The Night That the Lights Went Out in Indiana

(Yesterday the state of Indiana held its presidential primary. The results of this election have determined that now both of the major political parties have their presumptive nominees.)

Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a disgrace to any people.
–  Proverbs 14:34

As a nation, we disgraced ourselves in 1973 with the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.  Rather than coming to our senses and rejecting this judicial tyranny and massive-scale miscarriage of justice, we compounded our guilt with our ultimate acquiescence to Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015.

How did we acquiesce?  Consider that the response of citizens acros the country was generally support or else silence.  The Christian leaders and organizations that did speak up immediately pivoted to the issue of “religious liberty,” signaling that they would not resist the decision – only that they didn’t want to personally participate in the ceremonies.  Where were the leaders who stood up and said, “We will not bow!”

Thus has America rejected “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” upon which, in its Declaration of Independence, it had justified its founding.  Modern-day America has trashed what its founding fathers treasured.  What nation has ever had such a dramatic reversal of its declared allegiance?

Therefore, our Creator has left us to ourselves.  And this is how our existence works – if we reject God, He leaves us to our own devices.  The presumptive nominees for president from the two major political parties could hardly be more unworthy of the position.  After eight years of a tyrannical presidency and judiciary, we had so hoped for some relief.  Yet, in November, it won’t be so much that we have to choose between the lesser of two evils; rather, it will largely be a matter of picking our poison.  And yet we have to admit that as a nation, we are being presented with just the kind leaders we deserve.

Yet we do not trust in political leaders anyway.  Our trust is in the Lord.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
Than to trust in princes.
–  Psalm 118:9

Do not trust in princes,
In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.
–  Psalm 146:3

We must give ourselves completely to His righteousness so that we have a basis for believing that He will honor our cry for help.  His mercy is for the repentant, not for the hard-hearted.  If we truly and diligently pursue godliness, He will meet us on the way.

We do not know all that awaits us in the encroaching darkness, but we do know who will be our guiding light through it all.

Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy.
Though I fall I will rise;
Though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for me.
–  Micah 7:8

We walk in the presence of our Lord and we will not be afraid.  And even if we are afraid, we will trust Him anyway:

When I am afraid,
I will put my trust in You.”
–  Psalm 56:3 

The faith of Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, Zacharias and many others from biblical times survived during the reigns of wicked kings.  By God’s grace, ours will, too.

Strengthen your faith!  Encourage each other in it!

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.
–  1 John 5:4

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