We’ve come to the end of another president election. We’re through the damages of Hurricane Sandy and the recent Nor’easter. As the political ads subside and the clean-up from the storms continues, one thing remains clear – the body of Christ needs to rise up and strengthen families by living out a biblical worldview.
A great perspective on continuing to be witness for life, marriage, and religious freedom is given from Focus on the Family president Jim Daly entitled, “My ‘Foolish’ Reaction to President Obama’s Re-election.” Here’s part of it:
It may feel like everything has changed and that the way forward has been dashed. But the reality is quite the opposite.
That’s because the greatest challenges facing the family still rage red hot. Our hands and our hearts are needed more than ever before in our nation’s history.
Awhile back I asked former President George W. Bush to identify the most significant threat to the United States of America. I thought he would say it was terrorism. He answered immediately and without equivocation.
The deterioration of the family.
He’s absolutely correct and this is where our work needs to focus now:
Helping marriages, parents and introducing people to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
And so while elections have major consequences, one thing remains crystal clear to me as the sun rises on a new day.
It’s time to rededicate ourselves to the mission of the moment: to rebuild the American family and renew our hope in the God in whose hands we rest, “safe and secure from all alarm.”
It’s time to continue our effort to make sure that every person, however small, is protected under law. It’s time to again remind those who support abortion that life is the better choice! It’s time to recommit ourselves to championing adoption and reforming a broken foster care system. It’s time to be bold and stand stiffly into the wind of popular culture and point to the extraordinary benefits of children being raised in homes with one mom and one dad.
Simply put, it’s time to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
No vote, however contentious or disappointing, can weaken the foundation of my Christian faith as I strive to serve families.
The Lord told his followers, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Yes, every election is the equivalent of a fork in the road, a time of choosing when the country’s citizens express their voice in the form of a vote. That President Obama has won re-election comes as a source of great disappointment to many because of his campaign to support abortion and same sex marriage. These are policies which many know are contrary to scripture and weaken the family.
A fair-minded person will also acknowledge and admit that any time their candidate loses the news can come as a blow. But there is also divine opportunity seeded in the reality of setback.
I believe the coming days, weeks and months could very well be one of the modern-day Church’s finest hours. This is no time to name call; there is no place for pettiness as we begin to count the consequences of the 2012 campaign.
Instead, this is a time to rise and reprioritize. It is time to reach out to every person in every corner of this country and in doing so, strive to reflect Christ’s heart to a very hurting world by our words and actions.