Reformed Baptist Fellowship

Therapy for Post-Election Blues

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on November 14, 2008 at 6:48 pm

So, you’re discouraged and downcast about the outcome of the presidential election?  You’d hoped for better.  You’re concerned that we’ve taken a huge step backwards on such crucially important morality issues like abortion, homosexuality, and stem cell research.  You fear our nation is culturally slipping into a season of ethical darkness.  You’re tempted to think that evil has somehow snuck up into the heavenly throne-room, seized, gagged, and bound God in a celestial corner, while unchecked wickedness will now trash history for a four-year term.  You may feel the onset of spiritual depression.

Don’t go there.  The children of God have every reason to rejoice in their Father’s undisturbed and sovereign reigning over the events of the November election.  The Bible is clear.  The decision was ultimately the LORD’s.  “For not from the east, nor from the west, nor from the desert comes exaltation; but God is the Judge; He puts down one, and exalts another” (Psalm 75:6-7).  We ought to hold to the deep conviction that Barack Obama is God’s man for the Whitehouse.

The carpenter holds his power drill.  He’s finished with the drill bit for boring holes.  He removes and puts down the boring bit, passes by the screw-driver bit, then selects and inserts the sanding bit.  He has purposeful and important work to do.  Likewise, the Lord has put down Bush/Cheney, passed by McCain/Palin, and exalted Obama/Biden.  He has work to do.

Maybe the church in America needs a serious sanding down of unspiritual rough edges that have arisen over many years of pampering prosperity.  Maybe God’s people need to be placed in the fire in order to get rid of a careless lukewarmness.  Maybe the worsening of evil in American society will enable the gospel to grip with an even better traction.

Commenting on Romans 8:28, and the fact that God always “causes all things to work together for good to those who love God”, Octavius Winslow (Evening Thoughts) writes: “In God there is no evil, though at times it would appear He places Himself in an attitude of hostility toward believers, to stand in their path as with a drawn sword in His hand. . . Yet the darkest seasons of the church’s history have ever been those from which her brightest luster and shine has arisen, and those most threatening events have somehow conspired to the highest good and best welfare of the church.”

This is no time for God’s people to be depressed.  The Carpenter from Nazareth is now at the Right Hand on High, and is busily building his church.  “The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice; Let the many islands be glad. . . Be glad in the LORD, you righteous ones; And give thanks to His holy name” (Psalm 97:1, 12).

Let’s go out into our Father’s garden every morning, with our hoes swung over our shoulders, joyously whistling the old sweet song, “This is my Father’s world, O let me ne’er forget, that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.”

Mark Chanski

  1. Great post! Thank you.

    As a Zambian it was hard for me not to get swept up in the euphoria surrounding the passing of this milestone in the USA’s political history. But despite (or because of) being a member of a Reformed Baptist Church, I have had some hard conversations with some of my fellow Christians. One sister in Christ (she has an American passport) would never have voted for a Democratic Party candidate no matter the circumstances. According to her, the invasion of Iraq was right whatever the premise or manner or consequences, and for her, the Democratic party is all about abortion, welfare and gay rights.

    A few days before the election, a Christian missionary friend from the USA, who has lived here for more than 30 years, said America was on the verge on voting in a Muslim. I honestly could not engage with him because I felt I didn’t want just to use the Democrats’ talking points about Obama’s (claimed) Christian faith, since I am not at all sure about his standing in Christ. What I do find amazing is that neither his primary nor his general election rivals nor their supporters were willing to concede that Barack Obama’s campaign seemed, at least from where I sit, strenuously to have tried to take the high road on political tactics. He seemed gracious and accommodating even in the face of naked dishonesty and misrepresentation on the part of both of his major opponents.

    And I have heard of very few Christians willing to take positive lessons from the quality of his campaign, his inspiring of hope in ordinary people and his well-deserved victory. One Christian blogger has already calculated, over the length of Obama’s term, the number of babies whose lives will be terminated before they are born, without acknowledging in the slightest that even if Sen McCain had been voted in, this carnage would have continued albeit (perhaps) at a slower clip.

    Will no-one in the Christian world admit to the excesses of the Bush years and the damage they have caused? The lives lost unnecessarily in Iraq, the rise in corruption (quite a bit of it in Iraq), the damage to the USA’s economy inflicted by Republican policies (as they stand) or their faulty implementation, etc.

    I heartily agree with Mark Chanski’s post, and will, with much relief, consider sending it (or its URL) to many of my Christian brethren. I will also pray that God restrains Barack Obama’s administration from carrying out any evil acts or passing bad laws or repealing good ones; that He will save those members of the new government that He wills and help Mr Obama to restore America’s moral and Christian leadership in the world.

  2. I Believe that is a word in season… thanks! Although I am living in the UK, I was depressed for the States and for the World for that matter, the out come seems unfavorable – but like you said, God is in charge. There is no need for us to fear, He always works everything to His own Glory and for the Good of those who love Him… even as the saints bled in Rome right to the present day even now we know that it is for His Glory and for our ETERNAL good.
    Thanks for your encouraging words

    In Christ
    Mathew Percy

  3. You’re kidding right? Don’t be so naive. They are all immoral reprobates and John McCain supports abortion, stem cell and every other sin in the book. None of them are godly and Jesus does not love the Repuplican party.

  4. Chris Lee,

    FYI from Mark Chanski’s companion sermon to this blog:-

    “Realize like it says in Psalm 27:13 “I would have fainted had I not considered I would yet see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”. And think back to ’92 and the election of Mr Clinton. What happened by ’94? There was a Conservative Revolution and a Contract With America and the tide so strikingly turned and just, just, let us trust in God’s goodness and delight in it.”

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