Tuesday, November 10, 2020

I know that my Redeemer lives

 So President Trump is contesting this election, AS HE SHOULD, through both lawsuits, and through investigation of credible reports of fraud.  Presumably, some investigations will yield prosecutions, although if the Durham investigation is any indicator, it will be a lot of sound and fury amounting to nothing at all.  None of the conspirators will ever be prosecuted or spend time behind bars.  Sad.  He should perhaps continue the fight through rallies in which he gets the truth out to Trump voters because he is being censored by social media and the MSM.

I pray daily that the God of Creation will not take his hand off the shoulder of President Trump, or the United States.  I pray that those in need of healing should receive it, especially Rush Limbaugh.  But then after laying all these things and more before my Lord and Savior, I put it to Him that whatever I have prayed about should be taken as my concerns, and that His will should be done in all circumstances.

I pray this way because, as Ellie Reynolds notes at The Federalist today, Christians Aren't In Existential Despair If Biden Won, Because Government Isn't Our God. At the same time, we Christians should be active in our government affairs. And yes, we should fight it when there is fraud or injustice in the elections.  

As Christians, that’s how we should approach the electoral process — both before and after the results are announced. We should be educated and enthusiastically involved in our governing authority. We should surely fight to protect our families, our right to worship, and the rights of those who cannot defend themselves. But at the end of the day, we do all we can and then leave the results in eternal hands.
We preach that Christ alone is the hope of our salvation. But how graciously we handle the results of this election will show those around us whether we mean it.
That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be rightly concerned about protecting the electoral process where there is evidence of voter fraud. It also doesn’t mean we should give up being politically involved or holding our elected officials accountable for their words and actions. Advocating for liberty and justice in the civic process is a legitimate and necessary calling.
Still, Christians have a right to be concerned when governments, such as that of Gavin Newsom in California close down churches and prevent them for administering the sacraments. Churchs should not accede to such dictatorial behavior from any authority. As St. Paul noted governments exist to serve mankind, not to strip them of their God given rights. Those rights, including the free exercise of our religion, as guaranteed in the Constitution, is not limited by the existence of a pandemic, an epidemic, or indeed, other supposed emergency. Our rights exist in good times and bad, indeed under all circumstances.  Even putting conditions of church services such as the wearing of masks and no singing is, in my opinion, an imposition too far.

Christians have had it relatively good in the United States. We haven't been fed to the lions, after all, nor have wee been executed by beheading, as those in Muslim countries experience...at least not yet. We can be grateful for that.  But at the same time, that does not mean we can be complacent.  Christ suffered and died for us, do we not need to show some courage in the face of mild persecution?  

I will leave you with this:
I know that my Redeemer lives.
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives who once was dead
He lives, my ever-living Head

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