Perhaps one of the most incredible headlines of this election was this: “Evangelical Christians Elect Donald Trump.”
For the past year-and-a-half, everywhere I traveled, everywhere I have spoken and on my daily program “Financial Issues,” I have begged evangelical Christians to vote. I’ve written numerous articles trying desperately to motivate the most powerful voting bloc in the country to exercise their obligation and do what is right.
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Today, we’re at the beginning, not the end, and the change that is desperately needed in America is coming.
I’m not talking about the administration change in our political system — that is important, of course — but rather the change that has an opportunity to maintain another 240 years of unprecedented freedoms. This change is about the realization that conservative evangelicals have an opportunity to change the country and maintain our nation for the good of God’s people and all citizens of the United States.
As a veteran, I am reflecting on this Veterans Day weekend how grateful I am, that I had a chance to serve this country during a war that seemed to make little sense to most people. I am proud of my service to America, but I am more proud of the opportunity God has given me to serve by talking to millions of Christians every day.
After an exhilarating election week, I do have a concern — that we may believe it’s all over and we have won the war. We didn’t win the war, but we did win what appeared to be in unwinnable battle. Wars are won battle by battle — and wars are won by persistence, steadfastness and unwavering commitment to God and country. This week, we won some time.
We must be more vigilant than ever, recognize the power we have, and help others to believe the same.
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Today, as we continue to pray about the effects of the election, and continue to give praise and thanks to God for what He has accomplished, we must recognize what the most powerful voting bloc in the country has accomplished. See, if we think it is over, if we forget what God has allowed us to accomplish, if we neglect to pass this accomplishment on to the next generation, if we don’t remind them that they need to be vigilant to vote and be a part of the process that God has designed, then we have squandered this victory. Recognition of all this means maintaining our alertness and willingness to enter in to the next battle.
Often after a battle has been won, the enemy gains new strength and new commitment to do whatever is necessary to win the next time — an even more destructive threat than before the win. In my opinion, we will be under attack over the next four years like never before. Conservative evangelicals may not have realized until now the power we hold, and I suspect the darkness of this world and the Left certainly have come to this realization.
From their perspective, ramping up to marginalize and persecute Christians will be necessary, in an effort to discourage all of us from ever taking such a bold step again. Now more than ever, we must be aware — and help those around us to be aware — of Galatians 6:7: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked.” We have witnessed God’s truth coming to life today; therefore, equally important is Verse 9: “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
We are reaping today, but my greatest fear is that we may grow weary, lose heart and forget what we accomplished on Nov. 8, 2016. We cannot let that happen.
The Left will be working hard to do everything they can to discourage us so that we might lose heart, so that we might never rise up again and exercise the power that God has given us.
This is not the end, but the beginning of what is to be accomplished for America. This is not a time to become complacent; it is not the time to rest on our laurels and celebrate. We must be more vigilant than ever, recognize the power we have ,and help others to believe the same.
We have not “finally arrived,” but instead, we have finally begun the journey that God has put before us. Be joyful and celebratory and praise God — but don’t allow anyone to rob us of the recognition that we can and will continue to make a difference for America.
Dan Celia is president and CEO of Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries, Inc., and host of the nationally syndicated radio and television program “Financial Issues,” heard daily on more than 600 stations across the country and reaching millions of households on the National Religious Broadcasters Network, BizTV and Dove-TV.