It is my nature that adversity or setback motivates me. I can’t count the good things in my life that have grown out of struggle and trial. And I think there’s something in all of us, or should be, that works that way. It is the indomitable human spirit. That supernatural urge that has driven humanity to do incredible things.
I am reflecting now on many of the same things I did after Obama won his first term. That circumstances have really worked in our favor IF we are ready for true restoration and salvaging of our freedom and the rebuilding of what made us a great nation. I think we may be entering upon that trial of spirit that motivates us to do the impossible.
And just like Nehemiah rallied his people in their discouragement, I know, because we have record upon record, of God’s triumph through the remnant, that victories in history have always come through a determined minority, which we now are.
Families building walls. How does that translate to our opportunities, responsibilities? Thinking through what this election revealed about the majority of Americans, I think we have some practical counter-options:
- Reclaim our children. If we want them to think like the government, we’ll let the government educate them. If we want them to think like a Christian, we’ll educate them with a Christian worldview. That simple.
- Have children. There is power in numbers. Amen.
- We’ll lay up treasures in Heaven. Scripture says that we cannot serve two masters–both God and money (i.e. the things of the world.) Are we living this out before our children? Are we treasuring things with eternal value? Our relationships? Things that will impact the Kingdom?
- We’ll value our marriages and prioritize them above material or recreational pursuits. We’ll band together as one flesh and prove that a “three-chord strand is not easily broken”. Ecc. 4:12
- We’ll teach our children that God is our Provider.
- We’ll be ignited with a passion for sharing the gospel. Because truly, Jesus has the only answers for the problems that plague the hurting, broken and lost. They are looking, and we know where to find it.
- We’ll teach our children that we work for things we want. I wonder how many voters in this election voted for the President that would do for them what their parents have always done for them? Loving your children isn’t buying them everything they want. It is teaching them how money really works.
- We will resurrect orthopraxy. 1 John 2:6
- We will care enough to search ourselves deeply, and be willing to do more than just talk about what’s wrong. We’ll start with ourselves, our homes, and our children. We’ll be willing to do some things we formerly thought radical. We will begin to build the wall.