Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Post-Election Analysis 2006

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God." - Jesus of Nazareth (John 3:16-21)

This is a day of mourning, a day of hope, and a day of resolve.

I do not have time at the moment to provide my complete election analysis, but suffice it to say that the American people have shown themselves to disregard the counsel of Scripture.

Colossians 2:8 says, "See to it, that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy which depends on human traditions and the basic principles of this world, rather than on Christ."

And now, the day after the Democrats take control of the House and even up the Senate, Hamas has effectively declared war on America and Israel - calling on Muslims throughout the world to commit themselves to jihad - the destruction of Israel and America. God help us.,2933,228086,00.html

And I blame the broader evangelical community who has bought into the lie that preaching the gospel while on the job is somehow inappropriate and unprofessional - thus giving up their integrity and living lives of duplicity. It is time for judgment to begin with the house of God. It is time to repent. It is time to start thinking the way the Bible commands us to think.

It is time to tear down the idols of the land. (2 Kings)

It is time to contend for the faith. (Jude)

It is time to confront sin and injustice - as Christ has commanded us. (Matthew 18:15-20, Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, 2 Timothy 4:1-8)

It is time to be strong and courageous. (Joshua 1:6-9)

It is time to get wisdom. (Proverbs)

It is time to fight the spiritual war that God has commanded us to fight. (Ephesians 6:10-20)

If you are reading this and you are not a Christian, repent and believe, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

If you are reading this and you are a Christian, then contend for the faith. Be bold. Tell other people about Jesus. Don't give in to secularism. Fear God alone. Fear no man. Live for the glory of God. Consecrate yourselves completely to His purposes. Make disciples.

We have a cultural mandate. We are to contend for the Shalom of God.

Proverbs 21:22 - "A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust."


Blogger Dan said...

This poll tells quite a story:

What is it about the majority of African Americans and women that causes them to vote Democrat?

Of course, Allen's little macaaca comment cost him the election. Bad, George! Bad!

I just wish we didn't have two bad candidates from which to choose. Any Christians with integrity out there? How about a career in politics? Just don't sell your soul.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

I just talked with my boy (who will remain unnamed) - a friendly African American Christian brotha who I see almost every day. He voted for Webb.

He is one person that I had an opportunity to gently challenge the day before yesterday to think through the issues on a deeper level, and to consider what the Scripture has to say (for he does believe in the Bible). Yet, I did not do it. I believe that, by God's grace, I could have helped this brother see that voting for Webb was a bad choice. I all but did that today when he informed me on who he voted for, and by the end of the 10 minute conversation, he was telling me how right I am.

So, I'm as much to blame for the results of this election as anyone. In a race so close, if only 8000 Christians had convinced one woman or minority citizen to reject the Democratic platform, Webb would have lost.

Seriously, do you have ten minutes? I'd like to present an argument.

Oh well. Time to set our sights on 2008. And this time, I will be more feisty.

When people have great ideas, they really should share them. How ridiculous to let people go through their lives unenlightened! How disrespectful! If you have wisdom, speak! Lead! People are unashamed to sell everything under the Sun (viagra, new cars, credit cards, cell phones, computers, tools, products, education, etc). Sometimes people will give their sales pitch for a product that is immoral just to make money. Often people will give their sales pitch because they believe in their product or service or idea, because it is a good product or idea.

So, we who have good ideas, shouldn't be timid or ashamed to share them - to make our pitch - to persuade people of the truth. But somehow, I so often find myself hesitating because it has been deemed offensive or politically incorrect to persuade people on politics and religion?

Dear God, I repent for my timidity. I now commit to put my hand to the plow without looking back. Forgive me for letting the world cause me to second guess you - even in the slightest of ways. You are the Maker of Heaven and Earth. You alone are to be feared, loved, and served. You are worthy of all praise, honor, and glory. You are worthy of all devotion. You and no other; you and no other. There is no God like you, and there is no one who can save besides you. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.

Speak to your people, O Lord. And bring down your judgment on those whom you are pleased to judge - that many would see and fear and put their trust in you.

1:50 PM  
Blogger MarcoConley said...

Mhahah! the reign of terror is over.

It's ridiculous how many votes Allen got, but at least he lost. Apparently it's time to say,"Welcome, Mr. Allen, to America, and to the real world of the 21st century".

