Monday, November 3, 2008

Disappointment

As we approach election day, no outcome will shock me as much as the actions of two particular men that my husband and I have highly respected. I will not mention names, because my intent is not to slander. My intent is to express my shock and disappointment.

These men are well known leaders within the Reformed faith. One of them our family sat under his preaching for many years. During that time he was very clear and direct when discussing political elections. He would say, from the pulpit, that our job was to vote righteously and to choose a man that was upright, not perfect, but one seeking to obey God and to uphold our Constitution. He would encourage us to vote righteously even if it meant we would suffer loss because obedience is better than sacrifice. That we were never to vote for the "lesser of two evils" because it was still evil. He would tell us that if we could not find such a candidate that we should not vote because having a clear conscience before God was better than doing the wrong thing. He would exhort us to trust God, that He was sovereign over nations and that our obedience would bring His blessing and He could do the impossible.

But in the last weeks, he has changed his mind apparently. Now there is rhetoric and justifications. Now he is saying that he is not voting for a person but an "outcome". That any person we elect is a sinner (so does that then mean it is okay to vote for anyone? because everyone is a sinner?) That it is okay to vote for a woman since Deborah was a judge in the Bible. (Which I suppose if carried to its rightful conclusion would mean that it would be appropriate for any woman, even his own wife, to run for political office.) And his opinion holds great sway and it has greatly influenced this other man.

I cannot adequately express my great dismay and disappointment. We watched the movie "Luther" Friday evening and my heart begs God to send us one modern day nutcase like Luther. He was terrified of lightning so much that he promised God to become a monk. Yet before men who could burn him at the stake, he boldly proclaims that the Word of God is more important than his life or any one's opinions. He will not budge but insists on holding fast to the Scriptures. He does not shift as the sand but stays true to God's Word.

So that will become my prayer. Just one Luther. Just one leader who does not shift or change. Just one who can shake up American Christendom and bring Reformation to our land. Just one who, though not perfect, is not swayed by opinions or power. Just one who our great grandchildren will look back and say, "it was he whom God used to bring the reformation to America."

O God of earth and altar, bow down and hear our cry.
Our earthly rulers falter, our people drift and die;
The walls of gold entomb us, the swords of scorn divide;
Take not Thy thunder from us, but take away our pride.

From all that terror teaches, from lies of tongue and pen,
From all the easy speeches, that comfort cruel men;
From sale and profanation of honor and the sword;
From sleep and from damnation, deliver us, good Lord!

Tie in a living tether, the prince and priest and thrall;
Bind all our lives together, smite us and save us all;
In ire and exultation aflame with faith, and free,
Lift up a living nation, a single sword to Thee.

------By G.K. Chesterton, 1906, copied from the Cantus Christi

---posted by Queen Lucy

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