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Wisconsin Family Connection
Week of November 2, 2010, – #860 
After the Election—the Beginning of the Story

The focal point of every good story is the climax. Everything in the story is there for the purpose of the climax; every plot twist, every character development, every sentence builds and swells to the point of the climax of the story, and then it falls as the story resolves and closes with the dénouement. But then the story is over, and we don’t know what happens after the heroes ride off into the sunset, or the orphan child finds a family, or the lost love is found.

Daily life is what happens after the climax of the story. All of the nitty, gritty details of life happen—when those who made amends must now learn how to get along with each other on a regular basis. The dashing hero has to make a living and the orphan must learn how to live with his new family.

The day and week after a huge election is kind of like the untold rest of a story. Election Day is the high point, the climax, the point of truth. As the night unfolds, catastrophe or resolution occurs as the results pour in. And then, the night is over and normal life begins again.

But now we’re in the aftermath of the election—so what do we do?  Frankly, now is when the really hard work begins. Now the individuals who won on Tuesday night start pulling together their plans for their community, their state, and the nation.

You play an important role in those plans—whether you voted for the candidate who won or not. You can start contacting your newly elected, or reelected, officials and let them know that you support their plans, or if you don’t—what you’re hoping to see from them in this next legislative session. But most importantly, let them know you are praying for them and for their families.

In First Timothy 2:1-3, says, “I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings be made…for kings and all who are in authority…” (Emphasis added. NASB)

There you have it—a direct command to pray for those in authority over us.

But there are other things we can do as well. Get informed about the issues and prepare to get involved in this upcoming legislative session. Our state is facing a budget deficit of over $2 billion. Something has to give—will it be wasteful programs and tax cuts or higher taxes and more wasteful programs?

The institute of marriage is threatened—will the constitution and the will of the people be upheld? Gov. Doyle’s statewide, same-sex only domestic partnership registry violates the Marriage Protection Amendment by creating a legal status for same-sex partners. Will the state continue this unconstitutional end-run around the will of the people, or will elected officials defend the constitution they are sworn to uphold?

Life is in the balance. Roe v. Wade still looms large over our state but we have policy opportunities that would significantly decrease the number of abortions and save innocent lives—both preborn and adult. Will the re-elected and freshmen legislators require the state to address allegations of violations of current abortion restrictions in Wisconsin? Will they require women considering an abortion to have an ultrasound first?

And while we’re talking about abortions—will the newly elected officials promote the sanctity of life and the protection of innocence in our public schools, instead of teaching our underage students how to engage in underage sexual activity, which is essentially, by the law, criminal activity?

And what about liberty? How many times since the 2008 election have you seen that coiled rattlesnake on a bright yellow field, proudly waving above a building or a crowd? Don’t Tread on Me, the flag warns. We’ve seen a display of patriotism and independence in the last two years that is unparalleled in this country’s recent history. Will it last?

Election night is not the end of the story; it’s the very beginning. What are you going to do to hold your newly elected officials accountable, to make sure that they accurately represent your values and beliefs in the state legislature?

We’ll be communicating with you on a regular basis to let you know what is going on here in Madison and what you can do to voice your opinion.

No matter who won this past Tuesday, you still have a responsibility to hold elected representatives accountable. Frankly, it’s exciting. It’s exciting to see how this new story will go and what good things we may accomplish this session that will positively impact your marriage, your family and your community.  The story is really just beginning!

For Wisconsin Family Council, this is Julaine Appling reminding you the Prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”