(This one is especially for Jessica, but I doubt that she’s the only one out there thinking the same thoughts.)
”Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)
Hi, Jessica! I saw your blog post about the recent election, so I decided to share some thoughts with you from my own thinking and experience.
I remember when Bill Clinton was running for president for the first time. When the Gennifer Flowers allegations came to light, I was certain that he was through. Instead, he became president. On top of that, I knew of Christians who voted for him, because they were angry and felt betrayed by George H.W. Bush’s broken promise when he said “Read my lips: No New Taxes!”
And I remember the day after Election Day, when we heard the news that he had been elected. We were eating breakfast together before heading off to school, and my father spoke to us about the election. He reminded us that Bill Clinton would now really be the president, that this was God’s will, and we needed to honor and respect him as such. My father knew that there would be many shocked Christians at our school, and that they would not be temperate with their words.
Well, he was right. There were many jokes and cracks at the president-elect. Eventually, I got fed up. On a break, I went to the chalk board that was at the front of the room and wrote, “Bill Clinton: God’s choice for America.”
Yeah…. I had a somewhat tense conversation with one of the teachers as a result of this.
In other words, I’ve been here before. So, I understand the sentiment that you express below:
I must say truthfully that I never thought that Obama would actually win. I proudly voted for McCain and I was sure he would win, hands down. I convinced myself that the people of this country would never, knowingly, vote for a man who upholds everything that we, as Christians are so vehemently against. I am very sadly dissapointed.
What I am at a complete loss to understand is HOW the people of this nation could actually vote for a man that stands for so many horrible and wicked things? Do they not even flinch when he says that mothers have the right to kill their babies? Do their consciences’ not scream “MURDER!”?
I understand this sentiment, but I have come to understand better.
Here are a couple of links to Twitter logs: the_meghatron and joshroby. These are folks who I’d consider to be colleagues. As in, they fall in that odd grey zone of “people that I know, have eaten with, and correspond with, but aren’t in my inner circle”. Read over the political comments, especially the ones about Obama and about Proposition 8. It’s a different world, isn’t it?
(BTW, Josh and Meghan, if you’re reading this, hi! Glad to hear the news about Squish!)
I remember the first time that I encountered someone who thought that being gay was okay. I was at a symposium organized by the Erie County Department of Health which was going to be discussing different ways of getting a handle on teen pregnancy. The Women’s Care Center was involved in getting the event set up, because there was going to be a major push for abstinence-based education. Anyways, all segments of society were there: government leaders, social workers, local media personalities, and high school students. That’s where I came in, representing the teens.
But it was one of my peers who blew me away. We were in a breakout session, where we were supposed to be brainstorming about some problem, another of the teens started talking about one of her friends in school who had killed himself because he was gay. She thought that an important component of a curriculum was something to take care of the gay teens. I stared at her in disbelief. I mean, only wacko fringe lunatics thought that homosexuality is okay. Right?
But no. When we returned to the full session, each breakout group was supposed to present their conclusions. The young woman presented our group’s conclusions, including her story about her friend. The room erupted in applause as she called for the normalization of homosexuality.
My life experience has provided me with plenty of opportunity for me to repeat this experience. If I’m not around Christians, then I find myself in the minority on these things. As an example, check out this thread from a few years ago where I waded in where angels fear to tread. Now, here’s the point. The vast majority of the commenters in that thread supported gay marriage. In that context, they weren’t the lunatic fringe. I was the lunatic fringe.
And that’s exactly where we are in America. You are the lunatic fringe. “Normal Americans wanted Obama.
Yes, that means gay marriage. Yes, that means abortion. Yes, that means socialism and being against Christianity and all that. That’s what it means to be an American.
It sounds like this election was a wake-up call for you, just like that symposium was a wake-up call for me. You said, “What I am at a complete loss to understand is HOW the people of this nation could actually vote for a man that stands for so many horrible and wicked things?” That’s because you thought you were living in a different nation than the one where you actually live. America proudly stands for “horrible and wicked things”. That’s not a Democratic thing. That’s not a Republican thing. It’s what we are as a nation.
You said, “Rampant abortion, sodomy, complete government control…that was Rome. And I’m afraid that that is soon to be America too.” Nope. That is America now.
Pause for a minute and consider this.
Now, you also called the United States your “beloved country”. In light of everything I’ve said, why in the world do you love this country? Is it because she is a Christian nation? Is it because she is a nation that is dedicated to freedom? We can debate if those things were ever true, but they are not true now. So, why do you love this country?
A few weeks ago, we were driving to church, and I put on my favorite Rich Mullins album A Liturgy, A Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band, which is an album about being a Christian in America. The first song is entitled “Here In America”.
Saints and children we have gathered here to hear the sacred story
And I’m glad to bring it to you with my best rhyming and rhythm
‘Cause I know the thirsty listen and down to the waters come
And the Holy King of Israel loves me here in America
My daughter was aghast. True, she misheard some of the lyrics, but she was offended that someone would be singing about America. So I had to correct her.
I love America. I love this country. This is the land where I was born and, God willing, it will be the land where I will die. I know people who have emigrated from this nation because of what it’s becoming. That’s not for me. I want to live an American life, die an American death, and be buried in American soil. This is my home, and I love her fiercely.
I love America. I love America even though she slaughters its babies and embraces sexual perversion and conquers other nations under the flag of democracy. I love America because God put me in America and bade me love her. “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:7)
And God wants you to love America, too. But He doesn’t want you to love America because it’s a great nation. He wants you to love America because it is filthy and filled with sin. That’s how He loves us, right? So go and do likewise.
America is in decline. But what America needs is not a Republican resurgence. Honestly, the Republicans have held the White House for most of my life, and I don’t see the amazing fruit of their work. No, what America needs are Christians who are devoted enough to take a stand for Jesus against their country. What America needs are Christians who are patriotic enough to refuse to bow down to her idols. What America needs are Christians who love America so much that they are willing to be killed by America before compromising the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
When I think about these issues, I think about a Thoreau quote that I came across once:
The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies. They are the standing army, and the militia, jailers, constables, posse comitatus, etc. In most cases there is no free exercise whatever of the judgment or of the moral sense; but they put themselves on a level with wood and earth and stones; and wooden men can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purpose as well. Such command no more respect than men of straw or a lump of dirt. They have the same sort of worth only as horses and dogs. Yet such as these even are commonly esteemed good citizens. Others, as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and office-holders, serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as they rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve the devil, without intending it, as God. A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men, serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it.–Henry Thoreau, Civil Disobedience (emphasis added)
Do you love America enough to resist her? Do you love America enough to be numbered among her enemies? Do you love America enough to suffer for her at her own hands?
Or, perhaps, this would be better.
Do you love Jesus enough to resist America?
Do you love Jesus enough to be numbered among America’s enemies?
Do you love Jesus enough to suffer for Him at American hands?
I hope so. There aren’t many of us out here on the lunatic fringe, and we need all the help we can get.
Your brother in Christ,