And to think-- that guy was the #1 republican frontrunner for the '08 presidency!

"What is it about the majority of African Americans and women that causes them to vote Democrat?"

Oh, probably the fact that all the racists and sexists are republicans. True, not all republicans hate blacks and not all republicans believe women should "gracefully submit" to men. But when you find someone who does believe those things, you know they're going to be voting Republican-- and that oughta tell us something.

5:20 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

"Mhahah! the reign of terror is over."

Please tell me that you are not that naive. Did you miss the fact that just yesterday Hamas is calling on Muslims everywhere to kill Americans? Do you think if we pull out of Iraq, that terrorists will just leave us alone?

No... clearly you were talking about Republican terrorists. That's what's so wrong with you. By your own admission, you don't take terrorism seriously; meanwhile, they are coming for us. You can stick your head in the sand and shout, "Republicans are terrorists! But their time is done!" all you want. That's not going to stop the real terrorists from coming and killing.

Wake up to reality, dude.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

One of the worst repercussions of this election is how this election will affect the Supreme Court.

If one of the current Supreme Court justices retires or dies within the next two years (and I should point out that several of them are getting old), there is no way the Democratic controlled Congress will let George Bush appoint another justice of the John Roberts/Samuel Alito/Antonin Scalia stripe. Not that I am a huge fan of these men who have apparently bought into the creeds of secularism, but I prefer them over the Ruth Bader Ginsburg types of justices.

For this reason, the 2008 election is going to be huge - both the Presidential election and the Congressional election. It can all but be guaranteed that if Bush does not appoint the next Supreme Court Justice, the next President will. If Bush does appoint the next Supreme Court Justice, then abortion will be legal for a long time, because Congress will force Bush to appoint some femi-Nazi like Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And Bush will give in - at least somewhat.

So, I hope and pray that John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Antonin Scalia stay healthy over the next two years. Replacing any of those men with a justice that would receive the approval of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer is a terrifying prospect.

I hope and pray that America will wake up and hunger and thirst for righteousness. If God's people rise up, get educated, gain wisdom, and contend for righteousness and justice, then in 2008, we can take control of Congress and the Presidency. We can effectively appoint the next Supreme Court Justice. We can overturn Roe.

But if the leftist, secular progressives win the 2008 election, then the Supreme Court is going to be firmly established in the hands of godless, secular, pro-choice, pro-gay, socialist feminists.

And if that happens, then the big losers will continue to be the unborn.

Of course, the other way to overturn Roe is to elect a Congress that will amend the Constitution. We can and should attack abortion from both flanks. The Constitution should be amended to outlaw abortion (except in the very rare case where the woman's health is severely threatened) and Supreme Court Justices should be appointed who will uphold the amended Constitution. But in the meantime, it should be pointed out that the current constitution does not deny the unborn the right to life. Roe was not rightly decided to begin with.

2 Chronicles 7:14 - "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land."

10:14 AM  
Blogger MarcoConley said...

I'm more afraid of a totalitarian US government than any terrorist. Bin laden doesn't have the power to tap every phone in america-- Bush does. bin Laden doesn't have the power to cease anyone and lock them up and torture them without even having to get a court's approval-- Bush has that power now. Bin Laden doesn't have a concentration camp that torture people right now-- Bush does. bin Laden doesn't have nuclear weapons. Bush does-- maybe enough to end all human life on earth.

Certainly, bin Laden would be a worse president that Bush-- but bin Laden is hiding in a cave, and Bush is the most powerful human in the world. I'm way more scared of him than I am of bin Laden. You should be too. On tuesday, we saw a would-be dictator turned into a lame duck. America, and the world, are safer as a result.

11:03 AM  
Blogger MarcoConley said...

I think my last post broke some a record for most spelling and grammar errors ever. :) I really must start reading these things before I post them.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Dan said...


No worries about the spelling and grammar errors, mate. If I ever do publish a book of The Rantings of Marco and the Jesus Freak, I'll be sure to edit. And don't worry. By edit, I mean making spelling and grammar corrections, not changing the message.

