There is so much I want to write. In the wake of last nights Presidential results, and the reactions I have seen to them, there are a lot of things that I could and would like to say. However, I feel that much of what I would want to say would come across as political, and that’s not what this blog is about. This blog is about encouraging the believers in faith. And that’s what I want to speak to.
Church, God did not lose last night. Contrary to what Franklin Graham and other vocal Christian leaders may think, voting for Governor Romney over President Obama last night would not have been repentance. It would have been a transfer of political power, which can happen every four years. Plain and simple.
We have a divided nation, almost right down the middle. We also have a tendency to tie Christianity to the political process. We somehow think that by placing our efforts in fighting for the “right” candidate we are somehow taking up the cause of the Kingdom. But the Kingdom is so much more than this. The Gospel of Christ deserves so much more devotion than this.
Now we can lament, and rightfully so, about the moral decline of our nation. Divorce is at an all time high. Teen pregnancy is at an all time high. Addictions ruin the lives of people. We are confused on the definition of marriage. I could go on and on about the negatives. Many of us feel that we have completely turned our back on God as a nation. But let’s pause before we jump off the cliff.
I would like to think that I know history, especially biblical history, fairly well. Let’s go back to the first and second century, right as the Church was beginning. Ancient Rome, the most powerful nation in the world, was the epitome of immorality. Prostitution was not only legal, but it was an accepted form of worship. There was open worship of multiple gods. The “Pax Romana” was used to brutally keep people in line all in the name of peace. Caesar’s, who thought themselves to be gods, ruled in the only interest of increasing their territory and power. Many were far more inherently evil than our newly re-elected President and other politicians of our day. And Christianity was not just despised but persecuted mercilessly. To the point where, in his Roman palace, Nero burned Christians alive to light his garden parties. I know we have our issues, but our world is nowhere near that. But guess what happened? The church THRIVED. Christians won their neighbors over because the love of Christ was so compelling. And this was done through living life as Jesus commanded, regardless of the law of the land, and it spoke to a nation. It wasn’t done in the chamber of the Roman Senate or in Caesar’s court, but in the lives and hearts of the people. Amidst that climate, the church exploded. It can happen today, too.
I know many are angry, sick, upset, and feel like the world is going to end. It may today, but not because President Obama was re-elected. If it ends, it will be because the Sovereign God who knew the results of last night’s election long before we did says it is time. I encourage you today though, followers of Christ, to take heart for He has already overcome all things of this world. Maybe one day the moral fiber of this country will be woven back together stronger than it ever was. That would be a great thing. But maybe it will continue to decline. That will be fine also, because the darker the world gets the brighter the light of Jesus can shine. Church we have done our best work in history when the world is at its darkest. Today, the sun came up. Let’s move together, taking the revolution of grace and love Jesus started, giving to Caesar what is Caesar’s, respecting the God-given authority of our leaders, and in doing so win this world. Last night was not the end of anything, but only the beginning of continuing the good work of Jesus and his Gospel. Let’s unite together and act like it.