So, apparently now’s the time to lose it. According to every "evangelical" talking head, today is the worst day in american history. If Obama was elected, we might as well all move to Canada, right? I mean, Barak’s more powerful than God now.
I must be in the minority here among my evangelical family, but I’m not as concerned. In fact, I’m even optimistic. You see, I firmly believe that what the American church needs is a punch in the neck. By that, I mean some good old fashioned persecution. And I’m pretty sure Barak’s the guy we need for that. Some might argue that persecution is bad. I would say that the ONLY way the church has grown in all of history, is during great persecution. Look at the early church, when millions of christians were horrendously slaughtered and burned, and they all sang songs praising God that they were counted worthy of suffering for Christ. Look at China, Korea, Burma, really anywhere other than America. Our safety is killing us. Our prosperity is destroying us. Our freedom of religion has crippled us into thinking that Christianity is easy. It’s supposed to be hard work. Everywhere else it is. It’s supposed to consume all our time and energy. Everywhere else it does. But, here in America, we sit in our safe homes, watch safe PG movies made by christians, use safe language, over eat every day, and go to church on sundays. In the words of a wise man – when we get to heaven, and stand before God, and we tell of how "hard" we had it, and all that we filled our time with – God will inevitably say, "Well, that didn’t make me look very good. You should have done more with the time that I gave you. You should have made me look like the all-satisfying God that I am." And then we’ll realize that we’ve wasted our life. I pray that persecution comes for all of us, because we’re told to – "Count it all joy when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness, and let steadfastness have its full effect that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." (James 1) Isn’t it ironic that the very thing we spend our whole lives avoiding (persecution) is the very thing that we need.
Hopefully we’ll get there. Sooner rather than later.