Julia K. Stronks
November 7, 2012
Good thoughts, Julia.
While there may be some Christians disappointed with the presidential election results they should keep in mind that there are other Christians celebrating those results, and it is not ungodly to do so. Both positions can honor our Savior.
I don't know that it is what we did, or who we voted for during this election that was the most important thing as far as our Christianity goes...but it is why we did it.
God looks into our heart and wants more than anything to see why we did what we did...whether others say it was right or wrong.
Nice piece but I'm wondering what exactly this clause "the other side won..." means. Is Julia a Mormon?
Wondering why you would say that? What we lost this election is the protection of the first and second amendment, the hope of bringing sanity to abortion, particularly late term abortion, financial common sense and an end to a secretive government. None of those are, as far as I know, are Mormon distinctives. From a Christian perspective, I would suggest that there is little difference in the distance between orthodox Christianity and black liberation theology and the distance between orthodox Christianity and Mormonism. Neither are based on the teaching of the Bible. Nontheless, there was a much greater chance of Biblical morality being excercised by the Mormon, as their Morals are not contrary to Biblical principles.
I'm not going to argue the political particulars here (as it seems inappropriate both to this post and forum), but I would like you to re-read and prayerfully consider TimF's initial comment.
Paul, I think the point of Ms. Stronks' article is clear: "we" didn't lose anything, because what we as Christians own transcends political and moral grounds.
Now, regarding your points surrounding the rights and liberties that may be sacrificed, I'd contend that the Republican platform is no more aligned with Christian principles as the Democrat, Green, Libertarian, nor Justice parties. Each has a distinct, secular mandate that is necessary to uphold as part of the First Amendment, and I'm frankly quite glad that it's maintained as such. Theocracies aren't all too well-known for their human rights record...
As a member of the CRC, I trust there are still people out there who believe God's will was accomplished in this election. (And not necessarily the will of "mankind" whatever that is defined as). In the same vein of thought, the result(s) of the two previous U.S. presidential elections could also be considered as God's will for our nation. (Or perhaps God's judgement against our nation?). Calvinists should take comfort in the fact direct frontal assaults against the Biblical, confessional, and doctrinal positions of evangelical congregations will be far less prevalent in a Trump administration as opposed to the promised efforts of the other alternative.
None of the grief that I feel is about party versus party.
What has knocked me silly has been the realization that white supremacy and patriarchy, religious bigotry and fearful rejection of the personhood of LGBTQ Americans--that these are so common.
So many religious institutions in my country have revealed themselves to be bastions of Empire.
I grieve for an America that has apparently never existed.
Perhaps white, straight Christian America needs this wakeup call. To see the world as it is. As our black and brown brothers and sisters have for so long experienced. To see what has been obvious to our LGBTQ family and friends. To recognize the world of the immigrant and the refugee.
I urge those who follow Christ to step away from the false call to unity with oppressors into the path the Savior walks in front of us: love the stranger. Aid the needy. Identify with the marginalized, the disenfranchised, the imprisoned, the oppressed. Jesus told us that is where we will find him.
Even if your candidate didn't win...
God, now and always, calls us to work together for the common good, to welcome people of all races, ages, abilities, perspectives, etc., and to find ways to work together to extend to each other (across the whole human family) the abundance of a forgiving and merciful God.
No matter who is in charge of our governments, we are charged with loving God and loving neighbor. First and foremost we are called to be loyal to the reign of God.
J. Royle, author of Book of 70 Prayers - http://amzn.to/2fmldAb
The date of Dr. Stronk's article is 2012, after Obama won his second term. We are commenting as if it were written in 2016.
Am I missing something?
In Reply to John Lowe (comment #29837)
We leave our comment threads open on most of our articles, John. In this case, the post is still pertinent because Julia's points apply no matter who is in office.
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