Hey, so what’d you do last night? Watch some NBA basketball? Read a book?
No? Oh, like all Americans, you followed the election results, and today you’re in an apocalyptic gloom, thinking that the Mayans are right on schedule?
Like you, many of us on staff at Summitview are still trying to get our heads and hearts around the results from Election 2012. Also, if you’re like me, you’re truly fighting to keep your eyes on the bigness and sovereignty of God in the blinding light of this dawn.
This election has brought us face-to-face with a hard truth: We are not in Kansas anymore. We are now, without debate, living in a post-Christian society. This is a sobering reality, and it was fully revealed – not caused – by this election.
So, we must ask, where do we go from here? What’s the church’s response? How do we, as children of the living God, live faithfully in this time? How do we fight the tendency to throw ourselves a pity party in the midst of moral and spiritual decline? How do we keep a Psalm-46 mindset?
What follows are a handful of links to challenging, encouraging and enlightening articles that can help us begin to answer these questions. They offer useful, biblically weighty insight about the state of our country, the state of Christianity, and lessons the church should take away from this election. We may not agree with every single detail in every single one of these articles, but we believe there is great truth in these resources that God’s people need to take to heart.
Keep in mind, though, that we're all a little emotional about last night. Things will become more clear as time goes on. God will do his thing – he always does. Now isn't the time to despair. Now is the time to pray, to seek the face of the Father, and to get our minds right and full of gospel-centered analysis of this political condition, so that our actions will bring glory and honor to the Ruler of the entire universe. So for now, read on.
“Slow Train Coming” by Marvin Olasky (World Magazine). How did we get here (“here,” as in re-electing President Obama, passing Amendment 64, a handful of states legalizing same-sex “marriage,” etc.)? Olasky provides needed historical perspective.
“Aftermath: Lessons from the 2012 Election” by Albert Mohler. “This deep division at the level of worldview presents President Obama with a daunting political challenge, but a worldview crisis is an even greater challenge for the church.” Mohler’s article pairs well with a tweet by pastor and blogger Jimmy Scroggins, which read, “This election ought to force evangelicals to change identities. Abandon ‘moral majority’ mindset & embrace living as ‘missional minority.’”
“From Me, Yesterday” by Collin Hansen (The Gospel Coalition blog). “If we suffer political defeat like those who have no hope but politics, we do not even commend ourselves, let alone the God who hung the moon and stars.”
“3 Things the Church Can Learn from Election 2012” by Trevin Wax (The Gospel Coalition blog). “If you are seeking to be a missionary presence in your community, you can’t ignore demographics.”
“Seven Post Mortem Principles” by Douglas Wilson. “Rather we must say that Jesus is the Lord of history, and so He is the one who gave this electoral outcome to us. We don't fully know why He did, but we know that He did.”
Maybe you’ll find these reads a blessing. Maybe you won’t. Maybe this entire time you’ve been going through a mental planning list for your pity party. I would encourage you to not be like Frodo, who wished the Ring had never come to him. We all need a good dose of Gandalf-isms in times such as these, and I can think of none more appropriate than this one:
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
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