The Election is Over…. Now What?

Once upon a time Christians knew what they believed. They knew why they believed it. We often shake our heads at what goes on the world. We don’t like the anti-Christian laws being passed, more government control, our freedoms regulated and the general secularized state of our nation. However we have failed to recognize who dropped the ball. Christians have lost something very basic and precious: the ability to articulate the gospel. Most Christians profess to believe in the Great Commission that Jesus commanded, to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matt 28:19)

How do we suppose nations will become discipled if we are unable to give even a reasonable answer for the hope that lies within us? How do we expect to handle confrontations without being blown away by any intelligent worldly answer? [product id=”1431″ align=”right” size=”small”]

Furthermore, how do we suppose things will change in our society when for the most part, solutions to problems in the world are coming from the heathens? If Christians aren’t actively contributing to expanding the Kingdom and bringing God’s perfect and timeless law into society, we have no right to shake our heads.

On another note, there are many professing Christians who believe eschatology (the study of future things or “end times”) is interesting, but it doesn’t – or shouldn’t  impact our everyday lives. They have an “only God knows what’s going to happen” mentality, having no regard for the potential consequence it may have on future generations and society at large.

Your eschatology (as indifferent as it may be) affects your worldview, and thus, your actions.  For example, if I believe God is going to rapture me out of the troubles and conflicts of this world, or if the world is predestined to get worse, I won’t bother trying to come up with biblical solutions to a humanistic economic system that my children and grandchildren will have to live with. Why would I think multi-generationally? The heathens understand this and have come up with ways to make money off this type of “now-ism” – see here.

If I don’t think Bible prophecy matters, I also do a disfavor to future generations. How? For one, I am at risk of misinterpreting entire books of the Bible and dozens of passages. That is a problem. If you misinterpret scripture, you are at risk of  misinterpreting God’s will and teaching others (including your children) based upon your misunderstanding. Misinterpretation of scripture can lead to serious deviations from orthodox Christianity and lead to cults. Proper understanding of Scripture is a matter of eternity. If you have the wrong Jesus, you are worshiping a false god. The Mormons do this. Their Jesus is supposedly the same Jesus of Christianity, however, when you delve a little deeper you discover that there is a great deviation from the Bible. The Mormon Jesus is the blood-brother of Satan who was conceived by God and Mary having physical relations. Serving that Jesus could cost you dearly. Interpretation matters. Prophecy is not a salvation matter, but it is extremely important because it is part of the Word of God. It relates His will for us. It relates to our obedience. It affects our understanding of the covenants He has made. It also affects how we interpret the times and how we act upon them.  It affects your children. It affects your grand children and beyond. Don’t you want to know how your every day decisions and actions will affect the future? I do. I want to know that my theology and eschatology is affecting the Kingdom of God in an exponential way. That was how God designed it. [product id=”1185″ align=”left” size=”small”]

The bottom line is if your eschatology is anything other than victorious, you are expecting defeat. You ultimately anticipate Christ’s failure in history. What better way to paralyze and neuter the church than to have it believe the world will get worse and eventually be handed over to an “Anti-christ”? Isn’t that a powerful lie? But, you say, the world IS getting worse. That is the thing about self-fulfilling prophecy. If you keep saying things are supposed to get worse, continue to disengage, keep preaching from the pulpit that we are not ”of this world”, keep preaching that the earth is Satan’s domain, and that means keeping our hands out, guess what…….. things will get worse! But mostly because we let it. We allowed it. We endorsed it. Then we said it was prophetic. I call that not prophetic, but pathetic.

One of the recurring themes from Genesis to Revelation is God’s continual calling of man to responsibility. We see in history when Christians took their role seriously and engaged as God willed how Christianity shaped and influenced entire cultures as well as the impact it had on modern science and technology, music and the arts.

Consider the influential men of history who had bold faith and a victorious attitude such as Saint Patrick. Though he endured horrible times and afflictions, God used him to convert an entire island with generations of paganism. That was one man in one life span. What would our nation be like if all God’s people changed their bad attitude and stepped into positive action?

