Rick Santorum won by a narrow margin in the first Presidential Primary in Iowa.
Mitt Romney won handily in New Hampshire.
Newt Gingrich has won handily in South Carolina.
Much has been written and said about the various issues surrounding the different Republican Presidential candidates. Many of the concerns expressed are valid. With this in mind, there are a couple things Christians must remember as this election comes to their areas.
First of all, America is not choosing its next pastor. It is faced with the daunting challenge of selecting its next Commander-in-Chief. The basics are simple. Like it or not, that choice must be made from the candidates who are running. Are there candidates that would better represent the religious community? Absolutely. They are not running. With that in mind, there are significant problems with in the Christian community even when someone of that caliber does run.
Consider Mike Huckabee. For all practical purposes, he represented everything the conservative, religious right should stand for. However, he did not beat John McCain in 08 because the “religious right” did not support him. Today, the cry is against Romney and Gingrich because they do not represent this highly influential group. The truth is, much of the talk about the “religious right” is coming from the outside that camp to make this group seem splintered and disconnected in an effort to make them less liked in the public arena which will hopefully and sadly cause them to shy away from the moniker. There are some inside the ranks who are critical as well, claiming these candidates do not represent them very well either. It seems everyone has an opinion but no one rarely offers a solution.
The sad truth is, confessing Christians represent one of the lowest voting blocs in the political arena as far as percentages are concerned and that is the real caveat here. Politicians know that this group has a lot of political clout in one sense and very little in another. They are vocal but do not show up at the polls to vote. When they do show up as is seen in the Huckabee run, they are not at all consistent with in their own ranks.
In I Timothy 2:1-2, Paul admonishes Christians to “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” Two things ring crystal clear as this verse is read. First, the root problem in America is the church’s fault; it has not been following Paul’s admonition here. Second, politicians serving in Washington have been elected by individuals who were not led by praying people.
Once again another statement rings crystal clear; the answers to America’s problems will not come from the White House; if they come at all, they must come from the church house. In order for the latter to happen, the church must take God’s instructions serious and get serious about prayer. What we know will never matter if what we know never matters.
May God bless America once again.