A contentious and historic Presidential election is now concluded and Barack Obama, the first black man to ever attain the Chief Executive’s office, will be sworn in January 20, 2009, as the 44th President of the United States. He has stoked great expectations of “change (http://change NULL.gov/)” for America, although we at Firm Foundation are particularly concerned about Obama’s future judicial nominations. No other decision by the new President will have such a drastic and lasting impact as this one will on constitutional jurisprudence, religious freedom, the right to life, traditional marriage, and the preservation of America’s Christian heritage.
Obama himself is stridently pro-abortion, has threatened to sign the radical Freedom of Choice Act (http://www NULL.frc NULL.org/papers/focus-on-foca), is a believer in the dangerous idea of a “living constitution,” and has indicated that he will appoint federal judges and justices that share his liberal views of law and life. Any hope that Roe v. Wade might be overturned within the next 4 years seems to have evaporated (http://change NULL.gov/agenda/women/) and, in its place, are the promises of a White House that will be hostile to life in the womb.
State efforts to legally protect the unborn likewise failed at the polls (http://www NULL.time NULL.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1856820,00 NULL.html) this past Tuesday. Colorado voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would have defined unborn children as a person under Colorado law. And in South Dakota voters again rejected an initiative to ban abortions, even though in this case it did not include abortions sought in cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother. In a similar vein, Michigan voted to approve state funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Yet hope remains even in the midst of significant defeat for values voters. Marriage amendments designed to legally protect the definition of marriage as between a man and a women yet again prevailed wherever it was on the ballot (http://www NULL.frcblog NULL.com/2008/11/marriage_wins_despite_liberal NULL.html): Arizona, California, and Florida. The California victory is particularly significant because the state supreme court in May of this year imposed same-sex “marriage” upon the state and thousands of homosexual couples got “married” in the intervening months. While the legal status of those judicially-mandated unions may be in question, California voters, however liberal the state may normally be, left no question that they disapproved of any “change” in the definition of marriage.
Our hope is not, however, in the outcomes of elections or ballot measures. Those who put absolute faith in a President or human leader are just as misguided as those who lose all hope when their candidate fails to win. Our faith must be founded on Someone who reigns for longer than a 4-year term.
In 2008, in 2012, and as in all ages past, God will reign as King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the one in whom we can trust. He never stands for election and He cannot be impeached. He is the One, the only One, and the only Way, Truth, and Life. And He never changes. I will therefore “honor the king” but “fear God” and not man. (1 Peter 2:17 (http://www NULL.biblegateway NULL.com/passage/?search=1%20peter%202:17;&version=9;).)
Whether His people are in authority in Jerusalem or an oppressed minority in a Babylonian or Roman empire, God has work for us to do. Some will help rebuild the walls, some will train the next generation, some will challenge and advise the kings of the earth. All have a task. We cannot lay down and surrender our assignments simply because the opposition has strengthened its position. No battle worth fighting was surrendered because the enemy appeared too strong. Instead we stand for the Lord even if all we have are 5 smooth stones and a sling at our disposal.
The Foundation for Moral Law remains dedicated to its task of defending the acknowledgment of God in our land, our religious freedom, the right to life, and the preservation of our Christian heritage. As we have fought for the last 4 years, so we will have our work cut out for us in the next 4. We will continue to watch, work, and fight along with you to make sure America does not change its pledge to be “one nation under God.”