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The 2016 National Election: Some Theological Underpinnings


The following are some helpful reminders as we approach this election.

1. Don’t make an idol out of the State.
I refuse to frame this election in a way that exalts one man or woman above the King of kings and Lord of lords. Christ alone is the hope for America or any other nation. God alone has the power to make America great. God alone is the source of hope and prosperity. God alone is our refuge and strength. God’s purposes and God’s people will prevail. We must not make an idol out of people or the political parties they represent.

2. It’s time to look in the mirror!
It has been said that politics is downstream of culture, and culture is downstream from the Church. We have two remarkably flawed candidates for the most powerful position on planet earth. How did this happen? It’s rather simple. Because each represent the least common denominator of the desires of the American people. They, unfortunately, are a mirror image of our “collective selves” as Americans. When the people had a choice between Jesus, the sinless Son of God, and Barabbas, a hardened, vile criminal (Mt. 27:17), they sided with the “candidate” with whom they felt most comfortable – the scoundrel. The sad truth is the candidates we have are the ones who most accurately reflect the soul of our nation.

3. We must own the problem.
We are witnessing the fruit of a very long pattern of civil disengagement by those who profess to be followers of Jesus. As Christ’s Church, the ones called to be the salt and light in the culture, we have failed in reaching lost people and discipling them to think, act and lead, like Jesus in our culture. This is why we have lost our influence in the larger culture and why we have no good options to choose from in this election cycle. Our disengagement from public life has created a tremendous vacuum that is currently being filled with those who are passionate about their vision for America.

4. We have a much larger problem on our hands.

This distasteful election is merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg. We are a nation that has abandoned God and we are now reaping what we have sown. God says, “If you abandon me, I will abandon you (2 Chr. 15:2).” We are essentially “on our own” right now as a nation. We are getting the leaders we deserve. We are eating the fruit of a nation that has for decades rejected God from our public affairs. Chaos, contention, corruption and confusion abound. We must repent and turn away from our many sins. We must return to the Lord. Our fear of the Lord and His righteous judgment should be much greater than our fear of either candidate being elected into office.

In my next blog I’ll address some principles for the polling booth.

  1. carl novetske
    October 31st, 2016 at 14:45 | #1

    Dr. Ron, you have pin pointed the very issues that have led America to this point. We, as God’s people must wake up and take a stand for our country and most importantly, our children and grandchildren. Our time on this earth is but a fleeting moment of time, they are the ones who “inherit” the earth we have left them. My prayer and hope is that every parent will take their eyes off their own selves and realize that their children will have to contend with the secular culture that we leave them. Yet there is hope..”if My people will pray and turn from their evil ways…I will hear their prayer and heal their land…” Truly, only our God can change men’s hearts and save our country for His glory.

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