Many Christians have expressed dismay over the results of the last election. The stark reality is that the majority of the American electorate have gone over the cliff of liberalism. These exit poll data strengthens this majority worldview: 1
|% Voted for Obama||% Voted for Romney|
|Attend church weekly||37||61|
|Never attend church||62||34|
|Protestant or other Christian||42||57|
|Abortion should be illegal||21||77|
|Same-sex marriage should be legalized||73||25|
|18-29 years old||60||37|
|65 years old or over||44||56|
What the American conservative faces in the future is that the liberals in the majority will never vote for a conservative party. So if the Republican Party wants to avoid extinction, it has to join the liberal bandwagon. Unless, of course, there is a wake-up call, like a big disaster. Man hasn’t changed an iota since the days of the Judges, when Israel would only return to God when faced with a disaster.
The same exit polls showed what the voters’ greatest concern is: 60 percent said it’s the economy. No concern for the moral decline of the nation. The last two lines show this decline in moral values: the younger the voter, the more liberal he/she is.
Rick Phillips summarizes the defeat of the conservative political agenda:
There is a concern that was made glaring during the election, however, for which Christians should feel dismay and alarm. I refer to the blatant debasing of the nation’s moral consciousness when it comes to personal dignity, sexuality, sobriety, marriage, and the family. It was grievous to witness a political party set forth a clear social agenda centered on the availability of abortion, the advancement of liberty for sexual sin, homosexual marriage, the legalization of narcotic drugs, and government intolerance for religious freedom. To then see this agenda lifted up in triumph over the American electorate is to witness the defeat of the conservative Christian political agenda and to tremble over the future of our morally libertine society.
How then do we as Christians react to this reality that the elections just confirmed? Phillips says that evangelical political activism in the last several decades has been proven infeasible in changing the moral course of the country.
For many conservative Christians, the electoral defeat of 2012 will urge a reevaluation of political strategy. The problem with this approach is that the moral degeneracy of America did not happen in the voting booth but in the living room, the classroom, and the marketplace. I would urge that alarm over the moral catastrophe of this recent election should be expressed not in the Christian political posture but in the way actual Christians relate to the culture and to non-Christian people we know.
He then offers “Five Christian Responses to the 2012 Election”:
First, Make an increased effort to get to know your non-Christian neighbor and co-worker. “So get to know people personally, let them see the way you interact with your spouse and children, show kindness, concern and love to them, and by your good works glorify God in their sight.”
Second, Refuse to compromise on Christians standards even at the cost of persecution. ”Christian pulpits must speak with a bold prophetic voice as to the moral consequences of a degenerate America, even at the risk of imprisonment for ‘hate speech.’ In short, if we want America to take Christian truth seriously, we must take a costly stand for Christian truth and morality in a way with which the world will have to reckon.”
Third, Speak more pointedly to the true moral and spiritual issues at work destroying America. “Point out the goodness of God as he forgives our sins in Christ and blesses those who walk in his ways. Be willing to receive scorn for these statements, but present reasonable arguments without anger or venom, trusting God to awaken the sleeping conscience in the hearts of people you know.”
Fourth, Begin making a serious commitment to pray for the Church and for America. ”When Christians begin flocking to the prayer meeting and begin pouring out earnest pleas for God’s grace, we then may look for more success in both evangelism and the culture war.”
Fifth, Recommit yourself as a witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. “Our churches must respond to growing immorality not by preaching politics but by preaching Jesus. We must lift up the crucified Christ who gives forgiveness for sin, the resurrected Christ who gives power for godly living, and the returning Christ who will judge the nations by the standard of God’s Word.”
Notice that Phillips’ emphasis on all five responses is one of showing what a true Christian is: a witness for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, distinct from the immoral world in spite of ridicule and persecution. But the true believer is not only a witness to the world; he is also a witness to the church that has embraced the unbiblical doctrines, worship and practices of the unbelieving world.