Now that the dust has settled from the election–and the automated phone calls have stopped!– it’s a good time to re-evaluate our priorities and look forward to a future that can be filled with hope and promise, no matter who is president!
~Taken from the Tony Perkins’ FRC (Family Research Council) Action Update, November 8, 2012:
A couple of days have passed since Tuesday’s loss, but for many of us, it still stings. The outcome was not what we hoped for, worked for, or anticipated, but even in the midst of it, I have not once questioned what we did or what we stood for. Even when the criticism comes–and it will come–the words of Teddy Roosevelt never ring truer for FRC, for our movement, or for the millions of voters still fighting, at great personal cost, for the truth.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
The reality in life is that sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. In times like these, we have to keep an eternal perspective, remembering that as Christians, we go from victory to victory. That doesn’t mean every election ends with a parade, because our battle is not temporal; it’s spiritual. Voters may reject the values that have sustained this nation for more than 230 years–but an election is not going to change the sovereignty of God, nor will it alter his eternal truths. Our charge is to not lose heart; to stay faithfully engaged in the struggle for faith, family, and freedom.
And our challenge is to pray. In Luke 18, Jesus’s parable reminds us that, “Will not God give justice to his elect, who cry out to him day and night?” If Paul could call on believers in his day to pray for those in authority, like Nero, who used Christians as human torches, then we can pray for our President and government. Prayer gives us the grace to go on, the mercy to maintain, the patience to persist, the courage to care, and the strength to stand–which is what we are called to do. As John Quincy Adams said when asked about his unyielding and unfruitful fight to end slavery, “Duty is ours, results belong to God.”