In part 1, I wrote about why we as Christians must have a spiritual and eternal perspective on this election. I also offered up a prayer for the future of this nation. In this part, I will explain why our individual fates as Christians aren’t tied to the fate of the nation. I will also give my reasons for why I remain hopeful, and what we must do to change the course we’re on.
We’ve been down this road before. We’ve had dishonest, corrupt, and incompetent presidents in the past. This isn’t the end of the world because the Bible says only the Father knows when the world will end.
The Church has long taught that there is only one Savior and Messiah, and His name is Jesus. Yes, we should do everything we can to elect the most qualified person for the presidency, but we have to accept when our efforts fail. For conservatives, this time around we didn’t even make it to the general, our efforts failed when all of the conservative candidates lost the primaries and we were left with a liberal who pretended to be a conservative.
For the past few months we’ve been hearing evangelical leaders tell us this is the most important election in our lifetimes, but when haven’t they said that? I remember hearing that often in 2008 and 2012, and we’re still here, aren’t we? The results of each presidential election are only as consequential as we as a nation allow them to be. If we get involved in our communities and political parties on a local level, we can collectively resist the big government agenda Hillary will no doubt attempt to implement.
To my fellow Christians: Did you really believe America would continue to be blessed by God after all we’ve done to offend Him these past 40-50 years? Conservative politicians often remark about how He’s blessed this country ever since we were founded, and they’re right. But that blessing was based on our citizens following the teachings of Jesus from the Bible and putting God and others before themselves. That has changed over time, and our moral disintegration became particularly acute starting in the 1960s with the advent of the sexual revolution, which was followed by the legalization of abortion, and no-fault divorce.
If you truly believe that God rewarded us as a nation for staying faithful to Him and leading moral lives in the past, then you must also believe that He must punish us for straying from that path and giving in to our inner demons and the temptations provided by technology and secular society as a whole. There are countless examples of things we now do and permit as a society that we never would’ve dreamed of in the past, and I believe the biggest one is abortion.
Our God is all-merciful, but He is also all-just, and justice demands that as a nation we are collectively punished for the sins of those involved in getting abortions, carrying them out, and supporting people and organizations who profited off of them. The blood of those innocent lives cries out to God for vengeance, just as it did thousands of years ago, when Herod killed the innocent first-born males in his attempt to kill the Messiah he so feared. What form will that punishment come in? None of us can know for certain. It could be a disastrous 4-8 years of a Hillary presidency, or it could be something far worse later on down the road.
Either way, God never promised us He would bless us forever. God made a covenant with the Israelites. He would bless and protect them, as long as they remained faithful to Him and worshiped Him as the one true God. But they broke that covenant, and so God had to punish them. It was only after they repented of their sins and idolatry did God help them find the Promised Land. The same is true for our country. The stain of our collective sins, particularly abortion, is covering us. We can only wash it off and have a clean slate if we repent of our sins both collectively as a nation and individually. Only then can we expect to receive God’s blessings.
That being said, I refuse to give into the cynicism and negativity I see some of my fellow conservatives falling victim to. Hillary’s election doesn’t guarantee our country will be destroyed. I have little doubt she’ll be a status quo president at best and a disastrous one at worst, who will attempt to push some far-left policies that will be doomed to fail. But we’ve overcome such things before, even worse, in fact. Instead of complaining about how bad things might be, we need to roll up our sleeves and get to work on rebuilding the conservative movement, and hopefully we’ll have new leaders to help us.
No matter what she does as president, the fate of the country isn’t in Hillary’s hands, it’s in ours. We can either adopt a victim mentality, or we can be hopeful, eager, and willing to do our part to ensure that we pave the path for another Reagan to arise from the ashes of a second Carter presidency.
So starting on election night and continuing from then until the next election cycle, I will try to be a source of hope and encouragement for my fellow conservatives, and I hope others make this their goal as well. There are too many people engaging in fear-mongering, and talking about doom and gloom. These were the same people who predicted the downfall of America after Obama was elected both times, and yet here we are. We had a chance to beat the Democrats this year, if only we had a competent and decent nominee who represented our values and beliefs, we might’ve had a different result.
If you’ve given into cynicism and despair and want to spread it to the rest of us like a virus, I suggest you take that attitude elsewhere, because misery loves company, and I’m not in the business of being miserable just because an election didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. Yes, it’s natural to feel angry and depressed for a while after watching conservatism fail at the ballot box time and time again, but we can’t let those emotions consume us or define us. Rather, we should use them to motivate us to work hard to produce a different result in the future.
For my part, I will only be focusing on positive and uplifting things on election night and beyond. Why? Because God is still in control, and His plans for our lives haven’t changed one bit. Kingdoms may fall and mountains may crumble, but God’s love for us will remain as strong and as bright as ever. It will light the way for us into the future, even during the darkest moments of our lives, and it will do so for the nation as well, if we let it.
Previous generations overcame a deep economic depression, starvation, a Civil War, two World Wars, presidents being assassinated, civil rights battles, and more, and we can’t overcome four years of an incompetent liberal like Hillary? She’s failed at everything she’s done since she first stepped into the public spotlight, whether that was HillaryCare, getting little to nothing done as a senator, or having a disastrous time as Secretary of State.
She’ll no doubt attempt to govern as a progressive on many issues, but her presidency will likely be a failed one, because progressive policies have failed every time they’ve been tried. That should give us hope, because it will create an ideal political climate for a conservative to win in 2020, but only if we do the hard work of rebuilding the conservative movement, and building bridges to groups and communities who have never supported conservatives before, and have never been reached out to.
America isn’t dead yet, but she will be if we allow the voices of cynicism and despair to bring us down with them and give up on our fellow citizens. We must tune them out, and put our trust and faith not in any politician, but in God alone, who is the source of all strength and wisdom. We’ve just been knocked out politically, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is if we get back up, learn from our mistakes, and keep fighting the good fight, because if we don’t do it, no one will. I know what I’ll be doing in the next four years. Who’s with me?