Now that the 2008 Presidential election is over, it has left me wondering what GOD has in store for our nation. Indeed, this election has been historic in that Americans have elected its first African-American President. This election may have been ‘historic’ in that respect, but I am greatly concerned today by what many stated as the reason for their voting in Barrack Obama. It was because the economy (materialism) was more important to the voter than was morality. This certainly was not the first time this has happened (remember the cliché “It’s the economy stupid”?)
I see a continuing trend here; a trend that reflects the misguided mindset of our country.
What does the Bible state in terms of what constitutes a “strong” nation? We read in Psa. 9:17, “The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God…”. In Prov. 14:34, we read, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” God’s people (the Jews) of Jeremiah’s day had did just that, ‘forgotten’ God. In Jer. 2:13 we read, “…for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water…". Later, in verse 32 Jeremiah asks, “Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me days without number.”
Don ’t get me wrong, I desire a stronger economy; however, this country’s moral depravity will not be resolved in the political arena. The Bible clearly points out that it is God above that sustains us and provides for us the necessities of life (Matt. 6:33). Could it be that our weak economy is a direct result of our immorality? The Bible states that the shedding of innocent blood, illicit sexual relationships, greed, vulgarity, pride, etc. are an abomination to God! (Rom. 1:18-32 is clear as to the reason for God’s wrath being outpoured). Can we expect God, the giver of every good and perfect gift, to continue showering upon us His blessings if we continue to distance ourselves from His Word?
Barrack Obama’s platform throughout this election was “CHANGE!” We must look to his past record as to the type of change he so desires. But this is true of any political candidate who’s platform is one of “CHANGE”. As a Christian, how should I view this candidates' idea of “CHANGE”? Will it promote immoral behavior ? More importantly, how does the bible set forth God's view of such "CHANGE"?
If I as a Christian want to do my part in securing the blessings of God, I need to recognize what exalts a nation, thereby truly determining its strength. If I want to help this nation be strong, then I need to make sure that my righteousness is patterned after God’s righteousness. It is just as true today as it was in Solomon’s day that “sin is a reproach to any people”.
While I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know who holds the future! The God of heaven is and will forever be in control, and He will deal justly to all the inhabitants of the earth!
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chr. 7:14).