There can be no mistaking it, the whisper on the air has become a roar, and yet again we find that the one earthly thing which does not change is, well, change. The election is over, and now those of us privileged to live in the United States of America must begin to chart our way through a future that, to be perfectly honest, may not look the way we wish it did.
Let’s be real for a second: the political landscape has morphed into something increasingly Orwellian, yes, but that is not – in and of itself – what concerns me. What concerns me is how We The People made it happen. Let me explain.
You see, around the neighborhood of 6000 years ago, there was a Garden. This Garden, like everything else in the cosmos, was created by the Word of God – and it was called, “Good.”
In this Garden lived a man. The Man, actually, since he was the only one of his kind. This Man was called Adam (which is simply “Man” in the Hebrew language), and in his loins – so to speak – were all the Nations of the world. This Man lived with his wife in the Garden, up until THAT day.
That day… the one that shaped the course of human history in a way that no presidential election could even approach in terms of its ramifications. The one that is rehearsed in the heart of every man born since (save one, but we’ll come to that) every day that goes by. The day that one Man, and you and I in him, rightly earned the title:
You know the story, you say? You’d better, because your destiny is wrapped up in it. The wages of sin is death, after all.
But if you know that much of the story, you should also know how it ends. How the New Man, Jesus Christ, God born of a virgin and NOT under Adam’s curse, became a curse for us, that we might become righteous before God. How by His death He defeated death, and now is the new Head for all the believing.
This concept of headship should be familiar to us today, when we meditate on the fact that as the leader/representative goes, so does the country. If that is not so then why is so much invested in our choice of a “Head” of State? By being our new Head, Christ changes our citizenship – from this dying world of Adam, to His eternal Kingdom.
Very well, but apart from a quaint tie-in with the whole “headship” thing, how does all of this relate to the poll results we saw this past day? (and let us not forget that those poll results include 3 states legalizing same-sex “marriage” and 2 states legalizing marijuana for recreational use) Simply in this way: we are seeing the reality of sin. Nothing more, really. With all the talk about voting for the “lesser of two evils”, we talk surprisingly little about where evil actually comes from.
And that is the problem I see.
We the People made this happen by being what we have been since Adam fell: sinners. That is a big problem. The bigger problem is that less and less are we confessing this. Which means that less and less are we confessing our salvation in Christ. What you see is the inevitable result of this.
In conclusion, then:
I’ve heard a lot today about how the Republican party needs to do some soul-searching, to find out what when wrong and correct it before the next election. Maybe so, that’s for them to figure out. But all the more, Christians need to do some searching of our own. Soul, fine, but don’t stop there – search the Scriptures. Learn of your own depravity and drink deeply from the living waters that Christ offers. Then, when your cup runneth over, and your mouth speaks out of the newfound abundance in your heart, your neighbor may hear and be given faith as well.
Christians have been busy, very busy these past decades trying to influence the moral atmosphere of our nation through legislation, through cajoling and through perpetuating a misbegotten sense of what our mission on this earth is. I do not discount the importance of activism, political or otherwise, but Repentance and the Gospel is what changes a culture, folks, and it is that which we are above all called to proclaim.