Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Post-Election Analysis: True or False?

My friend, Dr. Wyman Richardson, pastors FBC of Dawson, GA. He sent the following "True-False Test" to me yesterday. It is timely and very helpful in giving us perspective on the presidential election. Take the test, then ask yourself how you should respond to the election results.
  1. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, Jesus will still be King.
  2. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, our responsibilities as Christians will not have changed one iota.
  3. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, the greatest agent for social change in America will still be winning the hearts and minds of men and women through the gospel, not legislation.
  4. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, my primary citizenship will still be in this order - (1) the Kingdom of God, (2) America, not vice-versa.
  5. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, the tomb will still be empty.
  6. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, the cross, not the government, will still be our salvation.
  7. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, our children will still be more concerned with whether or not we spend time with them than with who is President.
  8. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, my neighbor will still be my neighbor, and loving him/her will still be the second greatest commandment. (Do you know the first?)
  9. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, the only way to see abortion ultimately overturned will still be winning men and women to a high view of life through the gospel of Christ.
  10. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, the only way to see gay marriage ultimately defeated will still be winning men and women to a biblical view of marriage through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  11. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, my retirement will still not match my treasure in Heaven.
  12. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, "Jesus Is Lord" will still be the greatest truth in the Universe.
  13. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, we will still know that God is in control.

18 comments:

Fusion! said...

I hope that Christians will remember the Sovereignty of God. Many of us have gathered to do something about that. You can visit us at
newreformation.ning.com

Brian said...

amen!

SF said...

Indeed!

Peter said...

1. False
2. True
3. False
4. False
5. True
6. False
7. True
8. True
9. False
10. False
11. False
12. False
13. False

Scott Gordon said...

Tom,

Thanks for posting this, my brother. God is good. His grace is sufficient. Jesus is Lord!

Sola Gratia!

Terrell Academy Chapel said...

Ok, I KNOW I'm going to regret asking this, but, Peter, are you serious?

Wyman Richardson

DoGLover said...

Tom, while I agree with the implied answers of each question, I think it would be a mistake to conclude that this election is irrelevant. Just as many men of old, like Nehemiah, repented & sought God's favor on behalf of Israel, we must be mindful of our duty & need to turn to God & seek his glory & forgiveness & blessing.

By grace,
Chris

Peter said...

Wyman Richardson,

Yes, those were my serious answers. Surely it not a surprise to you to read that some (most) people do not agree with your religious view.

Will said...

All true for all true born again believers.

However, the implied message is that the election is irrelevant.

I strongly disagre with that implication.

A radical socialist has been elected who will hasten the death of the unborn, who will hasten the secular humanist movement in this country.

Here are some true false questions people may want to consider.

Is this election a sign of God's anger and judgement on this nation?

Is it possible that people who are truely born again would vote someone who cause more and more innocent life's to be killed?

Is it possible that this election is God removing his hand of mercy and giving us what we deserve?

Will
Cedar Hill Tx

Terrell Academy Chapel said...

Peter,

Truly it does not.

Will,

As the author, that certainly isn't the implication in the least. It is a reaction to the faithless hysteria I've received through countless emails from Christians who claim Jesus as Lord.

Blessings,
Wyman

Terrell Academy Chapel said...

Correction:

Peter,

Truly it is not.

:-)

W

Will said...

Dr. Richardson

Forgive for stating I knew your "implied" meaning. I should have wrote "the implication appears to me" rather than "it is".

Having said that, while I truely agree that God is Sovereign, and truely believe that real change came only come about by faith in Jesus Christ, and in fact Romans 13 tells uS God ordains everyone in authority, I have been very discouraged by what I perceived to be a lack of courage by many Pastors and leaders to clearly instruct the people that voting Biblical values is important, and that we are all going to be held accountable one day for the votes we cast here. God does ordain the means as well as the end, no? IMO we have not accounted ourselves for "being" the means in this election.

Will
Cedar Hill Tx

Andrew J. Nicewander said...

I wonder if we'd be taking this test and asking ourselves these questions if Obama had lost bad (and if we knew he would lose bad even before the election)...

Or, would we ask ourselves these question if we as evangelicals got the "perfect" candidate elected to the Presidency...

with said...

Oooohhh, Andrew, why do you do it?

I know you!

Terrell Academy Chapel said...

I know this is old news now, but I did want to make one point.

I've received over 300 emails concerning this test over the last few days. More than a few have asked the question that's asked above: would we be doing this test if Obama had lost?

So I do feel compelled to point out this fact: I wrote and sent out this test the day before the election, the day before the polls opened. It was not a response to an Obama victory, for I had no idea who would win. It was a response to what I was beginning to feel was despair, which is a sin for Christians.

Had I waited until after the election, would I have sent it out? Yes. No doubt. I would have been just as motivated by undue euphoria over McCain as I was by undue despair over Obama.

We are to be faithful and vigilant citizens, involved in the process and working in appropriate ways in the culture.

We should be concerned. No doubt. Despair, however, is not a Christian virtue.

Wyman Richardson
www.walkingtogetherministries.com

Andrew J. Nicewander said...

Wyman, I had noticed that you had posted the test before the election, and that fact encouraged me and I thank you for posting it.

My question was more in response to our tendency as Christians to fall upon the sovereignty of God when things do not go our way, yet forget about Him when things do happen in ways that we intended. Likewise, we tend to praise God's Grace when things DO go our way, yet forget that same Grace when things do not. May God forgive our humanistic fickleness!

Terrell Academy Chapel said...

Andrew,

That's a good point. I agree.

Wyman

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