Just some thoughts of mine on the events of this election. 1. While I am disappointed in the results I can not be discouraged. Joy does not rest in who governs in Washington or what the moral or political climate of a nation is but rather in the person of Jesus Christ. I heard a comment on CNN how many within the black american community are filled with "joy". It made me think back to how evangelical americans experienced similar "joy" when a conservative candidate wins. Perhaps now christians can learn to delight in God instead of conservatism (as good as that is). 2. We do not know what will happen in coming years and to suggest the dramatic collapse of the US is do presume upon the future. Will things get worse? Most likely yes, but this would happen even if the Republican party had one. The natural tendency of man will produce a society that grows in depravity and corruption. A liberal president perhaps will speed this decline. 3. God is sovereign and it was His will for America to have the most liberal candidate ever to be president. In that I can delight. Because I know that He is working out His glorious purposes in the world even through the appointment of wicked men to positions of power. 4. I must pray for God to bring spiritual awakening to the United States and the world because He alone is the one who can send that from His gracious hand. Electing conservative politicians or the appointment of conservative judges, etc. will not "change" the US in the way it really needs to be changed- spiritually. Only God can do that, and He does that through the Holy Spirit, by means of the declaration of the Gospel. So brothers and sisters, let us not be discouraged this morning. Let us be light and salt through a faithful vibrant testimony of the Gospel pure and simple, and lets us pray to God that He would complete His will and plead to Him for a gracious awakening of truth. Light shines all the brighter, the darker the room. May the light of Christ burn all the brighter in us.