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Timothy Griffin: Looking Up

Now What?

(Timothy Griffin)
November 7, 2012

votebutton_resized.jpgIn the days leading up to the presidential election, my thoughts were, do I vote for someone  who is morally wrong, but by his testimony, eternally right, or do I vote for someone who is morally right, but by the Bible’s testimony, eternally wrong? Truth be told, that was a decision I refused to make.

The electoral college and the majority of the people of this nation chose the former and thus, four more years of the current presidential administration. The question is what does that mean for this country?

I think the Republican Missouri senatorial candidate, Todd Akin, put it as well as it can be put in his concession speech, saying, “I also think that in the circumstances that we’ve all been through that it’s particularly appropriate to thank God who makes no mistakes and who is much wiser than we are. And so I say, to God alone be the honor and the glory, regardless of how He decides to organize history.”

Regardless of how you voted and what you think, God has spoken. Not only did God speak in the election, He is speaking today and He will be speaking tomorrow. The question is, are we, His children, listening and will we respond to His voice? Another question is will His children realize that this nation has been in trouble for a while, is in trouble now and would have been in trouble if the presidential coin flip had fallen to red instead of blue.

In the last several days, I’ve been having conversations with a few friends about God’s permissive will and God’s perfect will in our individual lives. But that conversation is appropriate for what’s going on in our politics and more importantly in our nation.

What does it say for a “Christian” nation when the democratically-chosen choices for leadership come down to a morally bankrupt Christian and a morally upright pagan? What does it say when two more states voted in support of gay marriage. What does it say when the first openly gay U.S. senator was elected to office? It says that this “Christian” nation has long ago lost its heart for its first love.

The outcome of the 2012 elections weren’t the result of the last 12-plus months of campaign speeches, debates and negative commercials. The outcome, either way, is the result of God’s permissive will based on the apathy of Christians in this country that has been in play for many decades.

What we must understand that it’s not the nation that makes itself Christian. It’s the people who are Christians that make the nation Christian. But, akin to the children of Israel who begged for a king, Christians are increasingly at odds over the choice of a person to lead them. But in the midst of the arguments, we have been ignoring the voice of our true leader for far too long. 

looking_up.jpgSo, what now? I believe this nation is a couple of inches from being brought to its knees by an angry God. The question is will the true Christians fall to their knees in enough time, intercede and cause God to raise this nation up again?

Proverbs 29:2 says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bears rule, the people mourn.” We have missed the grammar in that verse and the few preceding. We’re worried about one person being in authority, but the verse says “righteous are”.  The body of Christ is the righteous.

For many years, I’ve toyed with the idea of running for something political – to be a servant of the people. But more and more I realize, that’s the problem with politics. Politicians, saved and unsaved, are so busy being servants of the people that they are failing to be servants of God. We don’t need politicians, we need poly- Christians to come to the forefront, in business, in education, in agriculture and yes, in government. But most importantly Christians must first excel in our homes, in our churches and in our day-to-day relationships with God first and then our fellow man.

So, what now? This is our Father’s world. We are children of the King. It’s time to humble ourselves, pray and obey the voice of our true Leader.

Timothy Griffin serves as a Campus Pastor at Liberty University. The Campus Pastors Office exists to help produce students who have the highest standards of Christian conduct and Biblical principles so that they may reach people for Christ in whatever venue that the Lord may call them.