Election Night 2008

Just in case you’ve been asleep for the past four hours, I will let you in on the news: Barack Hussein Obama will be the 44th President of the United States. There are some who are telling me that I should be happy about this. Let me explain why I am not.

I am a Republican. I have chosen this party because (among other things) I believe that I, not the government, know best how to spend the money I earn. I believe that every person has the right to life from conception to natural death. I believe that abortion and euthanasia are murder and should be illegal. I believe that terrorists cannot be bargained with, and should not be appeased. The children’s book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” explains very clearly my reasons for this belief: they will ask for a glass of milk, and it will never stop. The reasons why I am a Republican go on and on.

Democrats believe very differently from what I have outlined here. It is naïve in the extreme for anyone to think that I would be happy about the fact that we will have a Democrat President for the next four years, or that for at least the next two years, the Democrats control both the House and the Senate. I believe that they are going to institute policies and laws that go against the very fiber of my being. Economically, socially, morally, constitutionally, and in other ways, I disagree with Mr. Obama. As an American, I weep for our country. As a Christian, I hold my head high in my faith that God knows what He is doing, and He is carrying out His plan on this world.

Has God abandoned me? No. Do we live in a Christian nation? Not really, but does that matter? Paul never lived in a Christian country. When Christians are in charge of the government, history has shown that they become complacent and lose their focus. As followers of Jesus Christ, we should be excited for the “change” that is coming to our country, because the Bible says, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” I Corinthians 7:29-34 speaks of the problems of having your interests divided. Perhaps it is better for believers to have some persecution or opposition. If you think everything is going to be good because there is a Republican in the White House, you are deluded. If you think the opposite, you are equally deluded. I believe that history has also shown that the times of the greatest persecution of the Church parallel the times of greatest growth.

Will I stop campaigning for a return to godly morals and values in our country? No. In the mean time, I have to deal with my Democrat co-workers in a spirit of love and humility, hoping that they too can come to see the truth. Until then, I continue to wait on my Creator and Redeemer.

God is on His throne, and all is right with the world.

Even so, come Lord Jesus.


About Steve Picray

I am a conservative Baptist Pastor in the midwestern United States. Every day I commit my life to Jesus Christ. This blog is my view on life. My prayer is that, by reading what I write, you will learn more about me, more about God, and be assisted in becoming the person God means for you to be. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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