Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | November 16, 2012

The Election is History, What Next? by David Bower

A Disobedient Nation

What is the Christ honoring Christian perspective after the recent election? There are many Christians who are disappointed with the outcome of the November 7th election and are wondering where we go from here.

In my last blog, “The Election,” I emphasized certain Biblical realities that I felt were important and were being all too often overlooked. The single most significant reality was God’s hand in selecting the President of the United States.

The outcome of the election of November 7, 2012 was foreknown to God and precisely reflected His will in the composition of our national leadership. Although many Christians were disappointed by the outcome, God, in His infinite wisdom and knowledge, was neither disappointed nor surprised by the outcome but was, in fact, continuing to work all things after the counsel of His own will.

This recent election is nothing more than a symptom of the change that has happened to this nation. This change has been over a hundred years in the making and we are just watching the maturation of the fruit of this change.

Israel was in a similar position when Jeremiah was pleading God’s cause to a nation that had turned its back on God. History shows that after a certain period of time God’s patience can be exhausted with a nation. In Jeremiah 15:1-2 the LORD tells Jeremiah, “Then the LORD said to me: “Even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before me, my heart would not go out to this people. Send them away from my presence! Let them go! And if they ask you, ‘Where shall we go?’ tell them, ‘This is what the LORD says: “‘Those destined for death, to death; those for the sword, to the sword; those for starvation, to starvation; those for captivity, to captivity.'”

None need ask what the LORD really thought about Israel at that point; it was very clear that the LORD’s hand of judgment had fallen on that disobedient nation. Is the United States now at that point? I don’t know but I suspect that may be the case; there are a growing number of signs around the nation that would suggest we are there.  

What About Christians?

We, as Christians, are commanded by God to practice and exhibit in our lives certain characteristics that are given to us for our own benefit. The first is the life of faith; it was by grace through faith that we were saved and it is by grace through faith that we should live all our lives.

The Bible makes it clear that whatsoever is not of faith is sin; the Bible also makes it clear that without faith it is impossible to please Him. Another point the Bible is very clear on is that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. If we need help determining the proper Christian perspective on anything we go to the Bible for guidance. Our lives come with a lifetime of assembly required and we ignore the manufacturer’s assembly instructions at our own peril. 

It is often a great temptation to try and understand what has happened and why it happened some particular way. I am all too often guilty of that and whereas it may on occasion seem to work, on many of the most important occasions in life there are no clear answers. This is why Proverbs 3:5-6 is so important to me, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Another command is found in Philippians 4:4 where we read, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Every day of our life is part of always and is a time to rejoice in the Lord; there is no time that we should not be rejoicing in the Lord. Circumstances will change for the better or worse but the Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

The above is only a sampling of those things that should characterize our lives; the Bible is filled with examples. A brief summary would indicate the Christian should be living by faith, trusting in the Lord, and rejoicing in Him always.

The Lord desires the very best for His children and has provided the means whereby we might enjoy a maximized life as His children. The pattern for the Christian is the Spirit filled life which manifests the fruit of the Spirit as described in Galatians 5:22-25, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Who could ask for anything more?

Next we will consider what the future may hold.

(Post script – The situation in Israel seems to be taking a turn toward increased hostilities; this may be the time to keep your eyes on developments there.)


Responses

  1. Dear David,

    Thank you so very much for your perspective. It is indeed what I expected, although your thoughts are always so orderly and precise that I find them easy to understand and retain so I wanted this wisdom in your words. I attend a ladies prayer meeting every Wednesday morning led by Betty Taylor, a most godly Bible teacher and prayer warrior, and her comment to each of us ladies as we entered the home that morning was your Phil. 4:4 quote. Not at all strange that two of my most godly friend’s minds were planted in the same scripture!

    I think I get your bottom line. For me as a Christian, nothing changed! Just keep on contending for the faith and trust our Great God for everything else. I get it!

    Thank you David! I have sent your blog to my kids and a few other people. I’m also going to forward it to my Bible study class in case there are some in there who don’t read it.

    As for Israel, I read Joel Rosenberg’s blog daily so I am up to speed on the issue, and I should add, in sorrow and in much prayer.

    Please say hello to Adele for me. Sending love to both of you….Elaine

    Sent from my iPad

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    • Elaine:

      Thank you, you are always such an encouragement to me! It was your suggestion that was the catalyst for this blog anyway. I intend, God willing, to publish the conclusion to this blog next week and have wondered how much things will have changed in the world by the time it is scheduled to be published. I am truly comforted by the knowledge that all of that is in the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ.

      We live in interesting times, do we not?

      David

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  2. THANK YOU !!! this is the most comfort and assurance I have had re: the election….  wonderful Godly view of a sad sad world…… I am enjoying and appreciate your sharing your teachings with me, out here in California…We are not the bible belt for sure,…. God Bless you in your work…  

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    • Virginia:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, I appreciate your kind words and hope you have a day filled with the joy of the Lord. California may not be the Bible belt but it sure contains a lot of God’s children.

      David

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