Sunday, August 22, 2010
The Election we had to have
I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a native green tree. Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; indeed I sought him, but he could not be found. (Psalm 37:35-36)
... the wicked shall perish; and the enemies of the Lord, like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away. (Psalm 37:20)
Every godly person in Australia could be understood if they were in deep sadness at the state of the nation as reflected in the August 21, 2010 Election. The Greens leader, Senator Bob Brown, gloated over the increased support for the Greens in the Election, and commented that the Greens holding the balance of power in the Senate will bring both the Coalition and the ALP into the 21st Century, forcing them to accept homosexual marriages, embrace the liberalization of abortion and euthanasia laws, and take on other equally abominable acts, as defined by the Law of God.
The nation follows the church, and the condition of the church is exemplified in the experience of a friend who was speaking to a young Church-attending boy, from an upstanding "Christian" family, who told my friend that they were going to vote for the Greens (obviously reflecting the voting preference of the parents). When challenged with the fact that the Greens advocate same-sex marriage, support the murder of babies in their mothers' wombs and the killing of old people and handicapped children, the young person said, "Oh, I didn't realize that." How many other young Christian, first-time voters, supported the Greens because they thought the Greens were simply about caring for the environment?
My encouragement, after the Election, comes from Psalm 37. It is the Lord who fattens the wicked for the day of slaughter. Though the wicked seem to prosper in the short term, in the longer term, it is the righteous who shall inherit the earth.
When God's people become spiritually lazy, and fail to discern the signs of the times, because of their refusal to know the Law of God, then God's people shall be disciplined of the Lord. However, if the discipline is followed by repentance, and a returning to the ways of the Lord, then the Lord shall remove the wicked from the Land, and the godly, in Christ Jesus, shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
What contrasts were seen on the television towards the end of the evening's counting of votes: the Leader of the Greens with his homosexual partner in the background; contrasted with the adulterous Leader of the ALP, kissing her defacto husband on stage; contrasted with the Leader of the Coalition standing with his wife and three daughters representing God's order for the family.
"... those cursed by [the Lord] shall be cut off" (Psalm 37:22b) and be assured that all who live a mockery of God's declared order are cursed; all such shall, in time, be cut off. This is the hope of every true Christian, in the face of such an Election that we have just witnessed.
I do not agree with the Leader of the Coalition's comment that voters should focus on policy, not on the behaviour of the Candidates. Character makes the man, not his promises.