What now?

Earlier today, three important events unfolded:

  1. President Trump addressed large crowds at the "Save America March;"
  2. Congress was scheduled to vote to certify the Electoral College votes for president and vice-president;
  3. Both Democrat candidates are expected to win today's Senate runoff election in Georgia.  

To get straight to the point: it's a dark day in our country.

Why?


Because it means Democrats will have total control over the House, the Senate, and the Presidency. That means they now have the power to pass the Equality Act, pack the Supreme Court, pass the Green New Deal, accelerate taxes, increase government overreach, and continue attacks on our precious pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious liberty values. 

So what now?

First, we pray.
The starting point for all our business—be it in politics, in person, or in profession—is to pray. In prayer, we orient ourselves and our hearts to God. And so we pray: Lord, you are worthy of all praise and adoration. In the good times and the bad. You are ever faithful, and instruct us—as your children—to come to you especially in times of conflict. Thank you for allowing us to live in a nation where—even as fractured as ours—power transitions without the violence marked by so many other states and histories. We recognize that the election did not go our way, and while a great loss politically, we know ultimately you do not lose. We work out of worship and joy, knowing your results are already promised in the here to come:

"10 And so, when Jesus’ name is called,
    the knees of everyone should fall,
        wherever they’re residing.
11 Then every tongue in one accord,
    will say that Jesus the Messiah is Lord,
        while God the Father praising." (Phil. 2:10-11)

Second, we work. Even after all the hard work we put in last year for the 2020 election, we didn't stop working after November 3rd. Even over this past weekend, while many were resting and celebrating the New Year, we were jointly sending buses of supporters and doing everything we could on the ground in Georgia. And in spite of the results, we will continue working. There is a reason why first you pray, and then you work. Prayer not only orients your mind, but lifts your hands. It frees them from the shackles of result and allows them to worship through work:

"23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters," (Col. 3:23).

Third, we don't worry. This point is the byproduct of the other two, and in such current times of trial and tribulation of special comfort. It's easy to find oneself discouraged by election results. Afterall, they have very real ramifications (we teased at some earlier, and we will live them). However, we start with prayer because it reminds us: in the end, Jesus wins ("every tongue in one accord, will say that Jesus the Messiah is Lord"). Does this mean in the here-and-now we should throw up our hands because God ultimately wins? On the contrary! God invites us to take His hand and be a part of His victory. Furthermore, He invites us to worship through work ("as working for the Lord"). When you grasp these encouraging truths, you understand why Scripture states:

"6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:7-7)


When your heart and mind is guarded in Christ—guarded in the knowledge Jesus wins—anxiety loses much of its sting. The coming ramifications of this election are no less real. However, instead of inviting dismay and worry, we should merely be sobered to them, and respond by continuing a joy whose splendor is far greater than whether our candidate or policy wins our loses. This joy is to worship the Triune God in whatever we do by working for Him. What an honor!

So what do we do now? Pray, work (harder, even), and do so freed from worry. This is why the NC Values Coalition was in Georgia this week. It's why we take on issues that others may determine are too difficult, unpopular, or doomed to be 'vetoed by the Governor.' It's why we ultimately exist: because we truly believe we are working unto the LORD in defending His values of life, family, and liberty. We're freed to work on them, but also empowered by the nature of this work, to work extra hard on them. We work unto the Lord, who rightfully expects our best.

Now—perhaps more than ever—states like North Carolina will need coalitions like NC Values to face the upcoming war against our values. Facing such giants, we need those who know how to work unto the LORD.

If you agree, we would be grateful for your continued prayers. And while you've already given so much, if you are still able, would you consider making a $25, $50, $100, or more donation today to support our important work this year?


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Blessings,

Tami Fitzgerald
NC Values Coalition

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    published What now? in Blog 2021-01-06 16:24:39 -0500