"We Can't Believe It!"

Like most Americans, we watched the United States presidential election returns on TV last Tuesday with great interest. We followed the results for a few hours that showed the race to be close and tight all along. Then suddenly, the newscasters declared that President Barack Obama had won Ohio. One of the analysts made the statement, "Well, that's the election."

Then the TV programmers put up a full screen statement, "Obama is Re-Elected!" Immediately we responded, "We can't believe it!"

We American Christians had hoped for, prayed for, and expected a different outcome. We were overwhelmed with disappointment and disbelief. We were strong and reasonable in our desire for the conservative challenger Mitt Romney to defeat the liberal incumbent president Barack Obama.

Even though Obama has declared that he is a Christian, in our judgment he has been probably the most anti-Christian president our country has ever had. His list of anti-Christian declarations and actions is long. It especially includes his weak support for Israel and his strong support for Islamic nations and peoples. We could not believe that our nation with our predominant Christian population could put this anti-Christian man back in office.

We could not believe that a majority of our people could be blinded by Obama's obvious deceit and lack of truth concerning his accomplishments in office. We could not believe that a majority of our U.S. voters could overlook all of his failures during his term and still vote for the man to continue as our president.

Have the people been blind to the terrible negative developments in our economy; to the great increases in prices on gasoline, food, and everything else; to the increase in joblessness and unemployment and the effects on struggling families; to the staggering increases in our national debt; to the dictatorial ways in which he has governed by ignoring the Congress and issuing unapproved executive orders?

In foreign affairs, have the American people been blind to his bowing to Muslim leaders; to his offering excuses for United States actions in regard to Muslim nations; to his most recent failure to provide requested security for our U.S. Ambassador in Libya who was murdered by Muslim terrorists, then officially lying about it and covering up his failure?

And that's not all. Don't forget to figure in Obama's overall coolness toward Israel, including his snubs of Israeli Prime Minister during two of his visits to the United States, and his failure to ever visit Israel during all of his travels and visits as president to Muslim nations. Isn't Israel the country that is known to be America's number one friend and ally in the Middle East? Although Obama has made a few positive sounding statements of support for Israel, his actions speak louder than his words. Israelis know that he only made those positive statements to try to hold on to Jewish votes in the presidential election. It is no surprise to us that Obama's approval ratings among Israelis is even below ten percent.

Hindsight gives us so many things to think about concerning the election. Probably the main factor in this unexpected outcome, as we Christians see it, is our national media bias. It is no secret that all of the mainstream U.S. television networks, except for the Fox Cable News channel, were acting as cheer leaders for Obama during the election campaign. While Fox News definitely holds to more conservative views and claims the largest individual station audience, the audiences of the six or seven liberal networks together greatly outnumber the audience of the one conservative network, which amounts to greater liberal influence on the voters.

Some reports say that Obama spent more than one billion dollars on TV ads, mostly for negative ads trying to tear down Romney and paint him as a terrible person who would ruin the country. Obama could not campaign positively on his own negative record, so he concentrated his millions on negative ads against his opponent, mainly in the dozen or so "swing states," which were deemed critical for victory. Many were agreeing that no one had ever run such a negative presidential campaign in all of U.S. history. And most of the ads were dishonest and deceitful. But it looks like it worked. Obviously, too many voters believed the deceit and not enough voters rebelled against the negative tactics.

The next day most TV networks came up with demographic breakdowns of the voting. It was the blacks, the Hispanics, the young people under 30, and single women who voted overwhelmingly in favor of Obama.

A Fox News analyst was quick to point out that many of these people are ones who are "receiving stuff" from the government, that is, those of the 47 million Americans who are on welfare and receiving food stamps and other assistance.

Another analyst cited that there are probably about ten million Muslims now in the U.S., including several million Arab immigrants from the Middle East, along with several million Farrakhan related black U.S. Moslems, who undoubtedly voted 100 percent for the Muslim leaning president.

As Christians, we are asking ourselves, what does this election result say about our country? Does it tell us something about our country that we did not know before? One analyst said that the U.S. can now be defined as an "entitlement culture." The people who are "receiving stuff" from the government now seem to be ruling the country. These happen to be the people who pay no income tax to support the government, but who only take from others to support their entitlement mentality and lifestyle.

Another analyst suggested that perhaps we are no longer "a Christian nation." The nation was certainly founded upon Christian values and principles, and these principles controlled our country's culture and life for two hundred years. But now we have expelled God from our public schools, kicked Him out of our colleges and universities, removed Him from our courthouses, and separated Him from our governments. We have watered down our First Amendment rights of freedom of religion and freedom of speech, and we have tried to silence our Christian preachers from preaching against certain national sins. We have even seemed to allow greater freedom of religion to Muslims than we do to our Christians.

On the other hand we have installed secular humanism as our national religion and taught atheistic evolution as truth in our schools. We have allowed our national entertainment media to run roughshod over our traditional righteous values, and we have honored these entertainment figures as heroes and national role models. We have legally allowed the killing of millions of unborn babies every year, and we are now in the process of approving diabolical homosexual marriages. Is it any wonder why so many think we are no longer a Christian nation?

Another question we Christians are asking is, what does this election mean for America's future? What can we expect in another four years of Obama? Most analysts have been saying that we can simply expect more of the same. That is, more inflation with higher gasoline and food prices, more taxes, more regulations, more welfare, more national debt, more deceit from the White House, and more government gridlock. We need to add, more anti-Israel bias and more pro-Muslim activity. We Christians will not be surprised to see more anti-Christian activity, also.

We would not be surprised if we get not just more of the same, but more of even worse. Obama will not be restricted by any conduct relating to running again, so he will be more free to boldly exercise his liberal, socialistic philosophy. We hope that a more conservative House of Representatives will be a strong enough deterrant to the complete demeaning of our traditional American values.

One more question comes to our Christian minds. Our Bible tells us that our God not only instituted human government, but that He also has something to do with putting people in leadership positions, as well as with putting them out. How does God figure into this re-election of Obama? This is a hard question for us to find answers.

The Bible does tell us that "in the last days, perilous times will come." These perilous times will lead up to the rise of the Anti-Christ and the beginning of the Great Tribulation period, but also to the rapture of the Christian church. That means things are going to get worse before they get better. Is this election a step in the direction of the fulfillment of these last day prophecies? Then too, Christians, Jews and Muslims all are looking for the coming of a Messiah. Many Americans are thinking of Obama as a "Messiah" figure, citing his personality and charisma. Could they possibly be right?

While most Christian leaders agree that God is in control, many also believe that God gives us leaders that we deserve. That is, since our society and culture have drifted so far from our traditional Christian principles and values, God will give us leaders who will fail to uphold those values, also. Look at the nations all around the world, and where do you see strong Christian presidents and prime ministers? Since most of the world is anti-God, so are its leaders.

So what can we Christians now do? We believe we must continue to live by our great Biblical and Godly Christian principles and values, regardless of all opposition and difficulty. We must continue to exercise our responsibility to be "salt and light" to our societies and cultures. We must brush ourselves off and continue to fight for righteousness to exalt our nation. We must continue to faithfully love and serve our country, this country that our God has established and which He has blessed and prospered more than any other country in the history of mankind.

We Christians will not give up on America! We will still sing and shout, "God Bless America."