Writing to his constituents at Household of Faith Fellowship of Churches, C4FIC Chairman, Eric Burd shares the following word of encouragement for the days that lie ahead.
Dear Friends of the Fellowship,
Possibly like many of you, I am inclined to be disheartened by the results of Tuesday’s election. Why? – because I am a conservative. But, politically, what is “conservative,” anyway? Well, it is defined in freedictionary.com as:
1. Favoring traditional views and values;
2. Tending to oppose change.
While that might describe my sentiments, I have not considered myself conservative simply because I dislike change. It is not the fear of change or some innate personal quality that makes me politically conservative. I am not conservative because I arbitrarily favor traditional values. In fact, under this definition, I wonder if conservative is a good description of where I am? Actually, as I think about it – it’s not. I am better described as a “preservative.” Yes, this is what I am, a preservative. Like salt, I am a preservative. It is not that I don’t like change, it is that I long for the biblical values that have preserved and blessed our nation for over two centuries to remain strong in our society, and to increase. In this way, and in this way alone, will America as we know it be preserved.
I have strung together a few excerpts from an article by Cal Thomas in the November 8th edition of World Magazine, which says:
“The central message coming out of the election seems to be that we are no longer the America of our Founders… Instead, the election validates the enormous cultural shift that has been taking place since the ’60s when a countercultural bomb was dropped on society, producing moral fallout that continues to this day… There is no longer any cultural corrective because we have abandoned the concept of objective truth. Nothing is right or wrong, because that suggests a standard by which right and wrong might be defined. Personal choice is the new “standard,” which is no standard at all… Government seems to be replacing God as the only acceptable ‘deity’.”
Yes, most notably since the 60s, America is in decline. It is seeking after other “gods.” The character and pursuits of the average American are not what they were in years past, and this election may be a warning that we are in much worse condition than we had ever imagined. Lack of morality and restraint have moved from the alley into the statehouse. Former boundaries are disappearing in the fight for life, the integrity of traditional marriage and the control of once-illegal drugs. Then, as we look forward to future elections with a cultural disposition that neither recognizes nor deserves good government, what can we expect to find in America’s future? Oh, how I wish it were visions of sugar plums dancing in my head!
But, let’s turn the corner. As stated in the opener – “I am inclined to be disheartened” – but only inclined. Certainly, if it were up to each of us, we might do things differently. But we are not God. We have agendas that God does not have, and God has agendas that we do not have. Praise Him for both the direction and comfort of his Word which gives us great hope in this hour:
Romans 13:1-2 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Esther 4:14 And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
These three scriptures are comforting. They have their original interpretations and applications, but in their biblical context may offer us even greater comfort for the years ahead. This election – a seeming tragedy – has been no accident. Neither we nor our children are at the mercy of an mis-informed electorate. We are, however, always at the mercy of our wise, good and omnipotent Father, and He, looking down the corridors of time, has destined that the church would have this day in the sun, this chance to shine, this stage on which to showcase the values that not only made our nation great, but have through the ages been the preserving truths that have enabled people from around the world to come into the light of Christ.
This election was a warning; not to cower in fear, but for us to “teach our children!” We must arm them for the challenges ahead. We must present them with hope and a biblical worldview. We must teach them to teach their children. We must not allow our kitchen-table conversations to disillusion them. Please remind them of their purpose. Remind them of their special calling for this day and time. Approach this election from a biblically-optimistic perspective.
Yes, God has determined the days and seasons. He has planned before creation the intricate details of every age of man; and for His glory! God has chosen that YOUR child have the opportunity to lift up a torch for Christ in what may be a sinking land. Fine tune your childrens’ perspectives. Help them realize the grand potential they have in their little parcel of time. Sharpen the church to be the church – and not the Baptist Church, or the Assembly of God Church, or the Family-Integrated Church; just the church. God is granting this opportunity to future generations of Christian Americans to step up to be the Church of the Living God. He has chosen us to be agents in the preservation of many souls in the closing wake of time.
So, please encourage your families and congregations. Let them see the glory of their calling. God has ordained that they be born at a time such as this, a time in which their witness can be magnified. We are, after all, the church of which our Lord says: the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!
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