Nov 5, 2008

Challenging Times And The Armor Of Light

By Bill Wilson

Americans have voted a president in Barack Hussein Obama that has told them he would rather let babies who survived abortion die than put the validity of abortion in jeopardy; that he would support homosexual unions; that he would tax the entire coal industry out of business; that he believes spreading the wealth around is good for everybody; and that he believes there is more than one way to God with Christ being a historical figure who serves as a bridge between man and God. Yet the world is celebrating the progressive Americans for electing the first ever Arab African to the office of President of the United States.

But to this nation, founded under God, the election of a man with such social, political and spiritual beliefs to its highest office will have lasting and serious implications. If he is successful in leading this nation the way that he has outlined to the public, America will fall further away from its founding roots, further from its belief in God, further from holding to traditional values of family and marriage, further from embracing the founding economic principles of working hard and smart and creating wealth by pursuing the American dream-a dream that until of late has been weighted in favor of rugged individualism and significantly less government intervention.

The times ahead will be challenging for believers in Jesus Christ. Religious liberties will be pressured in all directions at a faster pace than ever before in American history. Freedom of speech will be challenged, especially in areas where the Bible is counter to the culture of homosexuality and the false religion of Islam. Persecution of those who believe the Bible could become legal through the hate speech initiatives spelled out by Obama's campaign website. And Israel will oft find itself isolated as America accelerates its pace toward diplomatic resolutions to the Middle East by direct talks with terrorist sponsoring states. These are not prophetic utterances, they are what Obama promised to do if elected.

The foundational tenets of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are about to change for every American. Patriots of the America of the Founding Fathers and citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven must aspire to boldness in the uncompromising mission of the Great Commission. Romans Chapter 13 explains how to be subject to the higher powers for they are ordained by God. Romans 13:11-12 says, "And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light." Armor, you know, is for battle. And light conquers darkness.