I'm more concerned about Nancy Pelosi than I am about George Bush. But I'm most concerned about radical Muslims taking over. I fear that in the name of defending civil liberties (mind you, not the civil liberties that the unborn have to life or that Christians have to preach the gospel in the schools), the important civil liberties (within the previous parentheses) are being denied, and Muslim terrorists are being empowered and emboldened. Liberals are digging our graves for us.

And they require me to pay my tithes and offerings so their religious ideas can be advanced. Not only is secularism a religion, but it is most definately imperialistic.

Having said that, torturing people is bad, and people should not be punished until they are proven guilty, and governments should get a warrant before performing a search of private property. You are right to be concerned. Unfortunately, your concerns are not balanced. But that's why you read my blog.

Thank God for the cross.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Unfortunately, you are partially right about the whole racist and sexist thing. Racism and sexism is wrong, and should be confronted wherever and whenever it raises its ugly head.

Having said that, homosexuality is wrong. Furthermore, men and women are fundamentally different. Many Republicans recognize this. Most Democrats do not. So, that means that more often than not, racists will vote Republican.

I condemn racism, but I have no problem using the votes of racists to accomplish righteous purposes.

12:44 PM  
Blogger MarcoConley said...

I condemn racism, but I have no problem using the votes of racists to accomplish righteous purposes.

Ahh, but see-- you have it backwards. It is the racists and sexists and classists who have no problem using YOUR votes to accomplish their own ends. George Allen isn't voting for you-- you're voting for George Allen.

It's not the evangelicals who are being blindly supported by the republicans-- rather, it is the
the evangelicals who suddenly find themselves supporting the republicans-- people who don't really care about the evangelical agenda at all.

The anti-gay crusader turns out to be gay. The anti-cyber-stalking crusader turns out to be a cyber stalking homosexual pedophile. Bush can give anti-gay marriage speechs all day long, but at the end of the day, the bush administration is happy to appoint gays to posts, even referring to the appointee's partner's mother as the "mother in law".

Have you noticed that every time you turn around, some conservative leader says that homosexuality or pedophilia is wrong-- they turn out to be a homosexual pedophile?

And of course, calling someone the french word for nigger, in public, on camera-- that won't stop the evangelicals from coming out for you. As long as you say the magic words "Pro-Life and God Bless America", you can pretty much do anything you want, and the christians will still vote for you obediently. lol

Racist? sure-- that's fine.
Support torture? Yeah-- that's okay.
Hang a noose in your office? History of pro-lynching comments? yeah, those are fine.

Just so long as we know you're pro-life, so we know how you'd act in a vote that will never come up, for a law that would be immediately be ruled unconstitutional, in order to protect a collection of cells that isn't even conscious.

Embryos may or may not be able to feel pain. But I know african americans can. Can you imagine what it would feel like to know that "your" representative in the Senate hated you and your race? Can you imagine what it feels like to know that over a million of your fellow citizens would STILL show up to vote for him after what he did?


2:48 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Dude, you make some good points. That's why I'm going nuts. I'm not a fan of George Allen or the Republican Party. But I hate everything that the left stands for. The Republicans at least are saying that abortions are bad and that they should be discouraged by the government. The left is saying that abortion is about women's rights, and they are proudly pro-choice. The Republicans have some hypocrisy in regards to their stances on homosexuality, but the left celebrates homosexuality.

Having said that, from what I understand, George Allen is not a racist. He slipped up and made an off-color joke, and the liberals have never let him hear the end of it.

I am not Republican. I actually registered to vote as a Christian Reconstructionist. I think, in the next couple years, I might be doing quite a bit of writing - defining the vision of the Christian Reconstructionist Party.

I am tired of being bullied around by the Republican Party, but I will never choose to be bullied around by the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, two bad options are all that are being presented to us. People are so damn partisan.

Seriously, aren't there people out there who are against the war and against homosexual marriage and against abortion? What are they supposed to do?

It is high time that all evangelicals divorce themselves from the Republican Party and contend for righteousness, truth, and justice.

Remember, before the election, I asked you to find me a candidate besides George Allen - someone who I could actually vote for with enthusiasm. But there was no such candidate.

Well, the Democrats are in office now. Let's see what they do with Iraq. They have two years to prove themselves before the next election. Of course, they might have trouble getting things done if Bush decides to veto things. But after two years, the people will evaluate what they have done and either reward them for their efforts or elect others.

