The election is over and the results are in. I just want to highlight a few points that I think are worth considering.
Pray for our president.
This should go without saying and I’m sure many churches do. However I’m a little taken aback at how Christians are praying. First and foremost we should be praying for his conversion. That’s right, his salvation. This probably sounds judgmental except for the fact that Jesus instructs to judge with “right judgement” in John 7:24 and to look at the fruit of those who claim to be of Christ as Matthew 7:16 says. So let us judge with right judgement by examining the fruit of Obama’s actions.
1. he is the most radically pro-abortion president to ever sit in office;
2. he is pro-homosexual; and
3. he supports the defamation of marriage by supporting same sex marriage.
These sound like progressive cultural stances, shouldn’t we be applauding him? I mean Obama has said in the past he’s a Christian, shouldn’t we just take him at his word? What looks progressive is actually worldly wisdom and a sign of God’s revealed wrath against this nation. Romans 1 clearly describes what it looks like when God gives a society over to depravity in his wrath.
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness…Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another…Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error…God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.” Romans 1:18-32
It’s clear from this text that homosexuality and murder are the hallmark signs of God’s wrath among others. So let me ask you this…if Obama was a Christian would the fruit of his actions be the very thing God uses to display his wrath against a sinful mankind? Obama’s actions march lock step with what the text calls “being given over to sinful desires.” If we judge by right judgement and if we examine fruit as the scripture tells us, then the answer is more than clear. We as a church must be on our knees praying for this man’s conversion. The fruit of a true Christ follower will never be what God describes as evidence of his wrath. Homosexuality, the defamation of the God given institution of marriage, and the murder of millions of unborn children are meant to be warning signs, not simply ignored under the guise of humility or not judging others.
Why two unbelievers?
The scriptures constantly refer to God as “establishing government and authority”. As Romans 13:1 states, “for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” So if this is true, and God is completely sovereign over those who rule over us, then why did he only give us two unbelievers to choose from? Why didn’t he raise up a man of God who is a servant of Christ to lead this nation? Instead we got a Mormon and a secular humanist.
The answer comes from a biblical paradigm God has used over and over again. In scripture, whenever the children of Israel were disobedient, God raised up a pagan nation of unbelievers to rule over them. It was God’s way of chastising them in order to turn their hearts back to him. Time and time again Israel was exiled and subjected to the morality and laws of pagan unbelieving nations. If it’s God who establishes all authority with his own purposes, then we can safely assume he is doing the same here. So when you and I look at Romney and Obama, we were never meant to see and champion a “lesser of two evils”. We were meant to see our only two choices are people who blatantly reject the lordship of Christ and be broken over it. Our poor selection should be a constant reminder that as a nation, we have to turn our hearts back to God. Instead what we ended up doing was championing a morality that doesn’t flow from the cross and was simply less evil than it’s predecessor. Seeing the possibility of two unbelievers ruling over this nation should have provoked us to prayer and repentance, instead it drove us to mistake morality for godliness. This isn’t to say it was wrong to vote for Romney. I’m simply saying let’s not miss the bigger picture here that everything is not well just because someone shares 80% of your moral values and happens to be a candidate. The bigger picture is confession, repentance, and a heart that flows with affection for the King.
Where do we go from here?
If we are going to be blunt about it, God just gave the nation of America over to it’s own sinful desires under the hand of an unbeliever. Abortion, homosexuality, the degradation of marriage, you name it, God gave us over to it. We should rest in the fact that God has purpose for doing this…repentance.
We should also keep in mind that the primary way God changes a culture is from the proclamation of the gospel. While we may be discouraged about the direction our nation is taking politically, we can be certain that our commission remains the same. Go and make disciples and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. May these next four years be fruitful in prayer, fasting and repentance, in the hope our God will restore our land and raise up a true man of God to lead this nation and not simply someone who has some of the same morals we do, yet rejects our God.
Get out into the marketplace. Engage society with the deep truths of God. Don’t be distracted with life and let complacency take hold. Stand up for the gospel, proclaim the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord. Make up your mind that these next four years are going to be a turning point for you spiritually as you deepen your affection for Christ and forsake your life for his fame and glory. The issues of homosexuality and abortion aren’t simply lifestyle choices. They’re serious signs you have been judged as a society and been found wanting. Engage one another in dialogue about these matters. Stand against abortion, make your voice heard. Develop a strong apologetic against homosexuality and proclaim the truth of Christ to the gay community in love.
Forsake the world and set eternity before you. No candidate will be your hope, no candidate will be your joy. Christ alone is your King. “For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.” Hebrews 13:14