When Disappointment Turns to Discouragement

By:  Sterling Lacy
01/24/2013
       
When Disappointment Turns to Discouragement

Many conservatives, especially Christians, have disengaged from political battle because of discouragement. But there’s no reason to quit or be discouraged.

What patriot is not disappointed with the recent election results? The prospect of four more years of the same old, same old is enough to dampen the spirit of even the brightest-eyed optimist. Any constitutionalist has to wonder just how far outside the boundaries of the written law and moral truth we can wander before something finally snaps. Historians tell us no nation has ever slid this deep into collectivism and amorality and pulled out. Prophets of doom are claiming we are already past the point of no return.

But the gravest danger on the horizon is not coming from outside the circle of Americans fighting for less government. The gravest danger is a growing discouragement within our own ranks. Sometimes within one’s own self. Many, Christians especially, have just given up. Some believe the battle is lost: Obama and agnostics are successfully implementing laws to eliminate religious freedoms almost at will, and culturally, sex, smut, and immorality rarely ever rate public condemnation. When condemnation does happen, it is often directed at Christians, not at “wrong.” Others believe that modern events match well with biblical prophecies that indicate we are at the “end times,” the times immediately preceding the second coming of Christ. In either case they have adopted the credo, “Why bother?”

Well, I want to tell why we should bother and tell how to be effective.

Why Bother
Let me start with two reasons that Christians should get involved. First, absent action, things can always get worse. Isaiah 5:13 teaches that a nation can be taken into captivity because the people, even God’s people, lack knowledge and understanding. As government power rises, so inevitably does oppression. Take for example government mass murder in Cambodia, Russia, Germany, China, Guatemala, Uganda, and elsewhere, as well as Europe’s increasing use of “hate speech” laws to persecute Christians in those nations.

Assuredly, America’s first president would concur. A statement attributed to George Washington that encapsulates his view is: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” Benjamin Franklin, too: “No man’s life, liberty or property is safe as long as the legislature is in session.”

Second, since, as it says in Matthew 25:13, “ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh,” Christians must not shirk our responsibility to help fulfill God’s plans on Earth as long as we are needed. In the manner of our Founding Fathers, let us do our duty to God and trust Him to provide miraculous results.

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