No question, these are bazaar times. Regardless of the outcome of the election, we are proving the validity of the Bible. Obama is ahead in the polls despite perhaps the longest list of reasons in the history of this nation that he will be bad news for the country and for every person voting for him (with the possible exception of those who are fabulously well to do). Reasoning is fruitless. There is something deeper going on in the hearts and minds of people when reason is tossed to the wind and a significant number of Americans, including many who call themselves Christians, cast a vote for their own harm. It is apparent that the problem is not of an economic nature but a spiritual one.
Our spiritual manual gives a diagnoses for the ailment of having eyes and not seeing and ears and not hearing. It is the result of idolatry. Coincidentally this is a theme throughout the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments. (1) . One of the clearest passages describing this phenomenon is Psalm 115:
Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the
glory,because of your love and faithfulness. 2 Why do the nations say,"Where is
their God?" 3 Our God is in heaven;he does whatever pleases him. 4 But their
idols are silver and gold,made by the hands of men. 5 They have mouths, but
cannot speak,eyes, but they cannot see; 6 they have ears, but cannot hear,noses,
but they cannot smell; 7 they have hands, but cannot feel,feet, but they
cannot walk;nor can they utter a sound with their throats. 8 Those who make them will be like them,and so will all who trust in them. NIV
As to modern idols, consider some of the things that Liberalism is known for:
....sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. NIV (Col 3:55)
If you have bought in to this notion that greed is the exclusive domain of the conservative, think back to the main theme of almost every single campaign ad you've heard for the past two years. They are almost always about money, which has been America's god for some time now, either how to get more of someone else's through government confiscation and redistribution, or how you can keep more of your own through tax cuts.
Today Americans will choose priests to preside over the temple of their god. I suppose this is how it must be for an idolatrous people.
The question remains however whether or not the people will realize their mistake when things go ill for them. My prognosis is that they will not. The past eight years of Bush bashing will provide another four or more years of excuses and blame for any down-turns or terrorist attacks and will distract most from realizing the root of the problem.
Another question is whether the salt of the land will become salty again? Will we repent of our own idolatry of placing the government, or riches, as the provider of our security instead of the most high God who possesses that sovereign place? This will require soul searching and prayer for revelation, for if we look anywhere else for our security and provision, we too have eyes that cannot see and ears that cannot hear.
note 1: Isa 6:9-10, Ps 135:15-18, Jer 5:21, Mt13:13-15, Mrk 8:18, Acts 28:26-27,Rev 3:18 plus more.