I woke up pretty heavyhearted about the democratic win in Virginia this morning. Heavyhearted, but not surprised.
Heavyhearted, not because “our team lost” or out of judgement, but because I am so saddened that this win, to some people, reflects “hope”.
I am so sad that our world is so broken that this is what they think hope is.
But we shouldn’t be surprised when our broken world reflects brokenness.
Listen, here’s my rant first. Because I know the gracious and merciful way that I could respond, but I also think there is an element of justice and righteous anger that is needed here, and I would like to speak directly to the Christians on this. I am not overly political, I am not someone who gets angry at those who do not know God for having beliefs that don’t align with His word, BUT when it comes to those who do call Him their Savior, this topic gets me more than a little heated.
I know there are issues other than abortion on the line, but I just cannot find anything that matters more and deserves more protecting than the lives of our most innocent.
Christians, if you vote Democrat, you are voting for abortion. Period.
THIRD trimester abortions.
Abortions up until the MOMENT of birth.
You’re voting in favor of the complete idiocy that says a baby inside a womb does not equal a life, yet moments later when that same baby reaches the outside the womb, that can be considered a life, because #logic.
You’re voting in favor of a human opinion that not only contradicts what God’s word says about life, BUT also what SCIENCE tells us about it.
You’re voting in favor of sacrificing babies on an altar of convenience.
You’re voting in favor of removing all restrictions on this already heinous practice of abortion, and therefore making the billion dollar abortion industry even more profitable. Profits made from infant deaths. You are voting for that.
You’re voting to violate the sanctity of life, and I promise you that violation won’t end in the womb. It will permeate through the rest of our culture.
I realize I’ll make some folks really mad by saying this, but I’m not sure how you justify that as a Christian.
I’m genuinely curious if you disagree.
Please, tell me your theological context for why you think voting blue for any other reason is worth the collateral of innocent lives.
Because if we look to the word of God, I see a wicked pharaoh in Exodus who ordered the slaughtering of firstborn males, I see a God in the Psalms who knit us together in our mothers wombs, and I see a Jesus in Matthew who said “Let the little children come to me.”
Please tell me how you think you look more like Jesus and less like the wicked pharaoh when you choose to vote against life.
As my incredible friend Chandra taught at a recent event, “There is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
In a state who’s governor just months ago casually discussed infanticide, we have now given the reigns over to that same party.
Is the Republican Party perfect? Heck no. There are things they don’t do well, they aren’t our Savior either, but again, a vote for a democrat is a vote against LIFE.
My humanity wants to grab you by the shoulders and shake you.
My Christianity tells me to instead not to cast stones but to pray for you.
My God gently corrected me this morning when I was feeling broken over this, and reminded me that this is just a small example of the burden that He always feels. Because there is nothing new under the sun.
Not just on Election Day.
His heart is grieved, not when a political party gets a win or loss, but always.
Every time a precious life is taken by an abortion.
Every time there is racism and unrest and shootings and natural disaster.
For all who are lost and hurting, and for all who are running.
Because our world is broken, it reflects brokenness.
Because our world is sinful, it reflects sin.
Because our world is fallen, it reflects the fall.
That grieves the heart of God, and it should grieve all of us too.
But we shouldn’t sit idly by in our grieving, no, this is when we should be poised to shine our light more than ever.
“But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” – Hebrews 10:39
Because our God is still on the throne, and we place our trust in HIM, not political candidates, we will always, always have hope.
This is not a time for shrinking back. It’s up to us to be more intentional in how we show the love of Christ to our broken world.
It’s not enough for us Christians to simply vote against what we don’t believe in. We need to put some actions behind our disappointment. Some love behind our Facebook arguments.
I do think there is importance in speaking TRUTH, which is why I left my rant in here, but we need to not only speak the truth louder, we need to LOVE LOUDER.
If we call ourselves redeemed by Christ, we should reflect His love.
Let’s let our heaviness cause us to be even more aware of what we are reflecting. Are we more concerned with converting people to the Republican party than we are with leading them to Jesus?
This is where we get to be in the world and not of it. Our beliefs aren’t going to make sense to the world. There is nothing new under the sun.
Instead of muttering under our breath about how this world is ‘going to hell in a hand-basket’ or calling others names and arguing with strangers, what if we let this awakening motivate us to action?
I think it’s a good thing to be reminded of the brokenness in our world. Because if we stay reminded, if our hearts stay tender toward this, we won’t grow apathetic.
So let us not feel hopeless today, yes, we live in a broken world, but we know a Jesus who heals broken things. Let’s go and tell more people about Him.