Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What This Means

It is no overstatement that I am shocked at the outcome of this week’s election. I simply could not have imagined that the American people, in this country that I love and admire, could possibly have given four more years to a man who embodies the things which conservatives detest, while at the same time failing to deliver on the promises he made to his liberal constituency. In short, he has been a failed president – he has driven our country deeper into debt, division, and denial. And yet half the country wants more of the same. What does that say about the state of our national knowledge and core beliefs?

God showed us in the book of Exodus how He led His people into captivity, and placed them under an evil and oppressive king. Things got so bad that the king and his government decreed the legal killing of Israelite children, because their lives were an inconvenience to him. Does this sound familiar? It is analogous to our American society today, where we endure evil laws which have allowed the murder of 65 million innocent babies over the last 40 years. I believe that, just as He did for the Israelites in Egypt, God allows us to remain oppressed, and that He witnesses the death of innocent children by abortion in order to teach us a lesson. We need to return to Him - that is what He desires, and what He wants us to learn. Our politics and our morals are getting worse. It is time for a revival and repentance, and for us to ask for deliverance from our God, not from our politicians. I believe that God has given us today's leaders with the purpose of driving some of us to our knees. I want to be one of those people.

To that end, I am more resolved than ever to live my life in a direction that moves against the cultural current, and to unashamedly tell others about a better way - God's way. Here are three ways to get started:

1) Remember God – Politicians are not the ultimate thing to cheer for or to rely upon – remember, Jesus Christ is our Savior. Go to church, read your Bible, pray together as a family, rededicate your life to the Lord. The pundits tell us that the way to fix things is to have the “Republicans expand their demographics”. I say that this solution is wrong-headed, compared to the need for people to draw closer to God. He guides elections and He provides the blessings to nations.

2) Dump The Media – I believe that the fourth estate - the media - is now more powerful than the Democrat or Republican party. One need only look at the protection they gave to "their" candidate on Benghazi these past two months. We have seen false reporting and bias, even during the presidential debates. The media can now "make" a president if they wish to do so. How do we fight this? It's simple - stop funding them. Call your cable or satellite company and cancel your service. Get your news from sources that support godly principles and equity. Do things as a family without the need for a television. It's a big change - and it can have a huge impact.

3) Stand Up and Proclaim What Is Right – It’s time to take issues such as abortion and gay marriage out of our “blind spot” and learn to stand up and defend godly principles on these subjects. It is quite clear that racism is still a problem in this nation - 93% of black Americans voted for Barack Obama. This number is telling, because it means that many, many people in the Christian south cast their vote for a man because of the color of his skin - completely ignoring his anti-Christian policies. This is wrong - it is the very definition of racism. It is time to bring this into the light. And it is time for the rest of us to stand up for these same godly principles, to be vocal, and to make a difference.

I don't want to leave a legacy like that of the ungrateful Israelites who grumbled and complained to Moses because they didn't have their entitlement of water and food. They would rather have returned to their oppressors and lived again as slaves, as long as someone was there to fill their bellies. Instead, I want to be known for having the attitude of Moses, who stood up to Pharaoh and received God's blessing to lead His people out of captivity. It's time to grow up some more, to seek the Lord's guidance and direction, and to set out resolutely on the journey that He sets before us.