Here are my texts:
Whoever sings songs to a heavy heartI spent at least a month doing my best to warn and persuade and cajole, trying to fend off this result — and now it's here. So, how to respond?
is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda (Proverbs 25:20)
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15)
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy (Proverbs 28:13)
I see some fine Christian blogs and writers are jumping immediately to what I think of as the "I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords" approach. (Simpsons allusion.) They immediately are putting up "Oh-well" and "It's not the end of the world" and "Let's pray for, submit to, and support our new president!" posts.
Now, I mean to address the Biblical theology of all that in the next post on this topic, whenever my more pressing priorities permit. But for now, I just have two points:
- This really was a disgraceful, disastrous election
- Leaping immediately to theologized "Oh-wells" is a miserably poor and un-Biblical pastoral (or otherwise Christian) approach.
You have a friend, or you pastor someone, who has been raped or robbed, or who has just had a loved one commit suicide or apostasy, or just had a spouse commit adultery.
First thing you do is to say, "Oh well, God is sovereign, the Kingdom is all that matters; so, let's just get on our knees right now and thank Him for His blessings, and pray for your rapist. Cheer up!" Right?
Sure, if you're a heartless idiot who hasn't quite read all his Bible.
Because you really don't start there. You will head there, but you're not a computer dealing with another computer. Scripture recognizes a time for mourning. It calls us to weep with those who weep, not to lecture them. Scripture mocks people who sing "Put on a Happy Face" to folks who've just taken a blow.
Look at the prophets. Who knew better than they that Israel and Judah had brought disaster on themselves through their own sin? How did they respond? In various ways, but more often than not, they wept, and lamented.
You could never characterize the prophets' response as anything approaching "Oh well." It was more "Oh God!" It was, "Oh God, no! Oh God, have mercy! Oh God, please spare!" And it was "Oh, my people! Turn back! Don't do this! Look at what is going to happen!"
So, while other (really fine, and I mean that) writers and thinkers seem to want to leap to the "Oh well" stage, I think it's a good time to take time to mourn, and to regroup.
Maybe they're just not old enough. Maybe they don't have the vision of the promise that was America, the memory of liberty within a moral framework, the potential. Look, I'm far from saying everything was ducky. But I'm saying that a lot of things were better, and better-understood, and had far better potential for good.
But I've roamed afield here. Christians can certainly differ as to their theory of government. But within those differences, any failure to estimate abortion as an inexcusable monstrosity is sub-Christian. And Obama is Captain Abortion. He represents a complete policy-defeat. If he keeps his promise, President Obama will instantly bloody the hands of all taxpayers with babies' blood. He will remove all restraints, even the most modest. Stroke of a pen, law of the land.
So all that to say: it is appropriate for Christian patriots to mourn. It is appropriate for Christian patriots to weep. It is appropriate for Christian patriots to ask, "What happened? Why? Are there transgressions to repent of, that we might find mercy?"
And those are the themes I aimed at in that post.
Meta-note. A few readers will want to pile on with "You're exaggerating!" comments. All that tells me is that you haven't been paying attention to this blog for the last month. You don't get to participate in this meta. It's for eyes-open readers who are still trying to process the hit that America just took. And if that's nobody, then I'll just sit here by myself and whistle my little tune.
Postscript: after I had completed this Betsy Markman's comment on another thread pointed me to her very similar post. It dovetails eerily closely with this one.