Thursday, November 8, 2012

My Thoughts on the Election

"For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge:
 He putteth down one and setteth up another."  ~ Psalm 75:6-7

Like many of you, I've been processing a complex swirl of emotions in the aftermath of the presidential elections on Tuesday.  I wanted to blog about it yesterday, but I could not seem to collect my thoughts.  For that matter, I'm not sure I can today.

My heart is heavy.  

My greatest disappointment?  The fact that so many Americans are blind to the truth, deceived by this man that we must endure as President for four more years, and desirous of a socialistic form of government.  In fact, one political analyst on the station we watched summed it up well when he said -- The American people are no longer interested in John F. Kennedy's famous challenge to "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."  They are only interested in what the government can and will do for them.  What a Sad, Sad day in our country's history!

My heart continues to be heavy, as I see God's judgment descending on our land.  My liberal friends don't believe that God judges a nation for its actions.  But those of us who read, study, and believe God's Word, know that God does indeed judge nations -- He has done so down through history and will continue to do so until the final judgment.  (See Matthew 25:31-32 on through the rest of the chapter for starters.)

As I contemplate the evil in our land, Psalm 12:1 is the cry of my heart:

"Help, LORD! For principled and godly people are here no more; faithfulness and the faithful vanish from among the sons of men."  (Amplified version)

And I wonder what to do about it, as expressed in Psalm 11:3:

"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?"

I feel very discouraged, but the Lord is whispering encouragement to my heart through passages such as Psalm 9:7-10:

"But the Lord shall remain and continue forever; He has prepared and established His throne for judgment. And He will judge the world in righteousness (rightness and equity); He will minister justice to the peoples in uprightness.  The Lord also will be a refuge and a high tower for the oppressed, a refuge and a stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution, and desperation). And they who know Your Name (who have experience and acquaintance with your mercy) will lean on and confidently put their trust in You, for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek (inquire of and for) You (on the authority of God's Word . . .)."  (Amplified version)

I know the Lord will sustain those who are truly His, no matter what the future may hold!  But, we must be preparing ourselves for hard times and for persecution, and as my pastor's wife exhorts, we must be training our children to be Esther's and Daniel's, who will stand alone for God even in times of captivity and persecution.

My pastor wrote an excellent article yesterday on what our response to the election should be, which he posted on Facebook. I shared this on my Facebook wall yesterday, and it was like breaking open a hornet's nest!  He has given me permission to share it here as well.

Mitt Romney Becomes the Next President of the United States!

by David Hudson on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 

If that was the headline on every newspaper and website this morning, what would be different?  How would that change what we are as a nation?

There are many individuals that are waking up this morning tired and hung over from all of the election coverage.  Most of those that I am in contact with through social media are also highly disappointed.  The election did not turn out at all like they thought it would or wanted it to.  Most of us were hoping that some of the prognosticators on the right were correct and the Republicans would win going away.  If that would have happened, we could have gone to bed much earlier than we did and would have slept quite well.  Therein lies the problem!  It is highly possible that if Governor Romney would have defeated President Obama many Christians would have gone right back to sleep spiritually and thought that all is well in the world.  Instead, I am seeing social media sites explode with Christians that are saying that we need to pray harder and seek God more.  Perhaps that is exactly what God wanted!

Four years ago many were irate with our President for saying that America is no longer a Christian nation.  I would contend with you that he is right and we have just experienced the first post-Christian election.  Why do I say that?  For the first time in our nation's history the people of this nation have supported a party that made the killing of the unborn a priority of their agenda while purposely removing God from that same platform.  For the first time by a popular election two states have redefined marriage and another state elected the first openly homosexual senator.  There are other reasons but it is obvious that Biblical values are no longer the priority of the voting public.

It is not time for the church to go back to sleep.  We have been asleep way too long!  If the Republican candidate would have won and these other things had taken place, we would be ignoring the cancer of sin that is slowly eating away at our Biblical values.  Instead, the church is awake and is recognizing that the real work of being salt and light in this world is just beginning.  We are no longer a majority.  Unfortunately, when we were, we were referred to as the "silent majority".  Perhaps there is the real problem.  The church must speak with boldness and with the knowledge that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!

It is true that this election along with all the other things that come into our lives falls under the umbrella of that famous passage:  All things work together for good to them that love God.  I think the question that we need to ask today is what is meant by "good", better yet, whose good?  Usually good means prosperity and freedom from problems.  God never promised that for His people continually.  He did promise that His will would be accomplished and we are to rejoice in that fact.  May we pray today that His will would be done in earth as it is in heaven.

