The Real Mandate of the 2012 Election
So who got the mandate from the 2012 Presidential election? The clear and decisive message to act?
Not the Democrats.
Not the Republicans.
Believe it or not, it was the Christians.
Christians spent a good deal of time, money and effort reaching out to folks to try and win this election for Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate. They did so in hopes that he would ban abortion and gay marriage, two subjects that have vexed people of faith in the United States for decades. And until recently, they had held the latter at bay. However, recent years have seen more and more ground given there as well until gay marriage or a same sex civil union is now legal in 15 states.
Before I continue, let me make clear where I stand on these two issues so there is no misunderstanding.
I believe that abortion and same-sex marriages are absolutely, positively wrong in the eyes of God and are clearly sin.
I believe that Christians attempting to legislate their faith into law in a country that is not a Christian nation (and the U.S. is no longer a Christian nation, a post for another day) is not only fruitless, but absolutely and positively wrong.
How do I take that stand? Simple. Christ has NEVER forced anyone to choose Him. Believers witness to a lost soul or the Holy Spirit makes evident what the truth is and a person either chooses it or denies it. Every Christian I have ever known, met or learned about was given this choice. Why Christians want to take it away from other people escapes me.
Christians really mobilized for this election and were able to get some 30 million of their ranks to vote, with 80% going to Romney. Sadly for the GOP, there are 60 million registered Christian voters and barely half turned out.
So why didn’t Romney win? Why didn’t 30 million Christians end up making the ultimate difference?
I believe the answer is very simple: Christians strayed from the truth.
Christians strayed from the truth that Mitt Romney and his fellow Mormons deny the deity of God. From their book, The Journal of Discourses, “…God himself was once as we are now and is an exalted man and sits enthroned in yonder heavens…” (Journal of Discourses, V6, P3, 1844). That verse also is used to explain that Mormon men can also become a god as well.
Christians strayed from the truth that Romney and his fellow Mormons teach against a saving faith in Christ as the sole means of salvation. In their book, The Articles of Faith by James Talmage, justification by faith in Jesus Christ is called a “pernicious doctrine” twice and he states that it has been “an influence for evil.” (pp. 107, 480)
And finally, Christians strayed from the truth that the Mormon faith tells its members in the book The Pearl of Great Price that all other Christian groups are “corrupt” and are an “abomination” in God’s sight (Joseph Smith, 2:19).
So why did Christians hitch their wagon to Romney in this election when his personal beliefs are so diametrically opposed to their own?
The only answer is in Christian America’s second great failing of this election: apathy.
Now you’re saying, “Tim, didn’t you just say that 30 million Christians voted in this election?”
Yes. Yes, I did.
What I didn’t say and what is very obvious as I look back at it now, is that Christians only got involved in the last 6 months or so. They, like the rest of the country, only started caring when things really started getting serious. And for most of the country, that was Nov. 1.
They chose Romney because he was convenient, not because he was a man of God.
See, the reason we still have abortion and gay marriage is because Christians in America, as a whole, have been become lazy and ineffective. America has become the Laodicea of Revelations.
As a kid I heard a song by Steve Camp called “Living in Laodicea” and never really knew what it meant until now. Like the people of that Biblical city, we talk a great game as Christians. But many times when it comes right down to it, we just don’t have the time to be bothered with getting to involved. Or it might be too messy or not very i9ntersting. In some cases, getting involved might mean getting rid of something we currently enjoy – even thouygh we know we shouldn’t.
We have same-sex marriages because Christians aren’t out telling people every day that God died for them.
We have legalized abortion because Christians aren’t out telling people every day that Jesus loves them and their unborn children.
We don’t have Godly men and women running our government because Christians aren’t out every day praying, witnessing and loving people the way God told us to when He left.
If we as Christians would only live what we say we believe, abortion clinics wouldn’t be able to stay in business. 65% of those getting abortions these days say they are Christians. Take 65% of any business’ income away and they suffer greatly.
Christians, we lost this election because we aren’t doing what we were told to do. Do you realize that after becoming saved, Christ only gave us two commandments and one commission. That’s it! Three things we had to do, two of which we have to do within our own heart. We don’t even have to get out of our easy chair for them!
When asked in Matthew 22:36 what the greatest commandment was, Christ responded with, “… Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matt 22:37-40
If we’re loving the world, the world would see Him through us. We’re not mirrors, we’re more like holographic projectors! We’re supposed to be like R2D2 – storing information, interacting with those around us and showing them our “general” anytime they need the message.
And the commission?
“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matt 28:16-20
I see the words ‘making disciples’, baptizing and teaching in that passage. Funny, but I don’t see forcing or converting or guilting. I see Jesus telling us to go and tell everyone everything we’ve seen and experienced and then to let the Holy Spirit do whatever He does to bring them home.
Folks, if we think for one minute that we are going to change the world by getting involved at the last possible second so we get as little dirt on us as possible, we might as well toss it in and just not follow Christ at all. Because in doing so we become lukewarm, and Christ would rather spit us out than deal with us further.
You want a truly Christian man in the White House? Start praying for it right now. You want laws changed that are against God’s word, start praying for it right now. You want to save your brother or sister or coworker, start praying for them right now!
It all starts on our knees people. If God wants us to do something for Him, He’ll ask.
So what is the mandate of the 2012 election? It’s for Christians, “… who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.: 2 Chronicles 7:14.