That got me thinking about what I could do as a wife and mother. Like many others, when I want to accomplish something, I need a practical action plan. Men don’t go to war thinking “who cares what the enemy is planning, we’ll just let the cards fall where they may” kind of sissy attitude. They have military strategies. They study the enemy and know their weaponry. They have a plan of action. [product id=”1233″ align=”right” size=”small”]

Here is my to do list:

#1 Get a biblical worldview. We are secular humanists and we don’t even know it. These days, the only way you haven’t been directly influenced by secular humanism is if you’re Amish – and we could probably learn a few things from them (ie: they’re probably laughing at us in this economic crisis). The Barna Group reports that only 19% of Christians who profess they “have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is important in their life today” and who “are certain that they will go to Heaven after they die only because they confessed their sins and accepted Christ as their savior” — hold a biblical worldview. Even if you love the Lord with all your heart– statistically, it’s very likely you do not have a biblical worldview. It is imperative we get one. Get some materials from places like AmericanVision, Strategic Christian Services, and GaryNorth.

#2 Get married and have a family. Atheists can do this too, so it is imperative that we hold a biblical worldview with which we approach every thought, action, decision and idea within the family unit. Why have a family? It is the backbone of society. That is why when you delve into the roots of socialism, you find the strategic intent to destroy Christianity and the family. Do we want a biblical society? Start by having a biblical family. I believe there are very few who have the “gift” of singleness. Find a good mate. Use wisdom. Pop out some kids. Raise up godly, clear-thinking Christians who will take dominion as God commands.

#3  Have children, and if possible, lots of them. The Bible doesn’t suggest that we “be fruitful and multiply”, it commands us to. Having one or two kids is not multiplying; it is not growing the population. That is barely a replacement rate. Meanwhile, the Muslim culture continues to out-populate everyone with an average birth rate of 6 per household. Get busy people. [product id=”1066″ align=”left” size=”small”]

#4  Bring up my children with a Christian, bible-based education. If we want to expand the Kingdom, do not, I repeat, do not give our kids away to the government. I cannot be so arrogant as to think I can compete with the humanistic brain washing they receive five days a week.  They are not “salt” or “light” yet, so I mustn’t be pretentious in thinking my one child is going to evangelize or survive a humanist indoctrination centre. That’s like throwing your kid in a shark-infested pool and thinking he’s a good swimmer, so he should be able to make it to the other side, no problem.  There is too much to say on this, but basically, if I am a Christian parent, a Christian education needs to be mandatory. See Voddie Baucham, American Vision Store, Exodus Mandate.

#5 Get educated in:

Basic apologetics (the defense of the Christian faith):  The Bible doesn’t require us to be experts. However, 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to have a logical answer for the hope that lies within us. The fact that most of us don’t understand logic and reason is beyond pathetic. It’s apathetic. There are some great resources out there for some basic training and education. There are even audio books, so no one has an excuse to be a dumb Christian anymore.

Basic theology: We have a problem. There are atheists that understand our Christian history and theological background better than we do. It is a skewed and distorted version, but it is sad that they know more than many of us. And because we don’t know our own presuppositions (or what that even means), they are formulating new and absurd arguments daily that we can’t refute. That is not good. Not good at all. So learn about presuppositions and learn some basic orthodox Christian doctrine and theology – and even more importantly, why it is truth.

Basic evangelism: I need to learn how to witness. Not hand out a tract, I mean how to present the gospel in a real conversation with people I meet. We don’t see much street witnessing these days since the seeker-sensitive church movement arrived. Instead of telling people that they’re going to hell if they don’t repent, we give them a cappuccino and sing a Beatles song at “church”.  My goal is to learn of the most prevailing religions and cults in my city (where I am it would be atheism, Sikhism, Mormonism, J W’s, etc) and be well read enough that I can carry a conversation with them and understand what it is I am dealing with. I would love to see churches offer classes on the religions in their community and teach their congregations how to talk and witness to their community. Churches ought to teach basic apologetics as it is a good foundation for evangelism.

After I become educated in these things, I need to make sure I’m doing all that I can to raise our kids to understand the points I mentioned.[product id=”1180″ align=”right” size=”small”]
And finally,

#6  Women, get back in the kitchen! Just kidding. Know your feminine role.
I believe the discipling of the nations will happen quickly when women go back to being women, with joy and celebration. When there is family harmony within a biblical context, and husbands love their wives and are leading as the Bible outlines, societies change. Governments change. Children are back in the hands of their own parents and that affects everything. Yes, sacrifices must be made to make this happen, however, we are in a time that if we want our grand children to live in a nation free of slavery and persecution, it is crucial that we make these sacrifices now.

When we as the church finally have a biblical worldview, a victorious eschatology, a rock-solid family of families, and are coming up with real solutions to problems in the world, the nations will turn their heads and see Christ as the answer for everything, including their own salvation.

