I will go ahead and say this as a disclaimer, this post will probably make people mad. But, this has been weighing on me.
I am disappointed by the election. I’m not going to even avoid that statement. I never liked Mitt Romney, but he would have been better than what we have had for the past four years. But what has grieved me was more the response from my fellow “conservatives.” From people I have considered friends over the years and who claim the name of Christ, I have now heard talk of succession, assassination, and open revolt. How ignorant of history and Biblical doctrine can you be?
Obama did not win the election. Republicans gave it to him. They abandoned the principles by which they once stood to nominate someone they thought could be competitive. It didn’t work in 2008, and it didn’t work in 2012. I am no prophet, but I’m willing to bet it will not work in 2016 either. Judging from the election and the ads, the average individual could not tell you one thing the party supported. What would they know instead?
- Defeat Obama
- Repeal Obamacare
- Taxes are bad
- Debt is bad
That is not any way to run a campaign, or win hearts and minds. Don’t tell me what you are against, tell me what you are for. Plant your standard, hoist your flag, and be an advocate for SOMETHING.
Instead of attacking Democrats, tell me what you would do and how it will make my life better. Talk about the proper role of government and the 18 paragraphs in Article 1, Section 8 where that is found. Talk about how the 10th Amendment leaves everything else to the states. If Massachusetts wants a health care system, they can have it. But, Massachusetts and Illinois cannot make Georgia have it.
Talk about personal responsibility. It is much larger than welfare. The same mindset applies to many other areas, from students saying “just give me a B” and helicopter parents swooping in to save the day, and threaten lawsuits when a deserved grade is received.
The response to Tuesday’s results has been far more depressing than the actual event itself. The defeat was political. Why we lost was spiritual. I have news for the world. Mitt Romney is not the Messiah. He will not be able to save the world, or the country. That is a role for Jesus Christ, and for him alone.
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
Romans 13: 1-3
God was not surprised by the outcome. He knew the results far before he laid the foundations of the world. So, what is the point in running around talking about the world ending? How do you think you running around talking about treason honors the Lord?
The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
Proverbs 21: 1
You want to win in 2016? Pray for a revival instead of a victory. The church has turned into a compromising pile of vomit (no, not too strong of a word, read Revelation) before the eyes of the Lord. In the Lord only is our salvation. Not a presidential candidate, not a policy, not a program. None of that will work. Most of the laws which have caused so much controversy would have not been necessary if the Church had been doing its job.
You want to avoid gay marriage Focus on building strong marriages and keeping that covenant sacred. There is no scale of sin. Sodomy is no worse than adultery, fornication, or idolatry. Yet, while sodomy causes outrage, the others are tolerated on a daily basis, even among church leadership!
You tired of the social welfare programs? When was the last time you gave money to the poor? When was the last time you fed the hungry? If the body of Christ did it, the government would not have to start new programs.
You want the government to be responsible? How much are you in debt? Do you accept responsibility for your actions, even the really dumb ones, or do you want someone to get you out of it? Ever had a ticket fixed? That’s a bailout.
We as individuals, and as the Church, need to get our own house in order. Then, when we talk about these issues, our hypocrisy will not be a nausea causing stench to the nostrils.