There’s no way to sugar-coat it. The results of the election were very bad for those of us who are committed to pro-life, marriage and religious liberty:
There were, on the other hand, some signs of encouragement:
But on the whole, it was a bad evening for the causes that we hold most dear.
Many people are reacting to this event with dismay and discouragement. Blame is being freely thrown around, and people are even talking about giving up and abandoning the “social issues” in the public square.
At times like these, I’m reminded of Gen. Ulysses Grant, after the Battle of Spotsylvania in May 1864. He had recently taken over command of the Union armies, and they had just endured two grueling, bloody battles in northern Virginia. The battles did not produce the decisive victory that Grant was hoping for, and there was sure to be political pressure on him as a result. Union casualties were high, and everyone expected him to retreat and regroup.
Instead, Grant gave the order to advance, and penned his famous line, “I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer”.
The battle of the Culture of Life against the Culture of Death is a long, twilight struggle that will go on for our entire lives. It is fundamentally a spiritual battle (see Eph 6:12). It is a contest for the hearts and souls of individuals, and thus our culture, and our laws. It is not decided by one election, or one defeat, or even one victory. There is no room for defeatism or despair. We need to fight with confidence in the Holy Spirit, and determination to carry on, no matter what.
Will you join me in taking General Grant’s advice? Because I certainly propose to continue the fight.