I woke up this morning and the first thing I notice was the sun came up, just like yesterday. It was not brighter, nor was it dimmer. It did not go into hiding or start to revolve in an entirely new way. It did exactly what it was created to do, rise and shine. While last night’s election certainly brought change, a newly elected president, Indiana being won by a democrat for the first time in my lifetime, the first African-American to be president, and new moral positions (his view on abortion is as liberal and anti-biblical as we have ever been under), my purpose and function today is the same. In fact for Christians, just as God is the same yesterday, today and forever, our purpose and function should be the same yesterday, today, and forever: To glorify God and enjoy Him forever. While a new administration may offer new and different avenues to do this, my existence and outlook is not shaken or changed. I, like the sun, am to do what I was created to do, rise and shine. I am to get up, go about the tasks that God has called me to do and shine for his glory and enjoy Him.
Christians, do not be overcome and discouraged today. Christ sure victory over sin and death is as secure today as it was yesterday or in the 1950’s or in the 1800’s. If anything let your zeal be inspired and increased. First, we are reassured there are many who need Christ. Second, God’s plans have not been thwarted, His kingdom will endure, He is at discouraged or stressed today for He knows what is to come so neither should we His children be discouraged or stressed today. Go out and do His work, for it will be victorious! As sure as the sun is rose, the Son reigns.
A few other observations:
- A record number of voters showed up to voice their opinions yesterday. This election may be the best barometer during my lifetime of where my neighbors and fellow country men stand, of what is important to them and what is not. Let this motivate us as Christians to realize how greatly our neighbors and country need to hear about and see the radical transforming power of Christ.
- The economy, by in large, drove this election. Even among professing evangelicals this vote had to do primarily with their pocketbook and treasures here on earth (even for many who did not vote for President Elect Obama). Abortion and morality were little talked about and of little concern to the majority. This again shows the need of Christ, because money is ahead of morality. It also ought to be a gut check for all of us: are we laying up treasures here on earth or in heaven?