November 6 – A Message to Conservative Christians

Posted on November 7, 2012

Many of us were greatly disappointed to see President Obama gain a second term in office. The principles and issues we hold so dear, such as protecting the lives of the unborn, protecting traditional marriage, our nation’s relationship with Israel, etc., seem to be at risk. One of my friends asked, “So what do we do now?” I want to take a few minutes to answer that question.

First, I want to remind you that while we love America, it is not heaven, where our permanent citizenship is kept for us. “Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20) It’s entirely possible that we are in the minority now, and that we will never win another presidential election. Sometimes, God takes things away from us to remind us to trust in Him. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7) Just as people often become overly dependent on jobs, spouses, etc and then crumble when they lose those things, so, too, will we crumble if we are trusting in human government rather than our Lord.

Second, I want to remind you to be thankful. “Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) Yes, the president we wanted ousted was granted a second term. Yes, he will work against us regarding our core principles. But we could be living in Rwanda, or Sudan, or the Congo, or Afghanistan. We at least got to vote. We can still urge our congressmen and senators to work toward our goals. We can still attend church. I can still preach The Word. I still have the world’s most wonderful and adorable wife and the world’s cutest-and-most-exceptional-in-every-way-one-year-old boy. Even the poorest among us is better off than 99.9% of the people in those countries. Be THANKFUL!

Third, we need to be in prayer for President Obama. ” First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4) We need to continue to speak the truth IN LOVE, and show the love of Christ even to Liberal Atheist Democrats (gasp!). That’s nowhere even approaching as much as our Savior did for us.

Fourth, REJOICE! We need to remember that even if times get really tough for us, God is good all the time, and He will never leave us or forsake us. He allows difficulties in our lives for our own good. “You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to be distressed by various trials so that the genuineness of your faith–more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire–may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:6-9) “Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little.” (1 Peter 5:10) “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)

Finally, remain confident in the One who created and redeemed you. It’s not as if we’ll be spending eternity saying, “If only Romney had won that election back in 2012!” No matter who wins the office, no matter how good or bad things get, always remember this: “What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare His own Son, but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything? Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!” (Romans 8:31-39)

In HIM>

Scott

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