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41 comments
Christopher Watkins
Christopher Watkins

I enjoyed the article but I do have a question in all seriousness in regards to being commanded to have children. First let me say I do not believe that overpopulation is a legit worry. Too often people starve and live in horrible conditions due to wars, famines, economic strife, and sin in general. But with that said how does one balance the idea of having children (God commanding to be fruitful) and not desiring to have any children at all? Paul said it was better to be single than to be married solely because you could better serve the Lord more freely. I have heard it said that this same principle can be applied to married couples that choose not to have children at all. They marry and simply decide that having no children will better enable them to serve God in many different areas, even being able to be a mentor to many children as opposed to your own children all the time. A second part to it if I may ask as well. If a Christian couple does not want to physically have children because they feel that there are already so many children out there that need to be adopted is this Biblical? Lastly, what if your wife who is Christian just does not want to have children at all (regardless of her reasons). How does someone who may feel that God is commanding them to be fruitful and multiply deal with this since it is now out their own control since I am neither female nor do wish to bring children in the world that the mother would resent having.

Seriously?
Seriously?

"Have children, and if possible, lots of them.... Having one or two kids is not multiplying; it is not growing the population." RIGHT! That's because Christians who listen to the Lord's command to be good stewards of the earth recognize that 7 billion humans is far too many for one planet to sustain. The argument that we should overpopulate just for the sake of matching Muslims one for one is ludicrous. Let the Muslims overpopulate their corner of the world where crops can't grow and ocean water has to be desalinated for drinking. They'll see quickly enough why zero population growth is a noble, Godly practice, just as western nations have. There are already five billion humans too many, and time is running out to reverse the damage they've done.

Joe
Joe

So dispensationalism is akin to Mormonism? False analogy! Kingdom Now theology is played out in Bill Johnsons Church and the IHop movement, and I submit to you that this is not a perversion on Kingdom Now Theology, but the logical conclusion.

Dr. Duckenheimer
Dr. Duckenheimer

Nothing like a couple of comments to prove the article's case.

Julia
Julia

We need to pray for this presidency like never before, and for the protection of America and Israel in spite of Obama's anti-Israel, anti-America (socialist) and anti-christian agendas. It is in darkness that the salt and light truly shine and stand out, we are called for such a time as this. Referring to Jim's statement....Yes! God does talk to us, people! It may not be very wise to share such things with the general public, Jim, you will be rejected. In the last days the Bible clearly states God will pour His spirit upon mankind and Christians will prophecy and have visions and dreams. You do not need to be surprised He would give you a prophecy of the future, but be careful, don't look to others for acknowledgment. Keep your eyes on Jesus. The Bible says there will never again be an "office of prophet" as in the old testament, but there WILL be prophecy given as a gift of the spirit. Read up on the gifts of the spirit and it will encourage you and give you the wisdom to use your gift wisely. We are warned not to "throw our pearls before swine." They will be trampled on. It is not something to brag about or it will only bring you grief. God bless you!

Eric Heil
Eric Heil

I sincerely believe that dispensational futurism is Satan's masterpiece to cripple and defeat the Great Commission. We must ignore the fear, and carry out Christ's charge. Our hope does not lie with Obama or Romney, nor from the GOP, Democrats, or even the Libertarian Party. Our hope comes from Christ Jesus. The sooner we put our faith in Him — and not political parties or candidates — the better of we'll be.

Sandra
Sandra

Amen and Amen, Big Al...thanks for the encouragement...so many of the comments before yours are very similar to what I've been reading on Facebook by unbelievers who have NO HOPE. I would assume if you are reading this article you are a Christian...I was about to stop reading when I came to your comment, because the other comments were so discouraging. Again, thanks Big Al for being salt and light. God is still on the throne and was not surprised by anything that happened yesterday.

John Lofton
John Lofton

Somebody needs to tell this to Gary DeMar who faithlessly supported McCain/Palin and Romney/Ryan. John Lofton, Recovering Republican

Mark
Mark

The sad thing is, is that there will be numerous people in black churches on Sunday worshiping(?) singing, dancing, clapping in worship(?) to their entitlement "Jesus." Obama got 97% of the black vote........ really? really? Something is not right in God's church......

Tomtom
Tomtom

The DEVIL has spoken !

2WarAbnVet
2WarAbnVet

From now on we’ll be living in the post-Constitutional America. Our fellow citizens have chosen the lure of “Free Stuff” over the Rule of Law. Old Ben Franklin worried that people might someday trade freedom for security. That didn’t happen this time. Instead freedom was traded for free contraception, abortions, and cell phones. I don’t foresee anything good coming of it.

Jeff
Jeff

Election is over, now what? Pray for America!

