Suddenly Florida and North Carolina are up for grabs in the South. Let a Georgia Democrat run (i.e. Jimmy Carter) and watch the state turn. And to be fair, this isn't so much about Republican versus Democrats as much as it's about the Biblical view of social justice, i.e. pro-life and pro-marriage among others. So states change. Populations change and can be changed. Despite some reports, the economy was not the number one item on some voters' minds. In fact, many women (who by the way voted more for Obama than Romney) cited abortion rights and many of the young adults cited marriage equality. Others cited healthcare. Ironically none of these three topics were discussed majorly during debates or ads. In other polls, two states legalized marijuana and three other states legalized gay marriage. Ironically, of the whole American population, only approximately 3% claim to be homosexual. This means gay marriage is being passed predominantly by heterosexual voters. And the ages and ethnicity? Well go back and read "Part 2."
The lost generations in our churches have found themselves now questioning absolute truth which in turn puts in jeopardy the automatic acceptance of the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. A white majority has enjoyed that status to the point of ignoring the rise of the other minority groups. Let's shoot straight. This is not about which race is better than the other. The answer to that is and has always been, none. All men are created equal. However, all men don't see the same things equally and sometimes these perceptions are formed due to the actions and dialogue of others.
We must recognize that the country is transforming. Retreating to our prayer closets and stylistically approved churches is not going to bring revival. We can gather and we can declare, but that won't bring revival. We've been gathering and declaring for centuries, but the world keeps turning and evil keeps rising. Our greatest issue is no doubt a lack of prayer, but beyond that, a lack of action after prayer. When leaving the proverbial prayer closet, we must rise to work out the faith that led us to our knees in the first place. James said that faith without works is dead. Traditionally, holiness people love to quote that verse in regards to right and wrong, but James is also clear that to him that knows to do right and does it not, it's a sin. So faith without works goes beyond behavior and refraining from things and actions. It explodes into a directive to do the Great Commission, to be salt and light, to be the Good Samaritan, to do to the least of these (Matthew 25), to spread the salvation message, fight for justice, stand for the broken, speak for the silent, and run for the weary.
We're called to action and in order to act effectively, we must be changed effectively. We can't hope to bring someone else to an experience with Christ that we've not achieved. There's too much at stake for us to sit behind our convictions and self-righteousness while we cling to the belief that we're right and everyone else is going to hell. Change starts at the grassroots level and works its way up. Churches can plant in other states. Organizations can be started and supported that promote Godly principles nationally. Rescue and relief efforts can be supported by teams sent all across the country. Leaders can be raised up that God will carry to new places to make impacts across the country. We must focus on the globe, but let's not neglect our own nation that is without a doubt becoming the great mission field.
Last night, our country elected a man who has unashamedly pushed abortion, homosexual marriage, socialized medicine, military cuts, not to mention, a weak foreign policy, the cover up of Benghazi, and the ignoring of Israel, in addition to creating a weaker economy, more debt, and a dropped credit rating, it should tell us something. This election should have been a slam dunk. And it's not about Romney. The Republicans are now saying it was Romney's fault and that the GOP has to put somebody in the next election that is further to the right. The problem with that is that it's not up to the GOP who they put on the ballot. The Republicans across this nation voted for Romney in the primaries to be the party representative on the presidential ticket. This is a republic. The people decide who wins and who runs. And their decisions are alarming.
CNN and CBS are talking about how America has become a more secular country and the conservative and religious numbers have waned more so than anyone thought. A recent study shows that only 48% of Americans claim to believe in the God of the Bible. A much smaller percentage of the 48% actually stated they regularly attended church and were involved in the disciplines of the Word. On statistics alone, Obama was right . . . we are no longer a "Christian nation." The numbers and statistics show the support for the Democratic platform is predominantly dominated by minorities and young adults. This should wake the church up and make us rethink our mission and the way we do ministry.
More so than ever, I believe the days of getting hung up on the successes of our 75-150 member churches filled with elderly saints has got to be replaced with mourning for the lost children and grandchildren of these saints that not only have not shown an inclination to Pentecost, but to Christ and absolute truth in general. The reason? This lost generation, this lost segment of the population from our churches has elected a president the last two elections and they will continue to elect presidents for the next several years. Minority populations will continue to grow regardless. All people must be embraced in our ministry spectrum and we should look to integrate our Christian experiences rather than seek to maintain uniformity and division.
The election was already won last night before it happened because two of the largest demographics along with two of the largest generations had already made up their mind before the debates started. The reason why? The church has lost its voice with these groups. We've lost our influence. We've lost our saltiness and the light has been dimmed. While we can feel encouraged by those who come to our services and the transitional growth that we experience more so than new convert growth, the truth is something has to change in our efforts to accomplish the mission of Christ. Yes we must pray. Yes we must be strong. Yes we must find peace in Christ. But may we add a "yes" to the idea that we can also make a difference. We're called to keep building that ark like Noah. What is the ark? It's the church. It's the bridegroom wedding of Matthew 25. Time is running out without a doubt. Jesus is coming, but when the Son of Man returns, will He find faith on the earth. We must be about our Father's business until He comes to take us home. Let's put feet to our prayers and hands to our worship. Let's put hearts to our knowledge and minds to our emotions. Let's refuse to be sucked into the rhetoric and take account of where we are, what's going on, and what we can do. And let's start today because unless the church rises up, the next election may have already been decided as well . . .