(We are continuing to reblog the top posts of 2012 during the holiday break. This one ranked #4. As someone who is growing weary of the constant political bickering, the challenge issued here is a good reminder. Share this post with your friends)
Tuesday night I was excited to watch the election returns. I tuned-in early to hear the optimistic predictions. I was feeling confident that real change was coming. Perhaps I’ve been in denial. Drinking the “kool aid” that has been in abundant supply. In my stricken state of mind I even filled out a prediction map calling for a big upset victory! Even when things were not looking so good, I was convinced the Karl Rove was right! All would end well.
When Ohio was finally called, I said, to no one in particular, “That’s it. It’s over. I’m going to bed.” And before I could turn off the TV the Election Alert flashed “Obama Wins Reelection”
I must admit the results left me feeling a bit somber. Reflective. Pensive. Ok, I guess a little depressed. Wednesday morning I read encouraging comments from friends on facebook. Of course, I know they’re right. God’s still in control. He’s King. Ruler. And Almighty. My responsibilities as a Kingdom citizen haven’t changed.
But I think my melancholic state is not about who won. Or what political party won. But rather what won? And what lost? It’s sad to see the continued moral and spiritual decline and decay of our country. We live today in two Americas. One is secular. The other spiritual. Florida College Bible Professor, Doy Moyer, expressed it this way on a facebook post:
It is clear that America is not united. And it isn’t the political division per se that is the real problem; it’s the moral division. There is no moral consensus because there is no moral standard. For decades our nation has drunk deeply from the well of subjectivism, humanism, and moral relativism. And now we are proudly bloated on our own lack of values. But it’s not just America. It’s the world.”
Also columnist Cal Thomas in his morning commentary expressed my feelings when he asked, “What is the message from Tuesday’s election results?” His answer:
“Americans seem unconcerned with the $16 Trillion debt, the effects of nationalized health care on businesses and individuals, the continued operation of abortion mills and same-sex marriage which won in liberal Maine and Maryland.” He went on the observe, “We are witnessing the unraveling of our culture. The Greatest Generation is no more. The values by which they mostly lived have been replaced by envy, greed and entitlement, the unholy trinity of narcissism.”
And then this dire and ominous warning, “Perhaps never has the verse from Romans, “and God gave them over” seemed more relevant than today. We’re being given over to our lower nature…keep one thing in mind. Nothing happens outside the will or knowledge of God. The Prophets and Jesus predicated what would happen when we forget God. We have replaced Him with government and God is giving us over.”
You see this is not about red states or blue states. It’s about the black state of America. The state of Moral darkness. Where the “god of this age” has blinded people’s eyes to Truth.(2 Cor 4:4-5) The state of “no absolutes,” “no God,” and “everything’s relative.”
And so what are we who are Christians to do?
We must arise from spiritual stupor and walk in the day as children of Light! We must not allow the darkness to engulf us. And it will, if we are not on guard. If we become apathetic. Or if we just give up and quit in despair. Darkness will attack our attitudes. Our actions. Our emotions.
Our challenge? To be true to our divine calling. Peter proclaimed:“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Pet 2:9)
We are His chosen people. We are a royal Priesthood. We are a holy nation. We are God’s special people. And so we must each shine our little light in this dark world of sin. Declaring His marvelous message. Showing his loving kindness. Following His virtuous footsteps. So, beam that light, my friend! Hold it high! Shine it bright!
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman