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Post Election Thoughts from an Arminian

Much has been written already on the 2012 US elections.  Many godly men such as Dr. Al Mohler has pointed out that we are facing a dramatic culture shift in the United States.  President Obama won both the popular vote and the electoral vote despite claims by political conservative pundits that he would lose.  Some guaranteed Obama’s defeat (see Dick Morris for example).  I felt that Obama would win but thought he would lose the popular vote.  I was wrong on that as well.

What do we learn from the 2012 elections?

1.  True Christianity Is Losing the Culture War.

Some “Christian” such as Rachel Evans hold that we should realize that younger “evangelicals” just don’t care about abortion or about same-sex marriage and thus why they voted for Obama.  Christians have made the culture war their mandate for many years now but if we learn anything from the 2012 elections it would be that Christians are losing that battle.  Same-sex marriage was passed in the states of Maine and Maryland and likely Washington.  Minnesota rejected the idea (good for them).  The map is clear that in the North and the Northwest, Christianity has little to no bearing on the voters.  The South continues to support traditional marriage but it is a matter of time before that changes as well.

Our mandate as disciples of Jesus is not to transform our culture through politics.  Our fight is not abortion or same-sex marriage though I think we should vote righteously on these issues.  Our fight is for the gospel (Romans 1:16-17).  The gospel will transform our society.  You want people to have a biblical worldview?  Then preach the Bible as the inerrant and infallible Word of God and that Jesus alone saves.  This will transform our society from the inside out (Titus 3:1-7).  People are dead in their sins (Ephesians 2:1-3) so why should we not be surprised when they vote for their flesh and not for God?  We need to disciple our people to think biblically and to proclaim Jesus to the lost (Matthew 28:19-20).  This will transform our nation.

2.  Prayer Must Be A Focus!

The one positive that I see coming out of the 2012 elections would be the call to prayer.  I feared that if Romney won the election then disciples of Jesus would view that as a reason to sit back and relax but with Obama winning, I saw many people calling for prayer.  Good!  This should not take the election of one wicked man to force us to pray.  We should have been praying already.  Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 2:1-7 what to pray for and it is clear that we should be praying for the lost to be saved.  The true Church should pray for President Obama to repent of his sins and be saved (Acts 2:38).  We should pray for Obama to repent of his views on abortion and on same-sex marriage.  God can change Obama’s heart.

Jesus said in Luke 18:1 that we should always pray and not lose heart.  How many lost heart over the elections last nigh?  I did.  I was discouraged when I went to bed and woke up with a heavy heart.  But Jesus said that that should drive us to prayer.  Our faith in a sovereign God should lead us to pray for the United States to repent and for God to be glorified in His Church (Ephesians 3:20-21).

3.  Be Ready For a Fight Even Among “Christians”.

We will see a shift over the next four years.  The younger “evangelicals” who have been soaked in postmodernism, in the seeker church, will push for evangelicals to come “mainline” with the political views of our culture.  We will be asked to allow for same-sex marriage, to accept homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle, and we will be asked to curb our focus on abortion.  We will be asked to move more toward the left on most issues.  The Republicans (and other “conservatives”) will move away from cultural issues toward more liberal views.  Obama, at the 2012 DNC, was cheered for defending abortion and for coming out in favor of same-sex marriage.  That view, an anti-God view, won last night.  It is clear that our nation agrees with Mr. Obama, that abortion should be allowed and that homosexuality is legitimate.  The Church should not.

We need to stand for what the Bible teaches.  Many younger evangelicals will ask us to reinterpret texts that are against abortion or against homosexuality.  When it comes to abortion, we will be asked to realize that we can never get rid of it but should seek to curb it.  This is the stance of many evangelicals who supported Obama.  They believe this is Obama’s view as well.  We will be asked to embrace same-sex marriages and this will happen because the media will ridicule the traditional view, popular media will give us movies, television programs, and books that support same-sex marriage as a positive and good thing, and many evangelicals will grow weary trying to fight the push to accept the sinful practice of homosexuality.  Many will simply give in and accept cultural norms without a fight.

4.  A Clear Division In the Church.

We will see a rise coming of more and more seeker sensitive, shallow churches.  Why?  Because as the cultural moves more and more to the left, so will the Church.  The Church will do this because they want to be popular, to draw crowds, and of course, make money.  To preach against abortion, against socialism, against homosexuality, against adultery, etc. will not draw crowds.  The words of 2 Timothy 4:3-4 will soon come to pass.  The Church will either embrace postmodernism or will suffer.  I pray that we will heed the words of 2 Timothy 3:12 and suffer for Christ.

On a positive note, the house church movement will grow!  Many churches, to keep their budgets and to keep their buildings, will embrace postmodern Christianity but the true disciples of Jesus, the true Church will stand firm for the Lord (Matthew 24:13).  House churches will grow because they do not require buildings or monies.  Like the underground Church in China, the house churches in the United States will see growth over the years to come.  We can rejoice in that.

May God separate the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:31-46).

5.  We Must Preach Salvation Through Christ Alone!

Postmodernism will ask the Church to reject the inclusive nature of the gospel but we must stand firm (Romans 10:14-17).  Faith comes by hearing the gospel.  We must preach the truth to people who will hate us for preaching the gospel.  Have no fear.  Even if they kill us, let us stand firm (Matthew 5:11-16).  Jesus didn’t say the world would love us but rather they would hate us (John 15:18-25).  Peter makes it clear in 1 Peter 4:12-19 that we will suffer for being disciples of Christ.  There is no escaping the coming persecution.  The truth has never been popular.  We will be ridiculed for our stand for biblical marriage (Matthew 19:4-6), for our stand that homosexuality is a sin (Romans 1:26-27), for preaching that salvation is in Christ alone.  We will be told to accept what culture defines as norm.  May we resist!  May we stand for the Word of God even when we are laughed at for doing so.

Salvation will never come through politicians.  Transformation of our culture will not come through politics or by corrupting the gospel.  True salvation will only come through making disciples (Mark 16:15-16).  We must preach Christ alone.  We must stand for Christ alone.  We must preach His Word alone.  We must not give in to the culture for to do so will mean the loss of eternal salvation through Christ.  We must preach Jesus.  We must declare to all people to repent of their sins (Acts 17:30-31).  We must lay out the biblical demands of Jesus to follow Him (Luke 9:23-25; 14:25-35) and not water down the gospel for easy decisions.  We must allow the Holy Spirit to do His sovereign work of regeneration (Titus 3:5-7).  Salvation is from the Lord (Jonah 2:9) and He will save sinners as the disciples of Jesus preach His truth but we must open up our mouths and preach Him in order for souls to be saved.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

11/07/2012 at 9:15 AM

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