Jim
Jim

What if I told you that the Holy Spirit revealed something to me that shocked my very being. He told me that Obama would win a second term, I asked why? because the real Obama has not been revealed yet, what do you mean the real Obama? He said that not even Obama knows who he is nor his real mission but, you will, the Holy Spirit said that the sheep will know in a short length of time who Obama is. He said this is not a fight in the natural this is a fight in the spiritual He told me that this is the time when people will not accept sound doctrine they will be lovers of them selves and not lovers of God and God will give them up to their lustful thoughts and deeds. He said that all this must happen and that many people will be deceived. He said look up for your redemption draweth nigh.

Tag68
Tag68

Well, God helps those that help themselves but in this case 'color' won out so we can look forward to the beginning of the second Great Depression - he has a headstart already what with unemployment higher than ever before - but you get what you vote for and I should be sorry for saying this but I'm not, but those that voted for this loser? I hope the next job lost is YOURS then maybe you will vote for what is best for this country instead of a black guy just because he's black! May the blue bird of happiness poop all over your birthday cake!!

ilovecolor
ilovecolor

I just want to say thank you for such a well thought out article. It is hard to understand why such an unjust cold hearted person could be re-instated, but if it is just a time in the belly of the whale to protect us from something worse, and to re-direct the country, then so be it. How big is our God? May the light shine brighter than ever as the darkness increases. And may we gain in life a position that causes those who are afraid in the dark to want to ask us to tell them the hope that is within us. When all is shaken, may we be found standing strong- In HIM.

Big Al
Big Al

Election Over,,,What about God? The National election is now over and you may be saying my guy LOST!!!!.... or even my guy WON!!!!! Now what? I was praying about that last night as I was seeing the events unfold and the results begin to tell the story. While I do indeed have personal feelings about what happened, I believe God began speaking to my heart. His voice ringing in my mind…… I Am. Regardless of what happens in life, God is and will be. Despite my circumstance, God says I Am. (There is a Christian power metal group (not scream) called Theocracy. They have what I would consider an epic song entitled, I Am. It can be heard on YouTube). This morning I began praying about what God would have me share with people. And He brought me to John 1:1-5. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a] it. John 1:1-5 (NKJV). This passage reveals several encouragements that we can take to heart. 1- We can be encouraged by knowing God is eternal. Our encouragement begins with God. Genesis 1:1 says,” In the beginning God…” John 1:1 says “in the beginning was the Word”…. Can you see the parallel?...From the very beginning of time and so was God’s Word. The “Word” is used in direct reference to Christ Jesus; thus from the very beginning of time as we know it, Jesus was and is and will continue to be. Nothing in life can change who Christ is. He is eternal. 2- We can be encouraged by knowing we are God’s Creation. Verse 3 says all things were made by Him. Genesis 1:26 says …”Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” God created us!!! In His image he created us. In Jeremiah 1:5 God tells Jeremiah…”Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Since we are God’s creation, He know us personally. 3- We can be encouraged by the Spiritual life we can have in the Word…. In Jesus. John 1:4 says, “ In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” In Jesus there is life. That life brings to us a gift should we believe in Him. When He enters our life…. Our heart He sheds light…. That light brings a warmth, and a glow, and joy that the world cannot understand. Jesus told His disciples at the very end of book Matthew “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Take Heart friends. If you know Jesus personally as Lord and Savior, He is with you always. The election does not change who Christ is. He is the Great… I AM!!!!

Jay
Jay

The population bomb theory is false. If you take all the ppm in the world and give them an apartment that matches he average size apartment in NYC they would fit into a space smaller than Montana. We are now where near the limit of the earth. As he other poster said, God made it this way.

J.A. Williams
J.A. Williams

If you think the world cannot sustain all the life God gives it, you have bought the kool-aid of the atheistic materialists. It's like saying God is so stupid he made a planet that couldn't sustain the life he created for it. Baloney!

Mark
Mark

Julia, The "last days" occurred in the 1st century!!! Stop spreading the false hope of people being raptured sometime soon

Big Al
Big Al

thank you!!! and be blessed.

Dr. Duckenheimer
Dr. Duckenheimer

I totally agree with this article as well. However, you bring something to mind. If our future worldview is so important when it comes to our decision making, then how come Dr. DeMar, who teaches a preterist view, still made the mistake of advocating Romney? Could it be simply a glitch in a man's decisions; therefore, not contributed to the future worldview factor? That is, is the future worldview factor is prevalent just not in this case?

Arrow
Arrow

"Our fellow citizens have chosen the lure of “Free Stuff” over the Rule of Law." True, but that did not happen yesterday. It was decided with the nomination of Mitt Romney, a socialist and a loser all in one.

