The election of 2012 was a test of moral obedience. Being a former political operative (Tallahassee) and pollster (Chicago), I knew Romney did not have a chance. But I didn’t know I would feel morally jilted—I did the right thing, but I was not satisfied.
When you vote for what is right, instead of who will win or what fattens the wallet, it tests your integrity. Mine was tested again this recent Tuesday night watching the returns. I wanted so much to be on the “winning” side. Then, it hit me. I am. Let me tell you what turned me around…
It wasn’t the defeat of the candidate for whom I voted in 2012, Romney, even though I’m a registered Democrat. It wasn’t our current return to the political status quo—aka political stagnation? It was the Biblical immorality expressed in new ballot initiatives about denying rights to unborn people, equating marijuana with recreation, and denigrating marriage as a God-gifted covenant.
- It is immoral to kill unborn people (Jeremiah 1:5). God has a plan for those in the womb even if we can’t hear their cries. The deaf are we who hear not their cries. God is not deaf.
- It is immoral to approve a drug whose primary goal is intoxication (Proverbs 23:20-21). Sure, marijuana can have positive effects for those seeking pain relief. But, do we really need another cause for DUI? Yes, it’s “positive” —provided you don’t drive, think, work, or behave under its influence. And, it is potentially immoral for the rest of us to pay for its abused uses and their effects on the health care system, or on our fragile families.
- It is blatantly immoral to tolerate, much less approve, that which is evil and call it “good” (Malachi 2:17). Sensitive to being labeled “intolerant,” and feeling appropriately culpable for its own hyperactive sexual promiscuity, the heterosexual community has upgraded cultural tolerance to conspicuous approval of homosexuality in general and homosexual marriage in particular. Homosexuality is no more a sin than adultery, yet we wink at one and embrace the other. We humans are an odd lot.
Sure, I sound out-of-touch and muddle-headed, but there is a reckoning. You see, we’re watching a great game being played out on the world stage. It’s exciting, and sad. It’s tragic, and pleasing. It’s lovely, and repulsive. BUT, we know who wins.
“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns … He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.” [Revelation 19:11-13]
When the Lord of lords and King of kings wins, we win.