A Political Victory: So What

Posted on November 3, 2021

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By David Ettinger

Celebration Day
Today is celebration day in the U.S. for many conservatives. Last night, Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe to become Virginia’s new governor.

This is a major victory for the Republican Party – and for conservatives in general – as many see the outcome as a rejection of President Joe Biden’s policies, which reflect the policies of the ultra-left. This could bode well for the Republicans in the upcoming 2022 mid-term elections.

But when it comes to evangelical Christians, I hope they’re not dancing in the streets over this political victory. I hope Bible-believing Christians are putting no significant stock in this outcome. I hope followers of the Lord Jesus are not wasting an ounce of optimism on the Virginia election results.

In fact, I’ll go as far as saying, “The Republican won? So what.”

Don’t Trust People!
The Bible is filled with warnings about God’s people not putting their hopes in human beings:

  • “Take no account of man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed?” (Isaiah 2:22).
  • “Do not trust in noblemen, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation” (Psalm 146:3).
  • “It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in people” (Psalm 118:8).
  • “This is what the LORD says: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the LORD’” (Jeremiah 17:5).

The message is clear: Human beings can’t be trusted. Human beings can’t save us. Human beings can’t rescue us from God’s coming, fiery wrath. Human beings can’t rescue souls from the flames of eternal damnation.

The right man may have won last night, and some good will come out of it, but it won’t change the path both America and the human race are traversing. The same holds true for the 2024 elections. Even if a Republican wins the presidency and Republicans win back Congress and Senate, none of God’s plans for humanity will change.

All That Matters
Only one thing matters. And before I say what it is, keep in mind that even the most staunch of Republicans is worth nothing if he doesn’t claim Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Therefore, the only thing that ultimately matters is either the acceptance or denial of God. There is no in-between. Jesus said: “The one who is not with Me is against Me; and the one who does not gather with Me scatters” (Matthew 12:30).

It’s true that unbelieving conservatives empathize more with the concerns of Christians and may not be personally hostile to God, but they are still rejecters of God. And this is what individuals and nations are judged on.

We read in 1 John 5:11-12: “… God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. The one who has the Son has the [eternal] life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have the [eternal] life.”

Put an exclamation point on that. There is no Republican or Democrat or any other “this or that.” There is either the acceptance of God via His Son the Lord Jesus, or the rejection of God via His Son the Lord Jesus.

This is the only thing that matters. The world’s finest and most conservative politicians won’t save us. The only hope for humanity is to confess the name of the Lord Jesus and worship Him in spirit and in truth.

In the ultimate end-game – that being eternity – political races, even the most important of them, are but “dust in the wind.” It’s all about Christ, and Christ alone.

As humanity scurries toward its showdown with God, may we who love Him be found faithful in sharing a loving Gospel of salvation with a lost and dying world.