Constant in the Chaos

What we saw on Election Day 2022 is the empirical embodiment of confusion.

On the morning of November 8th, every piece of pre-election polling data seemed to be pointed in one direction. President Joe Biden’s job approval was a meager 39%. Nationwide inflation was ballooning to 40-year record high. And the cultural ideologies being pushed by the White House were being laughed at around kitchen tables across the country.

As Americans headed to the polls that morning, the talk of a “Red Wave” cascading conservative pushback to the Biden agenda reverberated from South Carolina to southern California, from New York to New Mexico, and everywhere in between.

“Forget a ‘Red Wave’, the 2022 midterm elections would be a ‘Red Tsunami’”

And then as Election Day became Election Night became Election Week, barely a trickle of “red” was anywhere to be found. Republicans could not secure a majority in the Senate. They barely claimed enough seats to retake the House. And yet, while Americans did not overwhelmingly reject President Biden’s economic agenda, they also failed to view conservatives as the answer to the country’s woes.

When we dive deeper into voter numbers, we can see that the confusion of the American people is at an all-time high. According to an exit poll conducted by CNN 73% said they are dissatisfied/angry with the direction of the country. A surprisingly large 26% said society’s views on gender identity/sexual orientation are changing for the better. And while 30% of respondents said they never attend religious services, only 24% claimed to be evangelical Christians.

These numbers seem all over the place, evidence that America is currently a rudderless nation, listing further from the shore, without the anchor of a strong biblical worldview to keep it from the open sea.

So, where and how did Americans turn? In nearly every demographic, voters decided to embrace today’s woke, cultural sexual religion over the seemingly obvious impact of an economy gone awry. In fact, they lifted cultural relativism even higher than just than any other topic or interest overall on Election Day.

The results have left many conservatives with several linger questions:

•What happened in 2022?

•How should the Christian view this development in national politics in 2022?

•Can we re-establish a conservative foothold to halt the nation’s skid into the abyss?

And better yet, what happened to Biblical principles in 2022?
Here’s reality: Sadly, this isn’t a new phenomenon. History is only repeating itself… again.

Go back in the Bible to the era of The Judges, when the Israelites defied the standard of holiness set by God in the law, when “…there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25 NKJV.

Today’s society is no different. The morally relativistic idea that there are no absolute rules to determine right or wrong has opened the floodgates for a new cultural sexual religion to take hold of the American soul.

With no standard of truth, their argument of “Who are you to determine if someone else’s actions are sinful?” makes perfect sense.

The midterm elections revealed a truth that we need understand. As the chaos surrounds us, the spiritual and moralistic pendulum of society will continue to swing wildly.

Therefore, as Christians, we must can only begin to make sense of the confusion with an authentic faith founded on the Word of God as the definitive source of truth and morality. Amidst an ever-changing culture, the Bible needs to be the constant in the confusion and the chaos.

Let it not be said of you that “They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.” (Titus 1:16).

And if we, as Christians, want to sustain our values and advance the Kingdom, we must be ready to stand on God’s Word, reject the moral relativism of our day, and be the reflectors of the calm in the chaos.

Polling, elections and results will come and go. The reality is that we should rest in the truth that Psalm 121 states so well. “I will lift my eyes to the hills – From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.”

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