"But oh well, after all, what does it really matter? God is sovereign. We'll get the president He chooses. It's just the kingdom of man, and doesn't really matter. All that matters is the Gospel. The church lived under far worse circumstances, and it could survive worse still, if God wills it. We shouldn't get all upset. Just worry about preaching the Gospel, and let the dead bury the dead."Why am I not saying all that? Simple.
It's not Biblical.
"What?!" my betters might say. "Not Biblical? You mean you don't believe that...."
Let me clarify: that is not a Biblical way to battle evil.
Silence. Thought-bubbles: "'Battle evil'? What does he think he is - a cartoon character?"
But see, as I may have mentioned a time or four thousand, I do think abortion is evil.
I could go on, but I'll just stop right there. I made my fuller argument here.
But you see, the battle is now, it's today. This is not the time for tut-tutting and yarn-weaving and gauzy philosophizing. This is the time to do battle.
That's what I've been doing, particularly for the last month, to the best of my ability: doing battle. By informing, reasoning, pleading, cajoling, and generally working for what I think is best.
You don't see the men (I stress the word) in the Bible flapping their hands and oh-welling.
Think of Joab, hopelessly outnumbered. Does he tell his brother, "Oh well, this world is fleeting, if Yahweh wants to smash Israel, then Yahweh's will be done"? No. Hear him:
“If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. 12 Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the LORD do what seems good to him.” (2 Samuel 10:11-12).Now, there's a man for you. Spiritually, Joab was a mixed bag. But what he says is exactly right: be of courage, fight — and ultimately God will do what God will do. Until then, we fight!
America is not Israel. But it is my country, and I am a light and salt and a witness in it. Like Daniel, I care about it (see what his care even for Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel 4:19). I love it. For what I'm worth, I'll serve it. I'll seek its welfare actively for what I'm worth, and I'll pray for it (Jeremiah 29:7)
Now, today is the time to fight — peacefully, of course. By reasoning, persuading, pleading.
Think about this: if a man's wife were attacked, would he philosophize about the Gospel and the will of God, theorizing that maybe God wanted to teach her something by this experience? Would a man do that? I tell you, he would not. God helping him, he'd wade in and make it someone's very worst day, ever.
So let's talk again tomorrow. Tomorrow, we'll talk about what happened. We'll theologize, and we'll philosophize, and maybe we'll strategize.
But this isn't tomorrow. This is today. This battle still rages.
Participate! Act! Do what's right, to the best of your ability!
Who knows what God's sovereign will is? He'll do what is good in His eyes.
But our part is to fight.