Written by Jim Daily, President and chief executive officer of Focus on the Family:
The election is over, and I sense there’s something of a gloomy spirit in many conservative corners of the country this morning. Analysts and pundits, and even the candidates themselves, billed this year’s contest as a crossroads of great consequence. They were right. As many Christians who see the confluence of our faith and the many issues of culture, we poured our hearts and souls into this year’s election.We donated our time and gave of our treasure. We made phone calls. We helped to register and educate new voters. We prayed.
Now tell me, isn’t that sad? They “poured their hearts and souls out” they gave of their “treasure”. Not to see souls saved, but for a lousy election! God help us…no wonder the Church is in such a mess.
Let us continue this sad funeral dirge,
In casting a vote for President Obama or his challenger, Governor Mitt Romney, Americans were either affirming or rejecting a very specific governing philosophy. Of equal importance, we were also passing judgment on the respective candidate’s ideology concerning some of the critical issues of our day.
So now the electorate has spoken.
President Obama has won the Electoral College with a comfortable margin, but only by a slim margin in the popular vote. The long campaign is finally over.
But here is a fact, the most important calling of my life – and yours – continues.
Oh good, he’s going to tell us he realizes what a fool he’s been and has now come to his senses!
It may feel like everything has changed and that the way forward has been dashed. But the reality is quite the opposite.
That’s because the greatest challenges facing the family still rage red hot. Our hands and our hearts are needed more than ever before in our nation’s history.
Awhile back I asked former President George W. Bush to identify the most significant threat to the United States of America. I thought he would say it was terrorism. He answered immediately and without equivocation.
The deterioration of the family.
He’s absolutely correct and this is where our work needs to focus now.
Helping marriages, parents and introducing people to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Well, sort of, even though the Gospel and Jesus Christ is listed at the end.
But lets continue,
And so while elections have major consequences, one thing remains crystal clear to me as the sun rises on a new day.
It’s time to rededicate ourselves to the mission of the moment: to rebuild the American family and renew our hope in the God in whose hands we rest, “safe and secure from all alarm.”
It’s time to continue our effort to make sure that every person, however small, is protected under law. It’s time to again remind those who support abortion that life is the better choice! It’s time to recommit ourselves to championing adoption and reforming a broken foster care system. It’s time to be bold and stand stiffly into the wind of popular culture and point to the extraordinary benefits of children being raised in homes with one mom and one dad.
Simply put, it’s time to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Its strange the mention of introducing people to the Gospel of Jesus Christ didn’t make the ‘cut’ in the list of things to do in order to be the hands and feet of Jesus,
The Lord told his followers, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Yes, every election is the equivalent of a fork in the road, a time of choosing when the country’s citizens express their voice in the form of a vote. That President Obama has won re-election comes as a source of great disappointment to many because of his campaign to support abortion and same sex marriage. These are policies which many know are contrary to scripture and weaken the family.
A fair-minded person will also acknowledge and admit that any time their candidate loses the news can come as a blow. But there is also divine opportunity seeded in the reality of setback.
I believe the coming days, weeks and months could very well be one of the modern-day Church’s finest hours. This is no time to name call; there is no place for pettiness as we begin to count the consequences of the 2012 campaign.
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Frankly, I can’t take anymore of this pity party/funeral dirge. Guess my point in posting this is to say its evident these folks haven’t learned anything. They’ll lick their wounds and then pick themselves up so as to once again “pour” their “hearts and souls” and spend their “treasure” over the next four years, in the attempt to get their newest candidate…whoever he is, elected in 2016. All the while believing they are being the “hands and feet” of Jesus.
But I ask again, isn’t that sad?