“If we ever were a moral majority, it’s hard to make the case that we are anymore. Let’s not seek to resuscitate the old civil religions. Let’s work instead for something new, and for something old: the kingdom of God, on earth as it is in heaven, gathered in churches of transformed people, reconciled to one another, on mission with one another, holding together the authentic gospel of Jesus Christ.”
~Russell Moore in Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel
This election has been scary. Like a flood light in a nasty, moldy, rodent-infested basement, it has shown us the state of our country and I think it’s safe to say most of us are pretty discouraged by it. I do believe, however, that this election is doing us one service: destroying the notion of the moral majority or the “Religious right”.
Whether you believe that the moral majority existed or not, it seems like it is now completely dead. The articles from prominent Christian authors and leaders have been gut-wrenching to read as the flounder through what a Jesus-loving person should do in this election. Pick the lesser of two evils? Trust promises that some of our moral interests might be protected if we overlook overt fear-mongering, hate, racism, and sexually-predatory attitudes?
The political outlook is bleak indeed. This bleakness might be the bitter mercy of God to kill the American idol of the moral majority. I pray that God would be freeing us from the false mission of the Church to be the moral majority.
Instead I pray the Church would seek to be like leaven or yeast, decidedly the minority, working her way subversively through our culture with love and gospel truth. And I pray that this election would turn our hearts back to the only hope we have: King Jesus.
Let your dismay, your fear, your confusion point you to Jesus this Fall. When you just don’t know what to do or who to believe or how to vote, open your bible to the book of John and behold your King, who was gentle and forgiving with promiscuous women, who washed the feet of his followers, who loved his own to the very end, to death.
Gather with other Kingdom-minded people at Church and enjoy the hope we have in Jesus together. Vibrant, loving, grace-filled, gospel proclaiming churches where Jesus is exalted is our hope regardless of what happens this November.
To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 1:17