Thursday, November 08, 2012

Reflections on the Election

Elections are a way of taking the temperature of a nation and America clearly has a very high fever.  Obama has been a disaster from the start, but it is important to recognize that Romney, and even the majority of Republican presidential candidates were all terrible.  But this is not a new phenomenon.   Christians ought not to simply mourn that President Obama was reelected, but that the election came down to two un-Christian socialists.  This is the larger calamity.

But the election results were much bigger than just the presidential race.  So very few candidates are willing to speak to the issues of the day and lack the moral courage to lead.  Candidates are only willing to discuss issues within the accepted cultural narrative.  None really challenge the nature of the debate.
No one is willing to truly discuss the truly frightful nature of government debt and spending.  No candidates are willing to challenge pro-abortion candidates for supporting the murder of babies.  No one is willing to speak the truth about the wicked income tax.  No one speaks against the socialist redistribution of wealth in the administration of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, and other entitlement programs.  Candidates are silent in speaking against militarism and the massive empire built on hubris and debt.  No one speaks against the wicked monetary policy of the Federal Reserve.  No one opposes the illegal bombing and murdering of innocents by drones in undeclared wars.  The truthful nature of the war in Afghanistan is left unmentioned.  None speak out against the disgusting actions of the Transportation Security Administration.  None are willing to truly defend the God-given right to self-defense and the possession of firearms.  I could continue, but I suspect I’ve made my point.

So while we mourn the outcome of the election and our sorrow is acute in seeing the results—it is the very nature of the political discourse in our nation that we ought to mourn.   This election cycle saw the advancement of the homosexual lobby in unprecedented ways.  We ought to mourn this, but the fact that we’ve come so far as to actually discuss homosexual marriage at all, let alone legitimize it, is a sign of the dramatically declining influence of the Church in society.

This is what is truly of interest in this election—the declining influence of the Church upon our culture.  Indeed, this is the perennial challenge of the Church—how to speak truthfully to a culture while remaining faithful to Christ.  Until the Church accepts its cultural mandate, culture will erode, and face crisis after crisis—blindly searching for a savior, all the while it suppresses the truth in unrighteousness, and rejecting the only true Savior.

There is no Savior apart from Christ.  There is no political solution to the problems our nation faces.  Republicans and Democrats alike are guilty of idolatry in proclaiming they have the solutions to our nation’s problems.  If the Church faithfully proclaims the gospel and perseveres in disciple-making, the political solutions will naturally follow.  “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.”  If we seek political solutions apart from Christ we will lose the solutions and Christ.  This is the critical component to cultural renewal—seek Christ first, and only, and you will find that which you need.

America does face grave threats and the situation will likely get much worse before it gets better.  But those afraid of “Armageddon America” need to return to their Bibles.  Kingdoms rise and fall, and America is no different in this regard.  America’s problems are not a portent of the Apocalypse, but a sign of God’s judgment.  We are being judged, and the judgment will continue until we are purified of our iniquity.  But there is hope—Jesus is Lord!  “…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV) 

As I began, America has a high fever.  But fevers are the means of defeating infection.  A fever is necessary for healing.  Christians (all people really) too often fall into a defeatist mentality—thinking the fever will lead to death.  But let us remember the Psalms.  Psalm 10 begins, “Why, O LORD, do you stand far away?  Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”  Yet it concludes, “The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.  O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.”  Our God is not a defeated God—he is triumphant!

Not only is God triumphant, but his enemy is suicidal—for they are those who hate death. (Prov. 8:36)  The enemies of God cannot prevail because theirs is a cult of death and barrenness.  Ponder for a moment the nature of leftist ideology.  They love abortion—the killing of babies.  They want to see the widespread use of contraceptive devices and abortifacient drugs.  They would love to see infertile homosexual “marriages.”  They would love to see government grow at the expense of the productive economy.  This is a philosophy of death—an inherently suicidal belief system.  Such a system cannot win.

With this in mind, look around you.  Christians are having babies—lots of them!  They are taking them out of the Godless public school system and educating them at home or in Christian schools.  Reformed theology is increasingly popular and ascendant.   There is a reformation movement afoot in the churches.  It is advancing slowly, at least from our perspective, but it is advancing.  This is the system that will win.

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1 comment:

Just Passing Through ... said...

Thank you Pastor John (lol, maybe someday?!!) for these encouraging words!! Appreciate it.