Directing Our Moral Outrage
“Therefore, putting away lying, let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” Ephesians 4:25-27
Anger (wrath) uncontrolled or misdirected can be destructive and harmful to others without cause. But, anger is a character quality of God.
He is angry with the wicked every day. (Psalm 7:11) He was angry with Moses for not trusting Him in the beginning choosing Aaron to be his mouthpiece before Pharaoh. (Exodus 4:14) He was angry with Israel for their idol worship and complaining in the wilderness, (Numbers 11, 12, 25, 32…) To be angry where injustice, sin and unrighteousness are concerned is to be God-minded concerning such things.
But that anger is useless and leads only to sin if it merely results in heated arguments, strifes, divisions and acts of violence against brothers and sisters or merely a posturing of superiority to those who hold opposing views to ours.
We are living in unprecedented political times in America and, indeed, in the world. The two primary political parties are represented by individuals that are by most Christian standards of behavior unfit for leadership. But, on this question alone in the most recent years Christians have been at least in part responsible for furthering the decline of moral virtue in this nation by their nonparticipation in the voting process on the basis of their unwillingness to vote for a person of conservative values which fundamentally aligned with their own, but that person was of a Christian religious sect that they opposed.
More clearly stated many Christians did not vote for Mitt Romney in the last presidential election simply because he was a Mormon, despite the fact his political positions and moral values were more closely consistent with their Christian values than those of Barak Obama.
So, by not voting for Romney they chose to by default to “vote for” President Obama whose values are diametrically opposed to theirs. Thus, driving our nation further down the path of moral decadence. Under the current political leadership traditional marriage has been assaulted and redefined by the Supreme Court. Christianity has been more marginalized and assaulted by political restraints on what is defined as “hate speech” because we believe in God that created mankind in only two genders, male and female. All others are manmade efforts to deny the truth of the Bible.
Under this liberal presidency Government has grown larger and larger and consumed more and more of each individuals earnings by forcing those who work to support those who do not and to provide aid to those who don’t deserve it merely to gain political support for their liberal agendas seeking to control every aspect of our lives, how we live in the privacy of our homes, how we raise our children, what values we teach them, whose life styles must be accepted as normative, how we allow immigrants into the country and fund their demands to misshape and reshape our nation to resemble their destructive inhuman practices of violence and mayhem and enslavement in the false notion of caring for the displaced and oppressed people of other countries.
Under their leadership those of the political left have fostered a climate for terrorism to multiply worldwide and the spirit of groups like ISIS to inspire warped minded individuals to take up the cause in random places wherever people gather for peaceful life activities.
Judeo-Christian principles of Godliness, the rule of law and moral virtues of honesty, integrity, truth and true justice have all but disappeared from our college campuses. Instead of preserving the rights of free speech and the free exchange of ideas, including opposing views and opinions, they have become citadels of monolithic thought where only one opinion is allowed, that of the liberal, intolerant, un-Godly, un-Christian, immoral, academic elitist, atheistic world view.
Yes, as Christians we hold values that are given to us by God through His Word and we rightly are commanded to live by them. But when we elect a president we should not expect that person to be the embodiment of our highest Christian patterns of behavior. I doubt if before God any of us could measure up the standard we as Christians impose on those seeking political office. We are a flawed people voting for a flawed leader. It is still true we get the government we deserve either but voting or not voting.
Now some, even many Christians are troubled by the words of Donald Trump, particularly his apparent unrestrained commentary on a host of issues and particularly in reference to people that don’t matter in terms of restoring the country to a strong constitutional democracy. The real issues for us to consider in this upcoming election have been excellently outlined by Dutch Sheets in his recent article “What Should Christians Consider When Deciding to Vote.” http://elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=16432
The answer to the concerns that Christians have about any political candidate is not to be found in our outrage or our inaction but rather in prayer. We have the most powerful force of influence and change given to us by God. Prayer brings the presence, power and authority of God to bear on any situation.
The effectual fervent prayer (James 5:16) of a righteous man avails much. Thank God we are the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ. Our righteousness is not in our perfect behavior, but in our relationship to Jesus Christ. As believers in Christ we qualify as righteous so our prayers can avail much. We can make a difference if we pray and pray earnestly. Then vote. And then keep on praying until we see the glory of God manifested in the political, social, economical and spiritual life of this nation.