Post-Election 2012: How Shall We then Live?

Today's Americans have little option to flee anywhere, but perhaps we can think in a different way—one less narrow and self-referential—about what God can and will do for us if we stand pat. Perhaps, in the coming years, we will have "only" His protection covering our hearts, families, and livelihoods. We will have "only" Him to turn to for prosperity, grace, and a good name before the world.

Today, as never before, the world is watching. What happens in America will be known everywhere. Imagine that the politics of envy and resentment don't defeat us. Imagine that God's people get everything we ask for in terms of freedom, fulfilling work, blessings for our families, and the ability to bless others, especially those who are poor and in need. Imagine that an outpouring of truth, grace, and love melts the hearts of those who put all their faith in politics and the trappings of state power. Imagine that every man and woman who obeys God in this nation stands firm—unbowed, blessed, and giving blessings—through whatever storms are headed our way. Imagine that the light of America doesn't go out, but burns only brighter before the nations.

Imagine, in other words, victory, and not the mere avoidance of defeat. Imagine this victory being brought about for everyone who will accept it—but not by the managerial exertions of government. Can you imagine this outcome? I can. Our God can do anything. Imagine how He would be glorified by such an outcome before a watching world. He will not share His glory with the Republicans or the Democrats. But He does work through our hearts. We can get them turned the right direction and send our petitions to Him. Now is the time.

11/11/2012 5:00:00 AM
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    About J. E. Dyer
    J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval intelligence officer and evangelical Christian. She retired in 2004 and blogs from the Inland Empire of southern California. She writes for Commentary's CONTENTIONS blog, Hot Air's Green Room, and her own blog, The Optimistic Conservative. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
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