New International Version (NIV)
Submission to Governing Authorities
13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
OK election is over now. No major controversy rearing its ugly head. I found it interesting and seized the evening to try and explain the electoral college to the kids. Caylum and jarod were gathered around my laptop as I watched the different states being called. I explained to them about projections vs. actual final numbers. I even pulled up particular states and showed them how the districts were voting and where a district had not been counted yet. I explained how we at this time do not know what makeup the uncounted district may have but how the news agencies do know and can call a state with only 60-70% counted sometimes or even call a state as soon as its polls close. Technology is just amazing as far as info at our fingertips goes. I showed them how a candidate could win the electoral college and thus win the presidency in spite of the fact they may lose the popular vote. This was easy to show as at many points Obama led in Electoral but trailed popular. I showed them how every state had so many electoral votes based on population and of course let them know California was the biggest prize but not necessarily a decision maker. I talked to them about projections changing as they did in the Bush-Gore election in Florida when Florida had been called for Gore yet Bush ended up winning* it. I didn't think or I would have pulled up the old pic of Truman holding the paper that said Dewey wins. That would have been a good history/ political lesson. I also went over how I felt about voting. I let them know voting is personal and the great thing about it is noone can force them to vote one way or another. I let them know they should never be afraid to vote for how they believe and never let anyone tell them how they should vote and never vote a certain way just to make someone happy. I let them know I would never expect them to vote a certain way just because I do. That is the way I was raised and would want them to know that. I also let them know do not let anything bother them for to long if someone they like loses or someone they could not stand wins as that is going to happen at times because that is how our process works.
It was fun and I believe Kris and I were able to explain without bias.