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Friday, November 9, 2012

A (Thoughtful) Christian Perspective on the Election

If you watch science fiction shows like Star Trek and whatnot, you’ve probably run across the word “anomaly” a time or two. Basically, it means an odd or bizarre circumstance (hey; I’m not Merriam-Webster. It’s good enough).

I don’t know that we will see a more perfect example of an anomaly during our time than millions of Christians being disappointed that a Mormon was not elected President. I’m not sure you can fully appreciate the unlikelihood of that. In any election year other than 2012, several million Christians rallying behind a Mormon in a campaign against a professed Christian, would be Twilight Zone-ish.

Mormons are not Christians. The very root, the one, fundamental thing that makes a Christian a Christian, is the belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and, quoting John 14:6, Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Period. If you don’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God, you are not an actual Christian (I mean, look at the root of the word!). Barrack Obama has presented himself as a Christian since before his run in 2008. Unfortunately, his actions and don’t bear out his professed beliefs. At best, he’s a misguided Christian.
So, Christians found themselves choosing between a pseudo-Christian and a faux-Christian. And millions chose the one who, admittedly is not a Christian. I’m reasonably sure this is because, the ‘Christ as savior thing aside’ (talk about ignoring the elephant in the room!), Romney better reflected Biblical values than Obama did. So, many Christians voted for someone who is diametrically opposed to their most fundamental belief. I get it: I voted for him.

Hey: when else am I going to get to use
an Ace Frehley album cover? I like Kiss. Which  may
be an anomaly itself...
But you want an anomaly? THAT is an anomaly.

There seems to be much gnashing of teeth, wailing and beating of breast among Christians with Obama’s re-election as President. 

The separation of powers built into the US Constitution is the bell weather of democracy. I assert that the single greatest power of the Presidency is the ability to nominate Supreme Court justices. The Supreme Court has more influence on the morality and foundation of this county than any other entity.
It was the Supreme Court that instituted the separation of church and State (it is NOT in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Look it up). And it was the Court that allowed abortion (do you think the Founders built in the murder of unborn babies?). And it is the Court that decides the balance of power between the national and local governments. So, the most enduring impact of Obama’s re-election will be related to how many Justices he gets to nominate in the next four years.
To the Christians who are morose, distraught and feel crushed that their candidate (again, a Mormon..) didn’t get elected, you  need to turn to your Bible (which is pretty much ALWAYS the right option).

Romans 13:1 says, Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.

And in verse 4, The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good.
God’s plan, right now, is for Barrack Obama to be President. I don’t know why. I don’t know why it’s his plan for my son to have asthma. I don’t have to understand: I just have to accept and to believe.

Psalm 27:1 tells us, The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom I shall be afraid?

The President of the United States is the leader of this country. But he is not the leader of your life. And his relationship with God and the actions he takes are between him and God. But the Lord of your life is Jesus Christ. And events are proceeding according to God’s plan. Keep that in mind as we move on in the next four years.


  1. BTW, one bit of unfounded speculation on my part (what do I know of God's thinking?) is that Obama, as a Democrat, will be more oriented towards the concerns of the least, the last and the lost, than Romney.

    That's going with the basic premise that in today's world, Democrats are more social oriented and Republicans are more business oriented. I think money in campaigns has changed that, but in general, we still seem to buy into that. So, perhaps President Obama is there to do God's work in those areas.

    Though bailing out the auto industry strikes me as something Romney was more likely to do...

  2. Who is more "least", "last" and "lost" than the unborn for whom he has no concern?

  3. I'm opposed to Obama's views on abortion and same sex marriage: they aren't Biblical.

    Just saying that the Democrats, historically, seem more attuned to Matthew 25:35 than the Republicans (of which I am one).

    The Republicans ended slavery. But the Democrats carried Civil Rights (which MANY Christians openly fought).

    Perhaps, some Biblical good will come out of the next four years under Obama. What did Jesus talk about more than any other subject? The poor. Democrats historically have been more focused on them in the past century than Republicans. So, maybe that's part of God's plan in the next four years.

  4. It seems to me that Obama's plans for the poor only enable them and do not educate them in how to help themselves. I believe this to be part of a plan to "dumb-down" America. Give the answers instead of showing how to figure them out for ourselves. This way, the American people can be less of a threat to the government and the government can gain more and more control.

  5. A quibble. Mormons are Christians. The church name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are simply not Trinitarian Christians.

    I'll agree that the number of evangelical protestants supporting Romney was surprising. If I recall correctly, the percentage that voted for him was even higher than among mormons.