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Eric MetaxasWhether you voted for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, whether you’re recovering from your all-night celebration or drying the tears from your pillow, today’s a good day, as Chuck Colson reminded us, to heed these words of the Apostle Paul: “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:1-3).

As I record this, I don’t know the outcome of yesterday’s voting. But I’m sure of one thing, whether the president’s last name is Romney or Obama, he will need our prayers, because he and his administration face huge, serious challenges to the health of our nation and to peace in the world—challenges that we cannot overcome without divine aid.

Think about it. At home, the economy is still sluggish, to say the least. We face the so-called “fiscal cliff” and sequestration. Economists and politicians on both sides of the aisle are telling us this would be an economic disaster for the nation. And speaking of disasters, there’s the national debt.

Overseas, America’s foreign policy seems, to put it mildly, confused, even as Iran seeks nuclear weapons, as Islamists have either grabbed or are on the cusp of grabbing power in countries throughout the Middle East, and as we struggle to figure out what in the world to do about the war in Afghanistan.

How has America come to this point? Why is our economy on the brink of disaster? And why is our culture so utterly depraved?

Chuck Colson asked these questions the day after the last presidential election four years ago. And his answer was spot on. Chuck cited what Russian author Alexandr Solzhenitsyn said about the catastrophic consequences of the Russian revolution. “I recall,” Solzhenitsyn said, “hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened.”

Solzhenitsyn was right. And Colson was right. The best explanation for why we Americans find ourselves in the state we are in is that to some extent we have forgotten God.

We have also forgotten that American democracy—indeed Western Civilization itself—is the product of the Judeo-Christian understanding of God and humanity. As Chuck told us, “Without that revelation that man is created in the image of God, our founders never would have recognized the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Make no mistake, no matter who won yesterday, the attacks on Christianity are not going away. They’ll only intensify. So we have to continue, as Chuck said, “to make a winsome witness” to the truths of the Christian worldview, because those who would banish Christianity from American public life are risking the very survival of American society.

So, if your presidential candidate or your congressional candidates won yesterday, keep the celebration short. If they lost, don’t head for the hills. We’ve got work to do. As Chuck told us four years ago, this is a time for Christians to stay involved, to, as he said, “lead, encourage, and minister to a faltering country in a faltering economy.”

So by all means pray for the President and his administration. Pray for our nation. But most of all be salt and light in a culture, in a country, that is in danger of forgetting God.


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Election a sign of judgment?
Thank you for this commentary. I had emailed you the day after the election feeling very disappointed wanting to hear your thoughts, unaware you had already written this.

I don't understand how so many people can be praying for their country and have it go down the drain like this. I don't know God's mind, or the future of all this (except that God provides a good ending). I often wonder if America is suffering judgment now for its abortion and homosexual culture and if these anti-Christian leaders and policies are the result of God's judgment rather than its cause. It seems to me that part of Judah's judgment in Jeremiah's day was the reign of Zedekiah. Babylon's conquest was just the final piece. Have we already passed the point of losing our republic?
The Disgusting Hypocrisy of the Black Church
Like a lot of evangelical Christians, I'm disappointed by the results of Tuesday's presidential election. I am deeply fearful about the America my sons will inherit.

Yet, these feelings are overshadowed by my disgust at the Black church. During the 2008 election, I could understand Black Christians voting for Obama due to racial pride and ignorance of his background. Yet, in 2012, you knew full well who Obama really is. For instance, you can't blame George W. Bush for Obama endorsing "gay marriage" and then using a twisted interpretation of the Bible to justify his position. I thought for certain that Black Christians would at least follow the lead of God-fearing Black pastors and rebuke the President's hypocrisy on marriage.

Instead, most Blacks in the pews along with some truly blind Black pastors pulled the lever for Obama...again.

Like I said, disgusting.

There two more things that are disgusting about such Black Christian hypocrisy.

First, such behavior undermines the larger Church's witness to a unbelieving world. Who would believe the transforming power of the Gospel when so many Black Christians branded White Christians as "racist" for disagreeing with Obama's policies, but then re-elect because he's Black? Such Christians are no better than unbelieving Black racists like the Black Panthers.

Second, pro-Obama Black Christians did not even gain anything selling out their principles. For example, Obama spent the last four years ignoring the concerns of Black Christians like record levels of Black unemployment in favor of pushing "gay marriage" and more abortions. To paraphrase Malcolm X, Obama along with his fellow Democrats have put Black people last, and the latter accepts it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BYVv4LY_KQ

So, why should Obama change course if Black Christians keep supporting the sorry status quo?

Rev. Martin Luther King must be spinning in his grave that so many Black Christians reject the biblical truth that people, including Presidents, should be judged by character not skin color.
In the words of the hymn
This is my Father's world
O, let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong
God is the Ruler yet
How I feel . . .
I posted this on another BP article:

I am beyond angry. I am hurt and disappointed. I do NOT understand how the people of this country could re-elect Obama. People apparently want their freebies more than they want a good government. And there is NOTHING I can do about it.

I know that, as a Christian, we win in the end . . . but that really does not help me right now. The promises of life eternal don't always give me good guidance on how to deal with the consequences of other people's actions.

How I feel right now? This SUCKS. LIBERALS ALWAYS WIN. They have more money, more power, and they control the media. And I do not have the power or the influence to combat ANYTHING they say. I am the one who has to be nice and sweet and keep my mouth shut. I am expected to respect other people's opinions but no one has to respect mine. I have to accept other people's opinions--I have to accept that other people have different opinions--but no one has to accept that *I* have a different opinion.

With ObamaCare, I am deathly afraid that my son is going to be a victim. I am afraid that the resources my son needs will NOT be there when he needs them because the government will be bankrupt. (We take Medicaid because our son has autism.)

Right now I am angry, hurt, disappointed, and afraid, and there are too many places where I CANNOT express how I feel.
Don't Forget the other election news.
Wisconsin has elected the first openly homosexual US senator. Two states, Maryland and Maine, have had homosexual marriage approved by the voters for the first time in the history of this country. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

This news should be more earth shattering that the Presidential election. As a country we are changing course. It is not in a good way. We are not the majority, but we act like we are when we are together with other Christians. How long will it take for us to wake up?
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