With the post-election revelation that
"moral issues" were the highest ranked factor driving people to
the polls, many Democrats, liberals, and their friends in the media have
gotten themselves worked up into quite a frenzy.
Paul Krugman of the New York Times
sounded off after the election by writing, "President Bush isn't a
conservative. He's a radical - the leader of a coalition that deeply
dislikes America as it is. Part of that coalition wants to tear down the
legacy of Franklin Roosevelt, eviscerating Social Security and,
eventually, Medicare. Another part wants to break down the barriers
between church and state. And thanks to a heavy turnout by evangelical
Christians, Mr. Bush has four more years to advance that radical
I seem to remember many Democrats
complaining that it was the Republicans who capitalized upon the
"politics of fear," but that's a discussion for another day. As a
friend of the president and an outspoken, conservative Christian living in
the heart of what Michael Moore labeled as "Jesus Land," let me
just say that America has nothing to worry about.
Radical change is not on the way. We are not
the ones who have been trying to redefine marriage, reinterpret the
Constitution through the court system, suppress your right to practice or
not practice religion, or remove the absolute pillars of truth upon which
this nation was founded. In fact, for the first time in years, a
majority of our voting population spoke up and the message is this: the
social and moral values that made this nation great are the ones we want
for our children and grandchildren.
Chuck Colson, who understands both
politics and Christianity, astutely observed in a column entitled It's
Not Payback Time, "The reason evangelicals and conservative
Catholics voted for Bush, I believe, is because they know he shares many
of the values of middle America... We want an America that respects
moral truths and moral values, and we reject the social chaos that results
from postmodern relativism."
Our founding fathers, most of whom were
religious men, understood that institutional religion should never be
forced upon free people. But they also understood that in a free
society, spirituality should not be silenced. Prayer has been a part
of our Congress since its inception. Our greatest leaders have
always acknowledged Divine Providence. Presidential candidates have
always campaigned in churches, which also serve as polling places.
Even Senator Kerry concluded his concession speech with a prayer.
But when people of faith help put a man
into office, we do not reflexively expect something in return.
Again, Colson puts the best when he says, "I am tired of reading
articles about evangelicals voting for Bush because they want to 'get
something' from him, and I disassociate myself from anyone who says, 'Now
we voted for you, it's payback time. Give us our due.' That's what
special interest groups do, and we are not a special interest group.
We vote our conscience and what we believe is in the best general
The 2004 elections clearly shifted the
balance of power toward conservatives and the Republican Party. But
the attitude of Christians is not, "What can we take from this?"
Our attitude is, following the example of Jesus Christ, "What can we
Of course, we will continue to stand for
what we believe is true and just. But that belief compels us to take
action. In practical terms, that translates into things like feeding
the hungry, helping the poor, protecting the innocent, keeping the family
strong, fighting for equal treatment under the law, and sharing the gift
of freedom with oppressed people around the world. After raising our
hand in victory on November 2, we do not lower it to strike out at others.
We offer it, outstretched, to help those in need.
Author: James Robison
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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE
Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host
of the television program, Life
Today; and author of The
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