I know that many Christians are cheered by the news of a Republican victory in the Massachusetts Senate election. I know that other Christians are horrified whenever a preacher mentions politics. Sorry, but this article may offend both. It is not that I like to upset people, but sometimes I have no choice.
If you fear that my commenting on an election is a violation of the law, do not worry. I am not going to endorse a candidate (which is today called illegal, despite being obviously constitutional). I am only going to comment on certain moral issues. I have not only a legal right but a moral responsibility to do that.
If you have been rejoicing over the election of a Republican, please ask yourself how much you know about this man. Has a party label perhaps blinded some to the facts about his moral stance? While it has become common to assume that Democrats tend to be on the wrong side of nearly every moral issue in our country today, are you really confident that a man who has appeared as the centerfold of a racy magazine (and whose wife has done similar things) is likely to be on the right side, morally speaking? Do you even know his stance on issues like abortion, cloning, homosexuality, pornography, and the free exercise of the faith?
Unless I am greatly mistaken, the major parties presented the people of Massachusetts with the choice between two moral reprobates. The people (not surprisingly) chose a moral reprobate. Whether or not this election proves anything about what will happen in future elections, I do not know. But what I do perceive is that it proves (if we needed any proof) that America has become a moral and mental wasteland where people do not think clearly or morally.
This special election fell near the anniversary of the notorious Roe vs. Wade decision. In that decision the Supreme Court of this country took a position that is neither morally nor constitutionally defensible. Yet no representative (that I can recall) submitted a motion for their impeachment. They clearly demonstrated in their decision, that they had no respect for our foundational law, yet neither major party took a stand against such arrogance then, and neither major party has taken an effective stand since.
Sorry, but I am not much cheered by the news from Massachusetts. Perhaps the presence of another Republican will lead to a little more gridlock in Washington, and perhaps (under the circumstances) gridlock is a good thing. But the chilling fact remains. We are living in a moral wasteland where good is called evil and evil is called good.
This is nothing new. Isaiah lived in such a time (Isa 5:20). Jesus was born in such a time (Matt 2:1-18). We should not be fooled by either party, we should face the fact of the moral wasteland in which we live; but we should not give way to despair. Zechariah and Elizabeth were not dismayed at the moral wasteland into which their son was born. They did not mourn over what the world would do to their son. Instead they anticipated how the Lord would change the world through their son (Luke 1:57-79). The early Christians did not give up in the face of the murder of Stephen and the persecution that followed. They responded to these events by going about preaching the word (Acts 8:4).
And that is exactly what we should do. Senator Brown is no more the anointed savior than Barack Obama. He, like nearly everyone in this nation, is a lost person in need of salvation. We live in a moral & spiritual wasteland. We are not going to fix that politically (although we should vote as morally as we can). The good news that this country needs is not a new health care plan, or a new banking plan, they need the gospel plan. That is the only plan that will save them. Scott Brown is not going to deliver the gospel any more than Ted Kennedy did. The question is, are we?