About last night...
I don't recognize my country.
On the bright side (as my wife Cindy pointed out), a good and decent Latter-day Saint came within about 2% (out of over 120 million votes cast) of being elected president of the United States.
Please read or watch Elder Holland's recent CES devotional address (given prophetically in advance of last night): "Israel, Israel, God is Calling" -- proof positive that he is a living apostle of the living Christ.
Have seen a lot of Church members posting/tweeting/emailing/texting Mosiah 29:27-29 and Helaman 5:2 over the past several hours, and saying last night's election was a "tipping point."
I find it difficult to disagree. But -- when we "came down the chute" into these the latter days we knew these were the latter days and it was going to be our fight: to build the kingdom of God in the midst of Babylon. So, we shouldn't be surprised about last night or recent events.
As Elder Holland so eloquently counsels, there is no longer any place to flee. We need to stand and fight where we are. And we should be proud we are saving the world the only way it can be saved: by sending out 18- and 19-year-old young men and women to change it one person, one family, one branch, one city at a time.
As Nibley said so well at the end of his essay, "Beyond Politics":
"On the last night of a play the whole cast and stage crew stay in the theater until the small or not-so-small hours of the morning, striking the old set. If there is to be a new opening soon, as the economy of the theater requires, it is important that the new set should be in place and ready for the opening night; all the while the old set was finishing its usefulness and then being taken down, the new set was rising in splendor to be ready for the drama that would immediately follow. So it is with this world. It is not our business to tear down the old set—the agencies that do that are already hard at work and very efficient; the set is coming down all around us with spectacular effect. Our business is to see to it that the new set is well on the way for what is to come—and that means a different kind of politics, beyond the scope of the tragedy that is now playing its closing night. We are preparing for the establishment of Zion."
My mom suggests that, in a few months, Mitt Romney and Ann can begin another mission -- in direct service of the kingdom of God. Brings to mind a quote from C.S. Lewis that should apply to each of us: "Meanwhile, little people like you and me, if our prayers are sometimes granted, beyond all hope and probability, had better not draw hasty conclusions to our own advantage. If we were stronger, we might be less tenderly treated. If we were braver, we might be sent, with far less help, to defend far more desperate posts in the great battle."
May we all be faithful where we are called to serve.
Am taking the "no politics" pledge again and going "off the grid" for a while.