Monday, November 12, 2012

What Next?

Some of us were surprised that Obama was re-elected to a second term.  With the crowds that came out to hear Romney, and the almost lackadaisical attitude Obama exhibited toward the debates, I was sure Conservatives would flood the voting booths and vote Obama out of office.  Well, as we now know, it did not happen.  And now some are depressed, thinking it is the end of America as we once knew it to be.  They may be right.  We have weak-kneed Republican leadership in the House and Senate.  They are more interested in getting along and getting re-elected than in principle.

 So what do we do now?  There are some who have the means and the will, and they are leaving.  That may not be a bad idea, my forefathers did the same thing when they left the British Isles and Sweden in search of liberty.  But now there is no place to go.  As Ronald Reagan so eloquently put it, 'America is the last best hope for mankind.'  If the United States falls to tyranny, and she is surely heading in that direction, we have no place to flee to.  Others will go underground, perhaps taking a cue from Ayn Rand's popular novel, Atlas Shrugged.  Again, not a bad idea, but with technology the way it is today, it is very difficult to hide from the government if they want to find you.

So what do we do?  It may seem pat, but now more than ever, we need to trust in God.  There are brothers and sisters of ours who presently live in very oppressive countries.  They have families who have turned against them, have lost jobs, have been turned out of their homes, sometimes out of their villages, have been mocked, beaten, jailed, and some have died a martyr's death.  We have no promise that we will be spared. 

Now for the most part, we have much.  Perhaps it is harder to completely trust in God when you have money, job, family, and security that you can trust in.  I know in my case it is a struggle.  I want to trust God completely.  I know He will take care of me as surely as He took care of the Israelites for 40 years in the Arabian desert.  I have experienced time and again answered prayer - God cares for me.  But often I find that I have slipped from complete reliance upon the God of grace to reliance on myself, or money, or others.  It is not a good place to be; there is more stress, unhappiness, depression, and fear.  Remember 'God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.' II Tim. 1:7.

Let me urge you to strengthen yourselves in the Lord. Study and hold to the promises of God, seek His presence, cling to Him, love and trust Him.  Do you want to please Him?  Heb. 11:6, 'without faith it is impossible to please Him.'  The days may seem dark, but Jesus is still the Light of the world.  Let's go and proclaim the good news!