As a former radio news director, reporter and anchor, I have -- until recent years -- always been a political junkie. Even though I am no longer in full time radio, I still do one radio program a week in connection with my apologetics ministry. Because of that, I still have to keep up to date on current events and politics. But I honestly have to say that I've grown weary with it. It hasn't helped much to see how little concerted evangelical efforts have mattered in the long term.
When I say that, I don't mean to say that no good was accomplished over the years. But if anything, we've helped slow the rot instead of stopping the rot altogether. Today, what little gains we have made are in serious jeopardy. While we wring our hands at the prospect of the hard left getting control of the White House and both houses of Congress, we ignore theological liberals gaining ascendancy in previously sound evangelical churches, not to mention the colleges and seminaries. Theological liberalism and the political liberalism of today go hand in hand. How in the world can Christians hold the line on issues like homosexual marriage when so-called evangelicals are waffling on whether homosexuality is even sin?
My friends have often heard me say that America is due getting a hard stick across her back from the Lord. I've said it for several years. So imagine how sobered I was to hear a man of no less caliber than Dr. John MacArthur saying in a sermon last year that God has abandoned America because of her unrepentant sin. And rather than calling America to repent, the church is beginning to join America in her apostasy.
When I look at the field of presidential candidates, I am not thrilled with any of them. I have liked Mike Huckabee, but withdrew my earlier endorsement of him for more consideration. His conservative credentials are questionable in some areas despite his correct stance -- so far -- on homosexuality and abortion. I have some doubt as to his theology now, especially after finding out that he backed the "moderates" in the Southern Baptist Convention, and his fondness for Rick Warren's way of doing things. Despite these reservations, Mike Huckabee seems the best a concerned evangelical can hope for in this rotten political and spiritual climate. I can't vote for Romney. I can't vote for McCain. I can't vote for Giuliani. And I certainly can't vote for anyone on the Democratic end of things.
Whatever happens, I won't decide not to vote, as some are considering. I might write in Bozo the Clown for president in the end, but I will exercise my right to vote while I still have one. Those who don't vote have no right to complain as far as I am concerned. Voting is a duty of citizenship, something they don't seem to teach much these days.
In essence, I have been ruminating out loud in this post. I know that God is sovereign, and that His purposes will be accomplished in the affairs of the nations. I have heard some say in the past that God can't judge America because His people are so numerous, and that America is a lighthouse for the Gospel.
Hmm. God can't judge America because His people are here? Tell that to Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Daniel.