Today I thought I’d wake up to the news of a new president in the White House. A new hope for our country. But that is not the case… Obama was the president yesterday. Obama is the president today. And he will be the president tomorrow. I don’t know how that makes you feel…but in the beginning it made me a little sad. A little hopeless. A little discouraged. Because as a believer in Christ I know that our president doesn’t stand for many of the values that are true in the Bible.
And apparently neither do the people in Washington state.
Rather than voting for preserving marriage for one woman and one man we voted to “re-define” it for “human equality” to have same-sex marriage. I’m not quite sure who allowed human beings to “re-define” something God clearly ordained and called holy. Along with that we are allowing babies to be killed in the womb. Babies that should have a chance to live. Babies that should not have to suffer a merciless death because of their parents “mistakes” and “poor planning”.
And it was a little interesting going on facebook and seeing everyone’s response. Some people shared that we are headed for a destiny of despair and the future is hopeless for America. Others reminded each other that no matter who is president Jesus is still King of Kings, He has everything under control and we have nothing to fear. Some are waiting for the apocalypse to begin.
Me? I’m not too worried. My hope doesn’t lie in who was president four years anymore than it will lie in who is president in the next election because although the future of America may be in the hands of its president, my future is secure in Christ. Yesterday, today, and forever.
But in the midst of it all I have felt one thing, it’s not worry, it’s not fear… it’s conviction.
I feel convicted because I took the time to go on the street and hold signs about rejecting the bill for same-sex marriage (at least last time around)…but never in my life have I talked to anyone who is in a homosexual relationship. Never have I told them about Christ. Never did I love them the way He did and bring them to the truth.
I took the time to vote for Romney (who is pro-life) and I took the time to put a stamp on my election envelope and throw it into the mailbox… but I never took the time to talk to a girl who was considering an abortion. A teenage girl who was scared about what it would do to her future. A young woman who has no means to provide for the baby inside of her and sees no way out. Or a woman who doesn’t even bother to learn that the baby growing inside of her isn’t just some extra tissue that could be easily discarded but a human being that deserves to see the light of day.
I may have opened my ballot form, circled in all of the right things, and sent my vote in hoping it would make a difference… but at the end I feel like I did nothing at all.
I may have circled the things I value but I don’t feel like I ever stood for them. And holding a sign on a street may be good for bringing awareness, but for me that doesn’t count.
I think if Jesus was in my shoes He would’ve done more than just voted. He would have taken action.
He would find people to love. He would find a way to make the truth heard. He wouldn’t throw his ballot in the mail and then wait for the authorities to make things right.
I’m sure there is a way to reach out to the community. I’m sure there is a way to find people who need to be loved and need to know about Christ. I’m sure that the only thing that’s holding me back from learning to stand for my beliefs is nothing more than my comfort zone.
And I think what it all comes down to is this: Jesus is the hope for this country. He is the hope for our future. For our children living in a world with good, godly values instead a world of darkness.
And where is Jesus? In you and in me.
If we want hope for our country we don’t need to wait for an important person in authority to start taking a stand for what is right today, we need to pray for those people, but we need to take action. We need to be Jesus’ hands and feet to the world. We need to bring His light and His truth to all the people around us. We need our votes to count beyond election day… we need what we stand for to be heard every day.
America can get through four more years with Obama without falling… but it might not stand strong as the great nation it is much longer without Christians taking a stand for what is right.
You are God’s light to the world. You are His bearer of Good News to the hopeless. You are called to stand for Him for the truth. Don’t wait for election day to make your vote count, make it count today.
Be blessed and don’t forget to pray for Obama and all of the leaders of our country. They will need it more then ever in the next few years.
And remember… Obama doesn’t hold your future, God does.