Most of my friends, colleagues, and loved ones are feeling disoriented, a bit shocked, at the quick win of a presidential candidate they have lost respect for and did not vote for. Bewildered might be a better word.
They assumed that Christians would vote their "biblical values", which to them meant pro-life, sanctity of marriage, sexual orientation according to Romans 1, less spending and debt. But if the statistics tell the truth, many Christians did not vote that way.
Now my friends are trying to understand what happened, why their values seem out of step, and what the future holds. Disoriented--like someone has spun you around and around and around, and you are not sure where you are now as you try to regain your balance. Misunderstood--like someone who finds they are suddenly labeled as mean, bigoted, narrow, selfish, words that truly don't describe them, but the label sticks nonetheless, and there doesn't seem to be a way to clear up the misunderstanding.
What happened? Millions of messages from the secular media, the entertainment industry, secular universities and colleges, and public schools have taken hold of the minds of many people and convinced them that people who refuse to hold a two-tiered view of truth are bad. You can have an opinion on bottom-tiered truth like one and one is truly two or the law of gravity applies to everyone. But to be good in the eyes of western culture today you must believe that views on personal issues such as ethics, morals, and faith are exiled to the upper-realm of "your truth is as good as mine" and "don't ask, don't tell". When Christians insist that truth extends to both realms, they are demonized as evil people. Why are we surprised? These messages have been bombarding the air waves and the Internet for decades. Why are we so surprised that they have saturated naive minds.
I lived the first 25 years of my life as a pagan, and that kind of thinking was taking hold of me when I met Jesus. The people I grew up with, no doubt, think my way of seeing the life is incredibly strange. I am not surprised. Most Christians through the ages did not enjoy the luxury of living in a nation that admired their world view. When Paul wrote to the churches in Asia Minor in the first century he addressed them as "strangers in the world" (1 Peter 1:1). He went on to say, "Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, although they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us" (2:11,12). God doesn't owe anyone a nation that likes them.
We have joined the ranks of our brothers and sisters throughout the ages who were ridiculed and paid a price for their faith. I expect we will begin to read the Scriptures with greater light and appreciation. Elections have consequences, and when those consequences hit, they will fall on all of us. How Christians respond may be an opportunity to show how strange we really are and how good our Jesus really is. So shed those post-election blues and get ready. The time has come. And that's rather exciting, don't you think?