U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS – 9 Nov 2012

In this week’s US elections, President Barack Obama won 69 percent of the Jewish vote, compared with 78% in 2008, according to exit polls. In Israel, Romney won more than 80% of the vote of Jewish living in the Jewish State, underlining the difference in priorities among Jews in the Diaspora, where health care and the economy are the dominating influences.   Even the right to abortion held a higher priority than support for Israel.  Only 10% said Israel was their top priority when casting their ballots.

In Psalms 137, the psalmist expressed the heart and soul of the exiled Jewish people who held Jerusalem close to their hearts:  how can we sing the songs of Zion, the songs of YHVH, in a foreign land?  If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill; if I do not remember you, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.

Of the 117 million people who voted on Tuesday, about 30 million (26%) were evangelicals. Of this, 21% — or about 6.4 million evangelicals — voted for Obama.  This, despite the President’s approval of abortion, same-sex marriage,  a lack of conviction over the importance of Israel to America’s own best interests, the Democratic Party almost removing God from any mention in their platform, and Obama’s confusion over his own professed faith.

How many of the Christians from all the streams voted for their preferred candidate as they saw fit, while praying from their heart and confessing with their mouth, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”?

Thank God He is in control, and that the Lord Jesus is looking after the affairs of man to bring to fulfillment the thoughts and plans of God!  God wants more Jewish people to come to Israel, and for the Church to wake up out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.  There is much cause for fear and trepidation; but also cause in Messiah for great expectation to see the Holy Spirit move in a mighty way to rivet people’s attention to the reality of the Living God, who sees in the dark as if it were day.

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