What are your thoughts on this election?  Do you agree with my Pastor's assessment of the situation?  Please share your opinion (respectfully) in the comments!


barb lott said...

I am with you...I could not hardly get my self to work the next day. My heart is so heavy but my spirit is even heavier. So many people are blindsided of his charisma.

Many people needed to research prior to believing what they hear on television. Here is an interesting article in regards to the FORWARD campaign.

The Obama campaign apparently didn't look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, "Forward" — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.

Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name "Forward!" or its foreign cognates. Wikipedia has an entire section called "Forward (generic name of socialist publications)."

"The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other left-wing newspapers and publications," the online encyclopedia explains.

The slogan "Forward!" reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.

The Obama campaign released its new campaign slogan Monday in a 7-minute video. The title card has simply the word "Forward" with the "O" having the familiar Obama logo from 2008. It will be played at rallies this weekend that mark the Obama re-election campaign's official beginning.

There have been at least two radical-left publications named "Vorwaerts" (the German word for "Forward"). One was the daily newspaper of the Social Democratic Party of Germany whose writers included Friedrich Engels and Leon Trotsky. It still publishes as the organ of Germany's SDP, though that party has changed considerably since World War II. Another was the 1844 biweekly reader of the Communist League. Karl Marx, Engels and Mikhail Bakunin are among the names associated with that publication.

East Germany named its Army soccer club ASK Vorwaerts Berlin (later FC Vorwaerts Frankfort).

Vladimir Lenin founded the publication "Vpered" (the Russian word for "forward") in 1905. Soviet propaganda film-maker Dziga Vertov made a documentary whose title is sometimes translated as "Forward, Soviet" (though also and more literally as "Stride, Soviet").

Conservative critics of the Obama administration have noted numerous ties to radicalism and socialists throughout Mr. Obama's history, from his first political campaign being launched from the living room of two former Weather Underground members, to appointing as green jobs czar Van Jones, a self-described communist.

Mrs. H said...

I was pretty bummed, too, and we got a double-whammy in our home state of WA (where we voted absentee) as pretty much everything and everyone we voted against went through. But life moves on! This is a bad time to give up - we are needed now MORE than ever!

But yeah, I was shocked that people voted the way they did ... floored ...

Virtually every candidate and issue on the ballot was split almost exactly 50/50 - tells you there is a lot of confusion right now!

adajane said...

I haven't had a chance to read through this entirely yet but I did want to point out that no one (social media, news media, bloggers etc) has made mention of the fact that only 9% of the african american voters voted Romney. I find it hard to believe that only 9% of black voters are REpublicans which also leads me to believe that they (voters of other heritages as well) are voting based on skin color. Wouldn't this consititute racism? We should be voting for who will uphold our values, morals and do well for our country NOT because he/she is a minority or of a certain race or even religion. It is truly shameful the way people have voted in this election. It's frustrating and people really need to wake up, do their research and not make decisions based on popularity or, worse, skin color. (this morning the Today show commented on how Romney lost so many votes to the hispanic community completely ignoring the much wider difference among african-amerians. Let's not avoid the issue but bring it to light)

Nancy DeVirgilis said...

I agree with both of you 100%! I sincerely appreciate you sharing your thoughts as well as those of your pastor, Elizabeth, because they completely mirror my own observations regarding the election.

Here is what I shared with my family yesterday: We may have lost the election BUT "In all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels NOR RULERS, nor THINGS PRESENT NOR THINGS TO COME, NOR POWERS, nor height nor depth, nor ANYTHING IN ALL CREATION, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." So we lost, and yet we are the conquerors! They won and yet they (the evil they support) will be destroyed. In the meantime we have to live with eternity in view. They can have this world AND this country if that's how it has to be. That doesn't mean we shouldn't grieve for our country...for what it used to be compared to what it has become. I'm certainly grieving over that today. But God is sovereign in ALL things and ultimately we are citizens of another country and kingdom. We so quickly lose this focus and as your pastor explained so well, the church must wake up.

As you make reference to, as Christians we must be wise regarding the times we're in and plan accordingly. God's prophets warned the Iraelites over and over and yet they ignored the warnings and instead listened to the lies of the false prophets. Who are the false prophets of our day? Many...Obama and the liberal media to name a few. Is it any surprise that in our day that's who the majority are now listening to? As Christians we must pray for forgiveness and mercy on our nation, pray for wisdom, seek repentance and change in our own lives and seek God's guidance and will as never before.

I'll close with the words of John Adams:

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

"Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private virtue, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics."

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