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Hello Friends: 11.8.12- Election Reflection

Hello Friends,

The following is a blog post from a good friend of mine, John Amstutz. He is the pastor of the Newberg Foursquare Church. I have reprinted it and am sending it to you with his permission. I love not only WHAT he had to say, but HOW he said it. It’s everything that I want to say to us as a church following our US election. Please read.

Blessings,
Pastor John

ELECTION REFLECTION:

As I read through the chatter on Facebook and other media outlets this morning in response to the presidential election results, I was surprised and somewhat disappointed by the reactions of many followers of Jesus who now fear the end has come. Because a person with different ideology and morality sits in the White House, God, His work in us and His mission in the world is somehow threatened…really? Have we lost sight of the power, authority and glory of Jesus and His death and resurrection? Has there ever been a government, liberal or conservative, that has thwarted the move of the Holy Spirit and the advance of the Kingdom of God in the world? In my limited knowledge of history, I can’t seem to find one.

What I have seen in history and the world is that God’s purpose advances regardless who is in power. First century Christianity exploded under the oppressive rule of the Romans. The church in China has grown by millions despite a government who has worked hard to stop it. Even now, we hear reports that the underground church in Iran is rapidly expanding even though it is illegal to convert from Islam to Christianity. It seems that the more hostel the environment that Christianity finds itself in, the more it flourishes.

If we exchanged our zeal and passion for politics with a compassionate commitment to demonstrate God’s love through our lives as we follow Jesus, it really wouldn’t matter much who was in the White House. That’s the beauty of the gospel through the Body of Christ. It’s not limited or contained by leaders, nations, geography, politics or persecution. It’s driven by God’s heart to reconcile the world back to Himself through Jesus…you can’t stop that!

So when I woke up of this morning and heard the election results, I wasn’t fearful, frustrated or depressed. On the contrary, I’m excited and energized to see what God will do through His people in the next four years.

Blessings,

 John Amstutz / Newberg Foursquare

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4 Comments

  1. Wally on November 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    *hostile



  2. Ed on November 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I think most every believer would agree that God is in control. We may be on the verge of an outpouring of the holy spirit now that we are getting our eyes off of politics, God willing. However, people need time to process and morn. Our country may never be the same again and that is a huge deal to some of us. A little bit of grace should be given especially now when we look to “the church” for comfort, a thrashing of sorts is not what is in order at this time. Certainly the church should set an example and not be vicious with one another, but having a healthy discussion of next steps may be a positive way to process the damage that is not only coming, but is at our door step.



  3. Jim Giordano on November 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Pastor John,
    Thanks for sharing Pastor John Amstutz’s blog post. By doing so, you and he remind us of an important truth. “God’s purpose advances regardless who is in power.” What troubles me most about this past election was the number of folks who consider themselves Christian and yet had no problem voting for candidates who are openly hostile to protecting the unborn and to preserving a Biblical view of marriage in our society. Denny Burk, a man deeply committed to God’s Word, penned a blog post following the election as well. His begins by saying:
    “My friend Matt Anderson thinks that social conservatives have given in to “handwringing” and “freak out panic end of the world despair” after last Tuesday’s election. I think he is commenting on what he sees as a general trend among social conservatives, but he singles out me and Al Mohler in particular. Yes, Mohler and I did refer to the election as a disaster, but as far as I know there hasn’t been any handwringing on the part of either of us. Anderson has not only misread us, but I think he also risks missing the lessons of this last election.”

    This is the part though that I think brings some needed balance to Pastor Amstutz entry. It’s not that I disagree much with what Pastor Amstutz said. It’s what he didn’t say that bothered me just a little bit.

    “As a Christian, I have a special concern that believers understand that our convictions and our witness are in no way dependent upon the rise or fall of either political party. There are cynics on both sides of the aisle, and we are not hitching our wagon to either one. Our ultimate hope is in another city altogether (Heb. 13:14). But while we await that city we have the happy privilege of bearing witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. And as disciples we love our neighbors by seeking the common good of the city we inhabit now (Jer. 29:7). We can stand with others on principle for the common good, but our secular coalitions are not ends in themselves. If a political party can be more or less enlisted in the service of our cause for the common good, then so be it. If it becomes necessary to sever those ties on principle, then so be it. We stand on principle, not partisanship. Our ultimate allegiance is to King Jesus, not to the powers that rise and fall in advance of His kingdom.”

    Yes, God is in control. As you pointed out a few weeks ago, He was in control when Joseph’s brothers sold Joseph into slavery. But it was still wrong for them to sell their brother. He was even in control when Judas betrayed Him. But even while acknowledging God’s sovereingty Jesus warned his disciples about making wrong choices. He said, “The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.” And his disciples rightly were sad to see Him crucified even thouh in the long run it was for God’s glory and our salvation. So, I am sad for our country and the path it has chosen. Nevertheless,I know God has me in his hands.



  4. Jim Giordano on November 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I neglected to include a link to the Denny Burk blog post I quoted from. Here it is:
    http://www.dennyburk.com/was-the-election-a-disaster/#more-21913