It is 11:52 p.m. I cannot sleep, for many reasons, all of them rooted in the results of the election. If you are a follower of my blog, I thank you for kind support. However, of all of the pages on Sole Searching, perhaps the most important, yet most neglected (by me) is the Faith page. My desire for the Faith column is that it be a encouraging, supportive and unifying for Christian readers and inspiring for those being called to the Christian life. Unfortunately, I am ashamed to admit that, for the sake of appeal, it has been a bit watered down.
After last night's election outcome, this can no longer be. Blatant deceptions, atrocities, and abuses of power by our nation's leaders cannot be ignored, discounted, nor underestimated. They must be countered with truths couched in fortitude and grit. Why? Because our nation was founded on Christian principles, and it is my duty as a Patriot and my privilege as a Christian to uphold these principles. Christianity isn't sunshine, rainbows and unicorns. It isn't let's hold hands and sing kumbaya - especially when gospel interpretations don't jive with the message of and the person of Jesus Christ. If this measly little blog has any substance at all it should be found on this page first and foremost. If such substance sends people toward the exit door, then so be it. At least it represents something objectively true and not something contrived for the sake of popularity or approval. After all, our Lord never asked for, nor sought those things, so I at least owe Him the integrity of my words if I am to call myself Christian.
Jenna at Call Her Happy, wrote a reflection on the election that perfectly summarized my current state of heart and mind. Her message begins:
This is going to be a hard four years for me, for our country, for our world. I pray for all of those who voted for Obama in the name of progress. Lord, they do not know what they have done. I pray for our President, despite my distaste for all he stands for. I am so sad for my daughter. I wish there was another world I could raise her in. I wish I could do better for her. I weep for the world she must grow up in. It is so hard to love your child so much and know that she must face a country that feels it is so much smarter than Jesus Christ. I can only pray that she falls into a group of friends that support her in following the only true path to eternal salvation.