A recent blog encouraged believers to quit grieving, and quoted the Bible verse to give to Caesar (the government) what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God. That is exactly why I grieve. That the people of America, including so many ‘Christians” votes gave Caesar/government what should only belong to God. The power of life and death.
Former First Lady Barbara Bush was quoted, “”I’m tired now of the elections.” Isn’t everyone – constant phone calls not worth answering and daily mail torn and tossed without reading. Mud-slinging is only a distracter from the real issue.
Mrs. Bush continued, …”People spoke. Move on, get on with it. I want to do other things and not to be ugly.” Grief is now ugly? Numerous writers, Christian and not, seem to agree with her, urging believers to quit whining about the election results and get back to life. One said he felt appalled and disappointed that Christians are (still) lamenting about lost freedom and “seem to have pinned their eternal hope on an election”. These people are just not getting it.
When our grandson died, I was grief-stricken. It was and is an irreparable loss to our family and friends. Disease and government control refusing choice of health treatments combined to take his life, and yes, ultimately, God allowed it. Though it was years ago, I continue to grieve. But when we lost David, I did not lose hope in God. Our granddaughter Kristin recently wrote a thoughtful post of how it feels to have a reminder, a feeling of absence and loss, rip off the band-aid of healing and expose the grief again and again.
“The election is over and it seems most evangelical Christians are disappointed,” another blogger wrote. “In some cases, disappointed is not the word. Grief-stricken would be more accurate.” He could not see why we can’t simply move on.
Dictionaries define grief-stricken as: mourning expressing sorrow associated with irreparable loss.
But the election results did bring irreparable loss. Freedom never has been free. It costs. The cost is usually life. And so it is in this case – 3,000 plus daily deaths in U.S. alone “the termination of a pregnancy by the removal or expulsion of an embryo or fetus from the uterus, resulting in or caused by its death.” Worldometer.com
Grief over undeserved death should need no apology. In this election I would have voted for a doorknob to state my objection to this evil that continues in our land.
Secondly, I grieve because one of America’s two parties has chosen to remove God and thus retain no restraining influence on their worldview of selfishness. They have the freedom to live without God if they choose, but not to deny the believers’ right to live out their faith in all areas of their life. Yes I grieve over that.
Thirdly, I grieve because one young Christian couple spoke for their generation saying they believe all politicians lie, so they chose the party that offers the most economical benefit. Another Christian friend said it is sad he had to vote for a party that financially encourages and promotes abortion as birth control. Had to? Yes, he said, because he thought that party traditionally provided the most benefits for him.
I am gravely disheartened for the apparent dearth of character, idealism and righteousness that would cause any American to say with their vote, “My personal comfort is more important than the principles of scripture, our constitution, and the right to life.” Statistics say 1.4 million voters who called themselves Christians chose economics over ethics, money over morality.
I grieve too that placing life as priority may have caused some to feel that by not voting for their need, I abandoned them; that I do not care about their plight. I do care about their needs, and I grieve for the choice I had to make, but not for the choice I made.
Sadder than youth trusting man instead of God for provision and safety, is watching the youth and future of our country turning their heads from the real cost of their perceived personal benefit. It is heartbreaking.
I grieve because America fits the conclusions of Alexander Tyler: “A democracy will continue to exist up until the voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority will always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”
I am still grieving, and will continue to grieve while the killing of innocents continues, but I have not lost hope in God. If I am losing hope it is for those who do not see what a pivotal choice they have made for society, and the blood that stains the hands of all Americans who did not and do not put life first.
I grieve for this deception: that those who make and enforce abortion laws, and show no respect for the life of the innocent unborn will have respect for other life. Is someone in your family handicapped, or elderly? Will they be next regarded as dispensable, and will America turn from them? Hitler targeted homosexuals, Communists, other political dissidents, most Slavs, Jehovah’s Witnesses, dissidents, some Protestant pastors and Catholic priests, black people, the mentally and physically disabled, and others. America has already killed about 50 million – five times the number of Hitler’s holocaust with no apparent regret. (According to the Centers for Disease Control). And now our own senators want to abdicate US sovereignty, to international bureaucrats? Why would I not fully anticipate more loss?
I felt grief when America’s leader signed bills protecting his personal past, when he bypassed the Senate, the Congress and the constitution time and again, in a show of dictatorial power. I grieve America’s leader would apparently promise anything for that power.
I grieve that God allowed it, for my grandchildren may only know a country run by those who prioritize personal benefit over life and liberty for all.
Am I grief-stricken? You bet I am!
Is all hope lost? Only if I depend on America’s current leadership.
Psa. 62:10 Do not trust in oppression,
And do not vainly hope in robbery;
If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.
Psa. 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man.
Why do many Christians continue to grieve and battle Washington? This inspirational quote from Yehuda Bauer author of the history of the German Holocaust instructs us well: “Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.”