A good friend asked me today why last night’s wave election actually mattered – and frankly its a fair question. For those of you perhaps wondering the same thing, here’s how I summarized the tangible results from last night’s Republican wave election victory:
1. The Keystone Pipeline will likely pass the Senate now creating jobs, revenue etc.
2. There will be a check on the President’s lawlessness (I mean that in the strictest of senses; he’s a lawbreaker)
3. Federal judicial appointments – the positions that have been legalizing the homosexual revolution in America – run through the Senate and will undergo higher levels of scrutiny.
4. Gov. institutions that have been bullying Americans (IRS, EPA etc.) will face greater scrutiny
5. Administration officials will face greater consequences for Foreign affairs debacles like Benghazi et all. Those are just a few items, not to mention spending held in at least something of a check.
There are many more things that will result – many are political and have bearing on the 2016 Presidential race, and what will end up being a massive (and difficult) battle to keep control of the Senate for the GOP. I won’t detail them all, but 2 of them come to mind: 1. Fundraising parity with Democrats will probably be achieved by GOP senate committees and groups, and 2. Senators like Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz will not be harangued by Harry Reid’s floor schedule while they travel and campaign for the GOP Presidential Primary.
Last night was a gigantic sweep for Republicans, and a clear repudiation of President Obama’s policies. This wasn’t a small victory with barely a plurality of voters or seats won in close elections. This was a drubbing from the lowest offices to the highest. Erick Erikson pointed out this morning that, “More than 25 of the Senators who voted for Obamacare have now been thrown out by the voters since 2010.” This collective reality is really important to remember.
All of this being said, as I hammered out final last-minute work orders yesterday from my desk, I had the movie Chariots of Fire playing in the background on my iMac and there’s a line uttered by Eric Liddell that is worth remembering here this morning:
God made countries, God makes kings, and the rules by which they govern.
Those who rule nations in pride and rejection of God’s purposes for man will eventually – inevitably – be brought low and driven from power, either today or in the years to come as eternity spans before us. This is in accordance with His purposes and according to His time schedule, not ours.
Therefore I encourage those reading to keep politics and their results in perspective. These things are of tremendous import, but they pale in comparison to what matters at the end of the race. Perhaps Liddell knew that better than most:
It has been a wonderful experience to compete in the Olympic Games and to bring home a gold medal. But since I have been a young lad, I have had my eyes on a different prize. You see, each one of us is in a greater race than any I have run in Paris, and this race ends when God gives out the medals.