closing arguments on the election season…

Posted on November 5, 2008

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I read two great articles written by (in my opinion) two great Christian thinkers of our day in response to last night’s election of Barak Obama.  Albert Mohler summarizes the socio-cultural implications (both good and bad) of what took place with last night’s victory: 

Evangelical Christians face another challenge with the election of Sen. Obama, and a failure to rise to this challenge will bring disrepute upon the Gospel, as well as upon ourselves.  There must be absolutely no denial of the legitimacy of President-Elect Obama’s election and no failure to accord this new President the respect and honor due to anyone elected to that high office.  Failure in this responsibility is disobedience to a clear biblical command.

The other piece, written by Mark Driscoll, highlighted the need for Christians, especially pastors, to view the unfolding events of the last few months as pointers to greater spiritual realities.  One quote that was particularly good:

 

speaking of repentance, sadly, no matter who wins there will be no call to personal repentance of our own personal sins which contributes to cultural suffering and decline such as our pride, gluttony, covetousness, greed, indebtedness, self-righteousness, perversion, and laziness. And, in four years we’ll do it all again and pretend that this time things will be different. Four years after that, we’ll do it yet again. And, we’ll continue driving around this cul de sac until Jesus returns, sets up his throne, and puts an end to folly once and for all.

In the meantime, I would encourage all preachers to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and repentance of personal sin. He alone can truly atone for our sins. He alone can deliver us from a real hell. He alone is our sinless and great King. And, he alone has a Shalom kingdom to offer.

 

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