facebook, legally and without fear. You can even prognosticate that this means the end of the world, certain bankruptcy, and general doom for generations. Pretty nice country to live in, if you ask me.

7. You ought to consider the fact that President Obama absolutely dominated the minority vote. DOMINATED. Why do you think that is? If you think the answer is because they are a bunch of moochers wanting free stuff, you are wrong, and if you ever want your party to win another election again, you ought to think/pray on how to be more open to minority voters.

8. You should probably admit to yourself that you don’t really know that much about how an economy works on a national scale. Case in point: Check out this Forbes article. The average American has around $6,800 in credit card debt. It is possible, in other words, that President Obama’s policies could help the economy mend. Why not hope for the best?

9. As per #8, let’s quit pretending that President Obama is the most horriblest spender in the history of big spenders. George W. Bush was awful, and…he was a Republican.

10. Pray for President Barack Obama. He needs your prayers, and he ought to have your support. Of course, that doesn’t mean you support all of his policies, but you ought to honor him as your President, and you should pray for him as you would a friend. (I know I said that already, but it really is the best thing you can do to detox your heart.)

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  • stevensukkau

    Great article Brad, really puts things into perspective. As a Canadian I don’t know American politics very intimately, but I was told Romney was a practicing Mormon whereas Obama is said to be a Christian. I wonder, how does a candidate’s religion play into your, and your congregation’s considerations when voting? Should it play a large part? Or as Moore points out, we should show respect, just as Paul showed due respect to the governor Felix, regardless of the leader’s religion?

  • Brad Williams


    That’s a tough question. I think that evangelicals are lining up more with “values” than doctrines. Romney appears to be the morally upright candidate to evangelicals because he is pro-marriage amendment and more pro-life than Obama, and therefore he got the lion’s share of their vote.

    I would say for myself I am a “Civil Rights” voter. I believe that personhood comes at conception, for example, and that is huge in my voting philosophy. It isn’t that I am unconcerned about economics, I just admit that such talks are really outside my realm of expertise. I can understand social issues, and I suspect many others do as well, and so even though we talk about economics, a candidate’s social stances are key for evangelical votes.

    So I would say that religion is important, not necessarily because of orthodoxy, but how it appears to work out in practice. I’m not saying this is ideal, I’m saying that’s what it looks like to me.

  • Excellent. I especially cheer on point seven!

    Hopefully people on both sides will take the time the next four years to “be the change” on the issues important to them. A person doing some volunteer work and advocacy can do a lot that a president could never do.

  • stevensukkau

    Thanks for the explanation Brad, that makes a lot of sense. And now I ask this very tongue-in-cheek, but would you say it’s not our “Christian duty” to vote for a Christian candidate?

  • Brad Williams


    I hope not! I do, however, think it is very unwise not to vote. Politicians are not swayed by those who stay home. As a freebie, I will say it is currently unwise to vote 3rd party in a Presidential election. To have a viable 3rd party, you need to state at the local and state levels. A President who is a member of a 3rd party will be handcuffed without any colleagues to write and support bills. (They have a hard enough time with colleagues!) So we need to be wise, and we need to think strategically if we really want to help our communities and ultimately, our nation. We know this is the case for ‘ministry’, why don’t we realize this for voting?

    So no, you don’t have to vote for a Christian. In fact, I would vote for a pagan over a Christian if the Christian was not a good politician, just like I would choose a pagan surgeon over a Christian one if the Christian was sloppy.

  • Peter Novochekhov

    Brad, I don’t get your point 7. As a member of Ukrainian minority I can vote according to my ethnicity or according to my conscience. Or do you believe that it is same: ethnicity and faith? If an ethnic group votes as one body (or 90%-majority), it means that their ethnicity tramps over their conscience. We call this nationalism or racism. How, as a pastor, you call the conservatives to be “more open” to this ugly stuff?

  • Brad Williams


    Do you think that all of those minority voters were throwing out their consciences to vote for President Obama? I think that is a derogatory thing to say about an ethnic group, or any group, really. Rather, I think that their goals as a group are united, and I see nothing wrong with that. That is, after all, what any political party is. It is a united group of people who are trying to push for similar goals. This is not evil. Being a ‘conservative’ is a type of tribe, it simply isn’t bound by ethnicity.

    I find it very, very hard to believe any group would vote against their conscience in mass. Rather, I think that every group votes for their own interests. My question is what is it about Republicans that minorities dislike?