So one would think judging from the fear, anxiety, terror, hatred, venom, bitterness, and doom and gloom being expressed by many elements of the American church. Every place I look online, and Christians in America that I talk to, are in an absolute panic over the election. Lets say the very worst happens - on January 20th Sen Obama walks out for his inauguration in African tribal garb with black storm troopers and after his swearing in (on the Qaran) immediately declares martial law and the coming introduction of Sharia law. He orders the immediate closure of all Christian churches and the killing of all imperfect new borns. He follows that up by announcing that Osama Bin Laden is being called in as a special advisor on the transition to making America into a Muslim state. Well, you get the idea. The question is- 'Will God be dead?' "Will His church survive?' God's children through the years have endured Pharaoh, Nero, Hitler, and many others. What is it that people are so afraid of? Losing their comforts? Losing their prestige and status? Becoming hated and despised by the world? Isn't that where the church is told it will be in the New Testament? Do we ever read a single time in God's word where we are going to be controlling or even accepted by society around us? Is the fear over what Peter writes in 1 Peter 3v14-18? IF (and I am not so sure of the fact) persecution is coming, should the American church not be counting it as 'all joy?" (James 1v2) and be willing to take it patiently (1 Peter 2v20)? After all, when the church goes through persecution we are being blessed by the privilage of following in His steps (1 Peter 2v21). Has the church forgotten 2 Timothy 1v12 - 'For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. '?