Thursday, November 8, 2012

Four More Years

Many conservatives are shocked and crushed at the outcome of the presidential election.  President Obama, despite an abysmal record, won reelection against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.  This should have been an easy win.  Many were looking at the momentum growing behind Romney and were getting excited at the prospects of his victory.  None of that came to be, however, as Mitt Romney lost.  Personally, I can not say that I am surprised.  I am disappointed that Obama won, but I am not upset that Romney lost.  The blame really lies in Christians who put politics over faith and put their trust behind men who do not embody Christian values.  Christians on both sides of the political spectrum bought into the self-loving culture that is America and now it is time to pay the piper. 

Personally, I am surprised that Christians were able to get behind either of the candidates.  Actually, I should not be surprised at all considering the culture of self we all live in.  For Obama, the black church in particular came out in huge numbers for him.  Call me what you will for saying this, but the fact is that they put race over faith and voted for a man who stands against all the values they claim to hold near and dear while sitting in church and reading their Bibles each Sunday.  He is for gay marriage and he is pro-choice among other things.  But, then again, he is pro stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.  Of course the rich should be generous, but that is between them and God and not between them and you or government.  You may not think it is stealing, but hiring someone to forcibly take from another and give to you is stealing, plain and simple. God has zero partiality when it comes to race and so being partial because of race is not consistent with godliness.  Plain and simple, voting for Obama can in no way be justified from a Christian worldview.

Of course, most of the church would agree that voting Obama is not voting consistent with the Christian faith.  These same people, though, have tried to convince themselves and us that voting for Romney is consistent. I have heard people talking about the lesser of two evils, which I have already addressed in other posts.  I have heard people talk about Romney standing for Christian values.  While in some respects that may be true, but they forget the single most important Christian value of all.  That, of course, being Christ and the gospel.  Romney in no way, shape, or form is living in obedience to the gospel.  He follows a false religion based upon heretical writings and a complete redefinition of Jesus.  He follows and espouses a different Gospel, one which is accursed.  He prays to and seeks after a false "god" meaning he is either being led by delusion or demonic spirits.   What if Romney was a Muslim or an Atheist and still was against abortion and homosexual marriage?  What he were a Buddhist or Hindu?  Both of those religions also teach against abortion.  Quite honestly, I do not think Christians would have gotten behind any candidates of those faiths.  The fact is that Mormonism uses some Christian words and the Bible is part of their text to they felt that could somehow justify it in their minds.  Quite honestly, though, I find it much more offensive that someone would create a false representation of Jesus Christ than to follow a different religion altogether.  The Bible is full of evidence that God is of that same mindset. 

More specifically, I read two disturbing Facebook posts yesterday.  The first was from a church I hold near and dear that, while not specifically endorsing a candidate, used 2 Timothy 3:16 to show that we are supposed to vote as close to Christian values as we can.  You can look up 2 Timothy 3:16 if you wish, but it has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with choosing as close to Christian values as you can.  It affirms the Bible as the word of God, which the last time I checked is not very big into getting "as close to something" as we can.  We are not told that we have to be close to perfect outside of Jesus to be saved and Jesus did not live as close to perfect as He could to save us as best He can.  God does not call us to be mostly holy.  God does not tell us to take some thoughts captive for Jesus Christ.  The Bible does not tell us to sort of shy away from sin as God usually provides a way of escape.  God does not tell us to deny self most of the time.  God does not tell us to put most of our faith in Jesus.  I can go on, but you get the point.  The Bible is about truth and absolutes and it is never ever about compromise when it comes to that truth.  I realize we will never have a perfectly Christian sinless candidate, but the one they were implicitly endorsing is not even a Christian.  If a candidate is not seeking after Jesus then that candidate is not qualified to lead this nation.  Another troubling post I saw was a brother saying that we need to vote as though our lives depended on it because they do.  I know this brother has great faith in Jesus, but to publicly say such a thing undermines that faith and that witness.  Our lives depend on God and no man, no matter what office he holds.  I think the account of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego illustrate perfectly that no man, no matter how powerful and no matter what he wills can not stand in the way of the will of God when it comes to the lives of His children. 

In the end, America got what she deserved.  Many voted for Obama because they feared losing their right to have an abortion.  Many voted for Obama because they wanted to keep getting their "free" stuff that was paid for with money forcibly taken from others.  Many voted for Obama because they want government to take care of them no matter who it hurts, including their own children and grandchildren.  We also witnessed last night the first time that homosexual marriage was approved by a majority of voters.  We also saw last night the growing trend that a higher percentage of women vote than do men.  It is wonderful that women are taking advantage of their rights and casting their votes, but it is a disgrace that the God-appointed leaders of our families are sitting back and doing nothing.  Our nation is moving further away from God and any kind of Godly principles and we are even seeing this in our churches.  The church needs to get back into the business of doing the work of changing hearts to Jesus and not trying to change swing voters to their candidate.  The road to saving America is not through any Republican or Democrat but only by God changing our hearts back to Him.  Perhaps, if things get worse over the next several years, we will have nowhere else but to turn other than back to God.  If you think God does not act this way, read the historical books of the Old Testament, written as an example for our admonition, and you will see that God will do what is necessary to turn wandering hearts back to His direction. 

What we experienced last night was a consequence of getting caught up in the culture of self.  Romney was nominated with much evangelical support not because he was seeking after God and following after Jesus but because you thought he had the best chance at winning.  You used the foolish wisdom of your own minds and had the wrong priorities and now you sit and wonder what happened.  You trusted in your own mind over the wisdom of God as found in His word and now we will all live with the consequences of that action.  I am encouraged today to see all the posts on Facebook about not trusting in man.  I would rather this lesson have been learned in an easier way, but it is a lesson we all needed to learn once again.  Times are rough in America and if the doomsday predictors are right, things are only going to get worse over the next four years.  You voted out of fear of that not happening. You used your wisdom to find a candidate that would be tolerable to the unsaved and selfish masses not realizing we were just as selfish.  We voted because we were more scared of losing jobs or not finding work again, losing our homes, losing our freedom, and losing our ability to provide for ourselves in a world where things cost more but we all make less.  Maybe that is a good thing, maybe now when we do not have our chosen candidate to rely on and the world seems very unsure, we are right where we need to be and that is in a place where the only thing we have to turn to is God. 
Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.   Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV

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