"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
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!