We Got What We Wanted
I am very proud of my Christian and Conservative friends and how they responded to the disappointing outcome of this year’s elections. What I perceived from them was not a spirit of bitterness or blame-shifting. Rather, much of what I heard and read displayed a sense of genuine hope, honesty, and determination. Obviously, we would have liked a different outcome with a different President. But if we’re truthful with ourselves and our beliefs, that’s not what we really need.
While I believe Mitt Romney could have led our country well in many respects, I am nevertheless realistic at our prospects. It’s impossible to know now, but I reckon that having Romney in office would do precious little to stave off the rising tide of extreme social liberalism. Why? Because a democratic Republic is by the people and for the people; and the people of the United States, by and large, are set on their course. John Adams is often quoted as saying, “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Yet despite claims to the contrary, 21st century Americans are an immoral and irreligious people. In the words of Jesus, we are an “adulterous and sinful generation” (Mark 8:38).
Though conservatives have scoffed at Obama’s assertion that Washington can’t change from the inside, it’s actually true! And having strong, moral conservatives in office can do nothing to perpetuate a moral society on a people who don’t want a moral society. There are enough Americans who will buck up against such leadership until that leadership capitulates or until they can elect new leaders who will promote their views.
The late Charles Colson wrote in 1989’s Against The Night: “We must remember that in a democracy, people get the government they deserve.” He went on to say, “American politics simply mirrors the loss of character in the American people. If the citizens are not willing to put the civic good above their own, they can’t expect their leaders to do it for them.” In the quote’s context, Colson addressed a mentality among Americans that was “either totally illogical or completely selfish.” The polls of that day showed that a wide majority of Americans favored increased spending on government programs and that roughly the same number opposed higher taxes. Bearing witness to this fact over 20 years later, Mike Huckabee wrote on his Facebook upon the announcement of Obama’s decisive victory: “Tonight’s results only remind me that our country has slipped into a deeper state of dependence on government than I wanted to believe. Where the Goliath of government has grown, so too has our dependency.”
One could argue that we voted for the candidate who promised us the most “stuff”—free love, free welfare, free birth control, and the like. But I think it’s deeper than that. The fact of the matter is, Americans believe in Obama. They desire his vision. They share in his values. And still others who don’t agree with his values are willing to acquiesce in the name of affordable healthcare.
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