And I might do a good bit of yelling and screaming about the future of the Supreme Court this next two years.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

"Bush can give anti-gay marriage speechs all day long, but at the end of the day, the bush administration is happy to appoint gays to posts, even referring to the appointee's partner's mother as the 'mother in law'."

I'm not informed. What are you talking about? Sources?

If it is true, it doesn't surprise me. Bush is soft on cultural issues. Bush always speaks about Islam in a positive light. His salvation is between him and God, but based on his rhetoric and his positions on certain issues, I do not know that he is really a Christian. "By their fruit, you shall recognize them." If he really believes in Jesus, then he should not be praising the Koran.

On the other hand, I also know that you tend to exaggerate things because of your own bias. So when you present "facts" I'm always on my guard. Your bias leads in your choosing of the "facts" to focus on and emphasize. Otherwise, you would never say such silly things like, "I don't take the war on terrorism very seriously."

4:09 PM  
Blogger MarcoConley said...

Yep-- it's true that Bush appointed an openly gay man to some post, and at the ceremony, Condi welcomed the man's partner, and referred to the partner's mother as "mother in law". All the gay haters are freakin. lol.

See what I mean? This anti-gay thing is over. Soon, the only people against gay marriage will be the same people again who oppose interacial marriage.

And really-- what is it about gay marriage that scares us so? How is a gay married couple different from an non-legally-married couple?

It's not their living together or being a couple-- nobody's stopping that. Mostly, the difference involve taxes, inheritences, and health insurance.

Personally, I think EVERYONE ought to be able to pick one person to give healthcare to. You work for it. You work just as hard as the married people. If they have a "buy one, get one free" health insurance plan, why shouldn't everyone? Lots of people's elderly parents could use some insurance. Lots of people have firends or family members that could use insurance. Gay couples obviously have spouses that could use insurance. Why stop them?

Seriously, aren't there people out there who are against the war and against homosexual marriage and against abortion? What are they supposed to do?

Yeah, I should have done more to try to find you such a party or such a candidate. Since they're not my cup of tea, I'm not that familiar with that side of politics, but I did a asked around with people who are very familar with politics to see what I could come up with. We're looking for party that is devoted to God first and foremost, and believes that scripture should be the guide for how to live a society. A party that would recognize that men and women are different, and that they have different roles to play. A party that's pro-life, and recognizes that marriage is between a man and a woman. And one that is willing to take the War on Terror seriously, and one that won't be afraid to help out the nation's allies when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Anyway, I asked around and was suggested that you look up the "Executives of Construction Party". I'd never heard of them, but I notice their name is similar to the party you mentioned. What is the deal with religious types and the word "Construction"-- I'm guessing you guys aren't referring to bricklayers and carpenters.

Anyway, I don't know if the "Executives of Construction Party" party has a chapter in VA, but it might be worth looking at-- their platform seems pretty close to yours-- I'm sure there are some minor differences between your dream party and that one, but politics is nothing without compromises.

Here's their website-- check it out:

5:09 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

"...politics is nothing without compromises."

Often, to compromise is to give the enemy ground. It is to give the devil a foothold.

When Moses met with Pharaoh, he did not disobey God by compromising. He commanded Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go. Pharaoh refused. God sent plagues.

My strategy is to command politicians to do the will of God. If they disobey me, then I will expose them, and persuade the people of the course of injustice the politicians are taking. If the people are not persuaded, I will point them to the Bible and command them to think the way God wants them to think.

Of course, I will seek to command people in a tactful way, but one of the big problems in our culture is our inability to get angry about injustice. We tend to get angry about stupid, petty things, but then we fail to get angry about the real injustices that happens in the world. Things like genocide in the Sudan....

11:56 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

On the word "construction..."

I actually have to think through this more. The Christian Reconstructionist Party already exists (although it is very small). And I am mostly on board with their theology, philosophy, and strategy. So, I registered as a Christian Reconstructionist. However, as I think about it, I don't know that I really like the word "construction." ... I have to give it more thought.

Check out Father Jonathon's reaction to the election:,2933,228378,00.html

While I may not completely agree with Father Jonathon's theology, I really appreciate his thoughts and reflections after the election. Aside from a couple minor points here and there, I thought his words were very appropriate.

12:02 PM  

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