Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Encouragement After The Election

Last night's election results were a huge disappointment to almost half the country. The pro-life community in particular lamented the fact that the most pro-death president in history will be leading our country for another 4 years. The implications of his leadership  in areas from the economy to gun control to the appointment of Supreme Court justices are overwhelming. He has also openly said he would use executive orders to get things done that Congress wouldn't do, in direct disregard for the checks and balances established by the Constitution.

To be sure, conservatives know what's at stake here. And the sentiment is a resounding, may God have mercy on this country.  That was my prayer as I went to bed last night at 1:30am, and was my prayer this morning as I couldn't go back to sleep after my husband left at 4:30am. God spoke some things to my heart during this time, and while I still every moment have to throw my anger, despair, and worry at His feet, these thoughts help. And I want to share them with those of you who are feeling the same emotions that I am.



First, some perspective. For the moment, we are still the freest country in the world.

While the number of abortions done each year here is staggering, shameful, and depressing, we do not yet have actual population control measures in place. Unlike China, we do not pull women off the street and force them to undergo abortions.

If we wanted to leave the country because of the leadership, we could. Unlike places like North Korea and Cuba, we still have the ability to come and go freely with very few exceptions.

We are the most armed citizenry in the world. Despite the anti-gun sentiment among liberals, and what I'm convinced will be an agenda item for the president this term, we are far from being disarmed. It's in our Constitution, and has been upheld by the Supreme Court that the 2nd Amendment applies to individual citizens. It is unlikely that will change in the next 4 years.

No matter the unemployment rates, high gas and food prices, and overall failed economic policies, God has blessed a huge number of conservatives with great wealth that they continue to give large amounts of to charity. And he has blessed the rest of us with great hearts that allow us to give even when we have very little to spare. We can and will continue to take care of each other.

We still have the freedom to take our grievances through the court system. Unlike dictatorships where the citizens have no rights to question the authority of their government, we still do. And in four more years, we will once again go to the polls to decide on new leadership. And a positive here is that the current president can't be elected again.

And, more importantly than any of that is that we still have freedom of religion. Most of us would say that there is an attack on Christianity happening in our country. Liberals interpret "freedom of religion" to mean freedom from religion, and are ousting the God of Christianity from every public square. But we don't have to hide our beliefs. We aren't threatened with imprisonment or death for our faith. That's huge!

These are just some of the blessings we still have in our country. Please feel free to continue the list in the comments.

Now for some admonition. And I'm speaking this as much to myself as to all of you. I said this in my last blog post. Those who follow Christ are still God's people. When God told Abraham that he was going to destroy Sodom, Abraham pleaded that the city would be spared on account of the righteous. And God told Abraham that if Abraham could find even ten righteous people in the land, he would spare Sodom. We know that Abraham could not, and so God did destroy Sodom. But the United States of America is not Sodom. Righteous citizens can be found in every town in every state. So I'm going to say that, like Abraham, we should plead the case for our country. Daily. And we should live our lives in a way that attempts to be worthy of the righteousness given to us through the blood of Christ.

Remember that ultimately, God is in control. He was not surprised by the outcome of this election. And perhaps he is allowing it so that his people will step out of their complacency and seek him earnestly about this land.

I'd like to also encourage you to pray for all the people who claim the name of Christ, but decided to vote for a man who believes it's okay to dismember babies in the womb, and allow born babies to die alone in hospital supply closets. Several friends of mine broke my heart with their decisions to do just that, because at the time it seemed to them that all the other issues outweighed that one. The Lord takes murder very seriously. He is the Author of Life. While health care for everyone and other social issues may be noble causes, they can never outweigh the gravity of standing by while millions of innocent babies are slaughtered. I'm grieved that so many were deceived. They need our prayers.

Be blessed today, and be a blessing to someone else. Unload your anger and other emotions at the feet of the Lord, so you can still represent Christ in what seems like dark times. The deeper the darkness, the brighter the light.


"And God causes all things to work together for the good of those love him, and have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7