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Dear Fellow Evangelicals — The Morning After the Election

Dear Fellow Evangelicals,

We’ve long been associated with the Republican party, something that should cause us to pause for a moment and wonder how on earth something as subversive as the gospel might wind up in association with a government political party.  Certainly, there are those among us today who believe in the basic doctrines of our Creator God, human depravity, the atoning death of Jesus the Messiah, the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, and the certainty of justice – the world made right – in the second coming of Jesus and at the same time inexplicably have fear because of Barack Obama’s election.  Friends, this is a good thing.  Since you believe that the Bible is infallible and inerrant then you cannot argue that all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

The sun came up for those who mourn last night’s election results which means that a new day has dawned.  Not a new day in which politics are being discussed.  Not a new day of humanity as though something has magically changed within us because of President-elect Obama.  I mean that God has graciously given us a new day to live, to learn from the Master, and to expand the Kingdom of God to all nations.

Some of you won’t want to hear this because you have been so wrapped up and so entrenched in the politics of this world that to step back might be an admission of addiction to control, power, and influence.  Here’s what you need to know on the heels of an election that has no doubt made some in our ranks very unhappy:

1. Salvation still belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb (Revelation 7). Barack Obama’s election did not change this.  George W. Bush’s two elections did not give the throne to God, either.

2.  There are still lots of people out there who need to repent and believe. George W. Bush didn’t convert the masses and Barack Obama won’t either.  Nor will he drive them away.  Do something about it.  A truly great world is the one in which we will dwell when Jesus returns.  Let’s start practicing as though we’re already living there.

3.  That Presidential Prayer Team that you pushed when President Bush was elected?  Obama gets it, too. We will not withhold our prayers for wisdom and blessing for President-elect Obama just because he is a Democrat.  Paul tells Timothy, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1Timothy 2:1-4).”

4.  This is an opportunity for your light to shine as you react in gracious humility to those who might feel the urge to lash out at you because you treated them poorly during past elections. Go ahead, give it a try.  We desperately need more humility if we’re ever going to evangelize the world.

Both candidates tonight were winsome and humble.  Let’s pray for them and all of us, that our character may reflect that of Jesus, even when we least feel like it

Congratulations, President-elect Obama.

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  1. November 5, 2008 at 5:10 am

    A good word, well stated. Thanks.

  2. Tom Frase
    November 5, 2008 at 9:17 am

    A sane word, indeed. No elected official or government will ever be the hope of the world. Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!

  1. November 5, 2008 at 8:07 am

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