Political and Spiritual Realities
Mourning the political loss of last Tuesday has been the dominant theme among those of us who “live” on the internet, discussing and reading Christian and political commentary. There is no doubt that the re-election of President Obama came as a genuine shock and disappointment to the many Christians who espouse the traditional Biblical values upon which this country was founded, me included. However, winners and losers in God’s eyes are neither Democrat nor Republican. His Kingdom is not of this world. In fact, “He that overcomes the world is he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (I John 5:5)
Many Christians have never seen themselves as a “remnant” even though the Bible calls us that again and again. Constantine may have legitimized Christianity, but Scripture makes it very clear that light will always struggle against darkness and the majority will always choose darkness. Many are genuinely grieving over what they see as the death of America. But, I would submit, that even with all the political and economic uncertainty, there are a couple of things that are absolute and certain.
How about God’s Word on real winners? “To him that overcomes, God will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” (Rev 2:7) And, “He will also be clothed with white raiment, and instead of his name being blotted out of the book of life, Jesus will confess his name before the Father and His angels.” (Rev. 3:5)
I am absolutely convinced that attitude is reflected in performance. Unfortunately, our attitude is directly linked to our emotions, and our emotions are affected by the information we gather from various sources. What that means, as any computer geek knows, is GIGO. “Garbage In, Garbage Out.”
Read newspapers, watch TV, listen to radio, access the Internet and fill your mind with information, most of which disregards or denigrates our faith in God (Garbage In) and I guarantee you will display an attitude of defeat and dismay (Garbage Out). Your work is affected, your relationships are affected, even the simple enjoyment of life is affected. But, God doesn’t change. His Word is just as true as it was before the election.
The election proved what we already knew but did not want to acknowledge; we are a deeply divided nation. Our Christian influence has dwindled over the past few decades. Clearly, no overwhelming mandate was give to the Democrats. No candidate crushed another. At the end of the day, the status quo was pretty much maintained. There is one constant in politics and that is “struggle.” No victory is ever permanent, nor is any defeat, unless the battle is abandoned.
Veterans Assured Your Freedom to Participate
Sunday was Veteran’s Day. It is an annual celebration of the men and women who have defended, some with their lives, the rights and privileges we exercised last week. Whether you agree with the election or not, it was the free exercise of the vote that our Veterans sacrificed to preserve. Veterans know about struggle. Veterans know about sustaining battles. Veterans know about losing battles, but winning wars. Veterans know about sacrifice.
The more troubling part of the election was not the outcome, but the lack of participants. Roughly 125 million people voted. That number is appalling. Fewer people voted in this election than in 2008. The population of the country increased, but the vote decreased. What is wrong with this picture? Vets died so that you, YOU, could have a say in the leadership of the nation, and you didn’t bother?
What is troubling is the number of Christians who did not vote and are proud of it. Forgive me, you remind me of the Pharisees who wrapped their robes and crossed the street so they wouldn’t have to deal with a beaten and dying Samaritan.
I have no doubt that, given the chance, Christians in Sudan would have voted. Christians in Syria would have voted. Christians in China would have voted. Christians in North Korea would have voted. Christians in any of the “stans” would have voted. I hope you get the point. Your silence was deafening. You need to engage!
My father-in-law is a Christian, a retired missionary, and a proud Veteran. He has sacrificed his life to bring men and women to Jesus Christ. He has “served” through all manner of political administrations. As a missionary, he even “served” under dictatorships. The constant in his life is his witness; it was never compromised, never changed, though often challenged. His commitment to the Truth has rendered him immovable and unflappable. To this day, he is engaged in the struggle for men’s souls. I aspire to be like him.
So…Christian…square your shoulders today, the battle is not over. Remember what the Scripture commands, “Rejoice!” “Give thanks unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ (II Cor 2:14) knowing that no weapon formed against you will prosper, and every tongue that rises up against you in judgment you shall condemn for this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord. (Isa 54:17).” Our battle does not end with a four year term in the White House, it is for an eternity in God’s House called, “Heaven.”
Don’t be discouraged. Don’t ever forget, Satan thought he had won on Friday…but Sunday was coming!