Panic at the Christo

This is a message addressed to all Christians who have found a place of despair, hopelessness, anger, and fear following this year’s presidential election.

Today I greet you in the fashion of a man whose Christian walk has not yet been paralleled in the slightest way by my own.  Greetings, and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  My prayer is the same as his in Ephesians 1:  “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.”

What I have seen from Christians in response to Tuesday’s poll results has been disappointing to say the least.  Atrocious would be more like it, but as I write this, I pray that you would not stop reading.  I believe the following words are words of life and hope.

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Christians in the news, social media, and comments sections of news articles have been burning through the stages of grief with a fury and fervor that can only be explained by an extreme insecurity in the sovereignty of the Father.

If you’re feeling your toes getting stepped on, just bear with me.  I am covering these words in as much sensitivity as I am capable, and if my words bore the full weight of my emotions on this subject, I would have not an audience to address.  Yet, the purpose of this message is to encourage and uplift.  So, if you will extend to me the courtesy of your best patience, I believe you will find it worth your while.

Allow me to go through a few scenarios that I have seen in the last few days.

Scenario 1: 60 Million Americans are Fools!

I’ve seen this accusation tossed around with an extreme careless passion in parts of the Christian community.  The main theme that surfaces seems to be that those who voted for President Obama are ignorant, lazy, godless leeches that deserve the America they inherit in the following years.  You know what?  You may be right.  You know what else?  It doesn’t matter!

Let’s just assume that the remaining millions of people who voted for Governor Romney were the epitome of righteousness.  Let’s assume, for the sake of my amusement, that these same people are educated to capacity.  Let’s assume further that these same people are all hard workers who believe in equal opportunity without the promise of equal outcome.  (EDIT: the following sentence has been added to adequately complete the thought I was trying to form) Finally, let’s assume that each voter who voted for President Obama is a lazy, godless leech for the sake of taking this argument to its fullest reaches.

What are we to do with these assumptions in mind?  Here’s the short answer:  we keep doing what we have been charged, nay commanded, to do.  The Great Commission is still ours.

Every ballot in the 60 million strong Obamalectorate is a number.  Every number is a person, and every person has a story. We have been commanded to go into the world to preach the Gospel.  We are to make disciples of all nations – including our great United States of America.  Even if 60 million voters were the very image of godlessness and evil, we would still bear the responsibility to show and share the Gospel in its fullest.  Instead of showing the world a spirit of power, love and a sound mind, we are showing them a spirit of fear.  Fear has no place in the renewed man.  The fear that influenced the old man’s ways can only derive its power from our faithlessness in the grip of the Father on the universe He created.

Romans 13:1 says that “everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for here is no authority except that which God has established.”  Ladies and gentlemen, no matter what circumstances surround our lives here on earth, we must remain committed to the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom.  We must show love and compassion to the ignorant, the lazy, the godless, the prideful, and everyone in between.

Scenario 2: Ehrmagherd! We’rArlGhernaDi!

Another issue I’ve seen lately is that God’s judgment will surely be upon us now.  Our nation has embraced the murder of unborn children, the marriage of homosexuals, and another term of leadership by a Muslim in disguise.  Apparently, from what I have seen, God will soon destroy the United States in the manner of Sodom because of our choices.  We have nothing to hope other than perhaps we will be killed swiftly with as little pain as possible.

What are we to do with the impending wrath of God hanging over our heads like ACME’s latest model of anvils?  My answer is simple.  Stop freaking out.

That was the short answer.  Here’s the rest.  IF God has decided to pour out wrath of judgment on our country because of the votes of our fellow Americans, then we have a few things to do (no, not bend over and kiss our butts goodbye).

First, we must humble ourselves and repent. 2 Chronicles 7:14 reads, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.”

Second, we must – wait for it – share the Gospel with our fellow countrymen.  That’s right, we have to continue in our Commission to share the redemptive power of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ with those who have not yet believed.

The last thing I want to say on this topic is that if God’s wrath is coming soon and we are unable to avoid it, then what does it matter?  It should only increase the rate at which we reach out to the lost.  It should only create a sense of much needed urgency in our mission.  If fire falls from the sky and destroys the world as we know it, our hope and our future is secure, and it far outweighs any of the hardship and heartache we may encounter in the face of God’s wrath.

Scenario 3: The President is the AntiChrist.

Some of our brethren think that our president is the antichrist.  They think that he has been sent here by the devil to do his will in bringing destruction to the world and blaspheming the name of the Lord.  My attitude in this thought is again, “so what?”

I personally don’t believe that President Obama is the antichrist, but if he were it wouldn’t, or shouldn’t, make a difference.  We still have our Commission remember?  The only possible difference if this were the case, is that we may receive the honor to share in the sufferings that the fathers of our faith and the Cornerstone of our faith endured.

Conclusion

So what’s the moral of this 1400 word story?  Jesus.

We must pray that our leaders, our families, our friends, and our countrymen have something similar to Paul’s Damascus Road experience.  In Acts 9, Paul, in his zeal for God, is persecuting Christians.  He is on his way to Damascus to further his agenda when he meets Jesus.  The passage describes a light from heaven that flashed all around him accompanied by a voice that said, “Saul, Saul why do you persecute me?”  The passage goes on to say, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city, you will be told what to do.”  Paul got up, went to the city, met Ananias, regained his sight, and became a missionary to the world and concluded his life as a martyr.

Saul’s mission was to kill, jail, and flog Christians.  Yet his encounter with Jesus changed everything.  An encounter with Jesus can change everything.  Saul received a new mission and a new identity, and we must pray that our fellow men encounter Jesus in a similar way.

I am committing to pray for our leaders and our fellow countrymen in the following way and as often as possible:

“Lord, I lift my leaders and my fellow countrymen to you and pray that you would give them an encounter with your presence.  I pray that you would draw them unto yourself and allow them to see you for who you are.  Give these men and women their own Damascus Road encounter, and let them rise with a new mission and a new identity for your glory and your kingdom.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

I plan to journal these prayers on Twitter and possibly Facebook over the next several weeks.  I’d like to encourage you to do the same.  On Twitter, I will be using the hashtag #GodSaveThePresident, and if you do the same, I will be able to see those who stand in the gap with me.

If you have made it this far, I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart.  God bless.

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