What Now? Assessing the Election Results
By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
RALEIGH – Election Day 2008 no doubt brought conservative Christians across North Carolina to their knees in despair after seeing race after race lost to candidates who have shown indifference, if not hostility, toward the values treasured by our founding fathers and held dear to us today.
The Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, admitted late this week that he has truly grieved over what he likened to believers’ being “body slammed” at the polls. But deeper than his grief is his conviction that God will use this very dark moment in our nation’s history to reverse its course permanently.
“In a sense I believe it is kind of like a drug addict that has to hit rock bottom before turning around,” Creech said. “I’m afraid our country and state have to hit rock bottom before realizing that the ideas it has embraced are bankrupt.”
Taking stock at the national level, Creech said Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion president in the nation’s history and that if he carries out his promises, we can expect him to appoint judges to the Supreme Court who are the most liberal we’ve seen.
“Since 1973, over 50 million babies have been aborted, and without intervention I’m afraid we’ll be looking at that many more,” Creech said. “Obama is also very committed to much of the homosexual agenda and these judges will be used to advance that as well.”
On the state level, he anticipates emboldened gay forces to again push for a bullying bill that would create special legal status based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And Creech said pro-family forces will also have to fight even harder to convince leaders of the state’s desperate need for a Marriage Amendment. Since Florida’s vote this past week to define marriage as between one man and one woman, North Carolina is the only state in the Southeast unprotected when it comes to gay marriage.
“We can no longer accept the same answers from the legislative leadership that we’ve gotten for the past five years,” he said. “We need a constitutional amendment to protect marriage and we need it now.”
While Creech encouraged Christians to move ahead with hope, redoubling their efforts to be salt and light in a dark and troubled world, he didn’t promise the task would be easy.
“It is hard to understand what God is doing right now, but I think as time goes on, we’ll see who the faithful Christians are and those who stand up for what’s right will be ostracized, hated and despised,” Creech said. “But this is our moment, our moment to shine”
He reminded supporters of the CAL that in the darkest of times, the light of Christ is even brighter.
“If this doesn’t demonstrate to the church the urgency to get involved in the political arena, then I’m afraid there’s no hope for the nation,” Creech said. “We can’t reverse this moral meltdown unless churches are willing to engage the culture sacrificially to change matters.”
One way churches can immediately get involved is to send their pastor or another representative to one of the CAL’s two remaining regional annual meetings. The Eastern Convention is set for Nov. 17 in Greenville with church leaders in Central N.C. gathering Nov. 20 in Coats. The Western Convention was held late last month in Taylorsville. The meetings include inspirational and informative presentations and legislative updates so that pastors and lay leaders can know what to expect from lawmakers and how to most effectively influence their positions. Speakers include John Rustin with the North Carolina Family Policy Council and Barbara Holt with North Carolina Right to Life.
The Rev. Creech also challenged supporters to make a difference by contributing financially to the Christian Action League.
“The Christian Action League is struggling financially. If ever there was a time to come to our aid, now is the time to do it,” he said, alluding to the organization’s budget deficit.
To find out more about the Christian Action League or how you can help, call the office at (919)-787-0606. To read more about the upcoming annual meetings, scroll down to the meeting article under “older entries.”