The internet is abuzz, as it is wont to being, after last night’s election. I’ve seen a lot of insightful, interesting things said, and I want to gather some of the best-of-the-best of what I’ve seen into one place – from the practical to the theoretical to the hopeful to the despondent, in no particular order – which is what this post is for.
Also, please keep in mind that there is generally much more to each of these to be found back on the site they originate from – follow the links I have embedded below them for the rest of the material.
But let’s consider this from a theological angle. What does any election ever really change for the Christian. An election took place — is Christ no longer raised from the dead? A law was passed — am I consigned to hell now? No – Christ is still risen from the dead, and so shall you.
“But, but, but” cries the moralist, “they are going to destroy morality with their passing of the abortion laws and the gay marriage!”
No. They aren’t. Bad law does not destroy morals. Oh, they might undermine them, they might make it easier for others to ignore them… but if say, gay marriage is legal in a state… how does that really impact morality? How does that impact a Christian who wishes to live according to the commands of God?
…Will political choices impact our lives – sure. But they do not impact God, nor His promises to us. We have not heard the death knell of morality – maybe our culture (but I think that’s jumping the gun a bit… or well behind the curve and we should place that back at the New Deal). Life in this fallen world for redeemed sinners goes on, all thanks be to God who loves us!
– Via Confessional Gadfly
Evangelicals will need to come to grips with the fact that Billy Graham is no longer our national cultural icon. Brad Pitt and Katy Perry are. They will need to stop speaking about “taking our country back” and start learning to operate like so many other evangelicals in the world, as a minority religion primarily concerned with carrying on the business of Christ’s church unmolested by state interference. They will need to stop denying the separation of church and state doctrine and firmly embrace it, as they historically did, in order to shelter the church from government intrusion. Love your neighbor in the earthly city, as salt and light, promoting the Moral Law of God common to all men, but give up on the misguided dream and political mission to transform America into a Christian nation. Sometimes the best offense is a good defense.
– via The Reformed Mind
Over the next four years our energies should be focused on getting all Christian kids out of the government schools. If your kids are educated by people who are soft in the head, why would you expect them to grow up and not vote for people who are soft in the head? Students become like their teachers (Luke 6:40). Don’t lament the fact that Obama won if over 90% of your children’s teachers voted for him.
We also need Christians with a thorough-going biblical worldview writing good books, making good movies, and recording good music. As I have argued before, you can’t have a naval war without ships, you can’t have tank warfare without tanks, and you can’t fight a culture war without a culture. And by Christian culture, incidentally, I do not mean pious schlock and I do not mean hipster poses with extra mousse in your hair to make it stick up.
So don’t despair. As the Marine general said in the Korean conflict, when his forces were completely outnumbered and surrounded with Chinese troops — “Well, they can’t get away now!”
– via Doug Wilson
Christians must never see political action as an end, but only as a means. We can never seek salvation through the voting booth, and we must never look for a political messiah. Nevertheless, Christians do bear a political responsibility, established in love of God and love of neighbor. We are rightly concerned about this world, but only to a limited extent. Our main concern is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Being in the world but not of the world has never been easy. The 2012 election underlines the challenges we now face and the responsibilities we dare not neglect.
– via Al Mohler
…more to be added as I read more, I expect.