Julia
Julia

Yes! God does talk to us, fellow Christians! It may not be very wise to share such things with the general public, Jim, you will be rejected. In the last days the Bible clearly states God will pour His spirit upon mankind and Christians will prophecy and have visions and dreams. You do not need to be surprised He would give you a prophecy of the future, but be careful, don’t look to others for acknowledgment. Keep your eyes on Jesus. The Bible says there will never again be an “office of prophet” as in the old testament, but there WILL be prophecy given as a gift of the spirit. Read up on the gifts of the spirit and it will encourage you and give you the wisdom to use your gift wisely. We are warned not to “throw our pearls before swine.” They will be trampled on. It is not something to brag about or it will only bring you grief. God bless you!

Inventor64
Inventor64

The real BHO is Barry Sortoro. May be Satan???

Mark
Mark

Jim is not a preterist (full)........ he believes in an open canon of scripture....

Arrow
Arrow

"What if I told you..." I'd not bother to listen to much else of what you said, and I'd also understand why you were Romney supporter.

Len
Len

Are we to accept your pronouncements as having the same authority as Scripture? If your revelation was truly direct from the Holy Spirit, then it must be inspired, inerrant and infallible as all other Scripture is. You say, "He [the Holy Spirit] told me... Doesn't this carry the same weight as when the prophets stated, "thus says the LORD"? Will you please tell us how you came to be called as an inspired prophet?

Sam
Sam

I'm sorry, Jim, but because of what Hebrews 1:1-2 teaches, I don't believe the Holy Spirit revealed to you that Obama would win a second term. Much of the rest of what you said is revealed by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God to all of us, and so it is credible. But I simply can't believe that God gave you a direct heads up on the election results.

Seriously?
Seriously?

I have no use for skeptics when scientific facts have been proven 3,000 times over. And laws will be the only way the human race can save itself, unless God chooses to intervene.

hobart100
hobart100

Check out the documentary called "Cool It" by Bjørn Lomborg. He's the skeptical environmentalist guy. He quells many of the alarmist scares with actual facts while not denying that we have a problem to deal with. All hope is not lost as many would have you believe who just want to pass laws to control people.

Seriously?
Seriously?

hobart, I like your idea of adopting those who already exist rather than adding more to that number. But as for new methods of farming and water supplies, we've broken the climate, and drought and pestilence will be the new norms. Crops and water supplies both depend on rain, which is less likely to fall with every degree we turn up the global thermostat. Here is the future: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwELajFteTo

hobart100
hobart100

Seriously? Have you ever looked into new methods of farming, water purification, urban design, and possible energy sources? it is entirely possible that the earth could sustain many more people. Having said that though, I must say that there are plenty of orphan children right here in America that could be placed in Godly homes and trained up in the way they should go where we don't need to "pop" out 6 kids per household. I also believe that many of those muslim born children will not remain faithful muslims and will even convert as Christian get their crap together and remember that their faith should be in Jesus and His Kingdom and not in a fallen world system and whatever elected leader happens to be in office.

Seriously?
Seriously?

So I should listen to an anti-abortion web site founded by a priest in order to get my scientific facts straight? No thank you; the testimony of thousands of scientists who've proven how we're already consuming the equivalent of five Earths is enough for me. And Jay, you are talking only about physical space that a human body takes up. Now add the farmland needed for each person, and the forest, and the animal grazing land, and the fresh water reserves, and the ores and raw materials for the products we use, and you're way past Montana. You're somewhere on Mars... which is the point. I will pray that each of you are able to see the truth some day before it's too late.

Seriously?
Seriously?

It's this simple, J.A. - lock 20 people in your living room, which has a set size and cannot expand. Then add 40 more of them. Then 80 more. Then 160 more. Then 320 more. Oh, look, you and all of your guests died of starvation, dehydration, and lack of oxygen way back at the 100+ mark. Unless you're expecting God to suddenly expand Earth to 10-15 times its current size, everything you've said is the baloney here.

Mark
Mark

J.A. Stop drinking the Kool-Aid!!!!

J.A. Williams
J.A. Williams

ALL the days since Jesus came are The Last Days....

Arrow
Arrow

Yes, yes, of course, and you further document the problem to Abraham Lincoln, then further. But I meant within the context of this election cycle.

jude
jude

No, it happened when LBJohnson was president to keep the blacks voting democrat for free entitlements and that is where they have stayed and voted, people with no motivation except to walk to their mailbox and pick up their entitlement check stays poor.