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The church awoke

Posted by Tim :: Tim's thoughts

The election is over and the results are in... well, almost. Iowa is still trying to figure out just how many more votes Bush got over Kerry, but the end result is the same.
Much has been said about what to make of the election results. Peggy Noonan said it well by enumerating that George W. Bush is "the first incumbent president to increase his majority in both the Senate and the House and to increase his own vote (by over 3.5 million)... [he's] the first president to win more than 50% of the popular vote since 1988… [he] received more than 59 million votes, breaking Ronald Reagan's old record of 54.5 million…. [and] Mr. Bush increased his personal percentages in almost every state in the union."

This was clearly a historic election. But what Noonan didn't elaborate on was Bush's real ace in the hole... the evangelical Christian church. Other commentators have noted this claiming that it was the Christian Church that sealed this election for W.
Advancements of the immoral minority woke up this sleeping giant. The push to embrace the homosexual agenda, the attack on traditional marriage, the activist courts preventing abortion restrictions like partial-birth and state marriage amendments shocked the church out of the pews and into the polls.
The church spoke and the nation, indeed the world, heard our voice.
I'm proud of the church today. Lines were clearly drawn in this election. Each party made no apologies about what they stood for and what they were advocating. Each candidate's heart and character were clear to anyone who was willing to investigate each man’s fruit. For anyone still questioning Bush's faith and integrity, I encourage you to watch this video called Inner Strength: http://www.letfreedomring.com/innerstrength.asp

But since my hope is not in politics, my joy will not be complete unless the body of Christ continues to make noise wherever lives are on the line. I fear that this election could simply be a trip to the refrigerator for the church. They got what they wanted and now they'll go back to bed. I hope not. I hope that the church will realize that their God is strong and their mission is clear: “remember the poor”, “rescue those being led away to death", "make disciples of all the nations".
If the church stays awake and changes the world, I will rejoice and be proud of her all of my days.


Comments

I agree wholeheartedly!! The Christian voice is a powerful one. I was talking to a friend recently who told me about a time in the 90's when the government was trying to pass a bill that would make it very difficult for people to homeschool. Those in the Christian schools were also concerned about this bill. Well, word got out and mainly by word of mouth/phone (probably not e-mail) many people heard about and reacted to this possibility of lossing their right to educate their own children. The result: thousands of people called their legislators and jammed up the phone lines so that no calls could be made out. Because of this they called in the president of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association and told him they have never seen anything like this. They have never had their phone lines jammed in such a way. They asked him what he wanted, what the homeschoolers wanted- they would give it to them.

Christians can and have made a difference. The question is: Are we willing to stand up for truth or are we going to hide behind our American way and think that because we live in America we don't need to be concerned about others? Let's share our wealth. The wealth of the gospel, money, time... There is no end to what we can do if it is in God's will and we put our mind to it.

Posted by: Kristen Borseth at November 8, 2004 12:54 PM