It is Wednesday morning and I am on my way to speak at a school in Kansas City. Last night one of the most contentious presidential elections ever held came to an end. The results of this year’s election at all levels shocked the media, the political pollsters and most political pundits. As I shared last week, we were witnessing a cosmic battle of worldviews.
The platforms for the two major political parties were miles apart when it came to the sanctity of human life, the interpretation of the Constitution, the role of government in providing the wants and needs of the citizens, and the definition of gender, marriage and the family. I am thankful that evangelical Christians united together to vote for biblical values which helped determine the election results.
As I am flying from Atlanta to Kansas City, the captain has asked the flight attendants to stay seated as we are going to go through some turbulence due to the weather ahead of us. This was a surprise to me as I had checked the weather earlier and the forecast called for clear skies all along the flight path. In fact, when I look out the window, there are no clouds in the sky. I am wondering what would cause turbulence that required the flight attendants to stay seated since everything seems so good!
We started experiencing some “light chop” and I thought this won’t be too bad after all. However, the light chop turned into a very rough flight. For most of the flight the plane tilted and pitched and everyone pulled his/her seat belt a little tighter and tried to remain calm. After 10-15 minutes of experiencing this strong turbulence, the captain came on the speaker and apologized for the bumpy ride. He then explained that the reason for the turbulence was that two powerful jet streams were colliding right in our flight path.
I immediately started thinking about the coming days following yesterday’s election. Even though the results seem so good, are we headed for some strong turbulence because of a collision of two powerful jet streams? Of course, the two jet streams that I am referring to have nothing to do with the weather and everything to do with the culture. I believe we are in for a rough ride as we will have to endure a major collision of worldviews in our country. One worldview is a God-centered one and the other is a man-centered belief system.
In fact, earlier this morning I saw the signs of this coming turbulence. In an article published in the Huffington Post an educational consultant was giving her answer to a question she received from a school principal. The school principal had asked this person what he was supposed to tell the children if Trump wins the election? Here is some of what the consultant told the principal.
Tell them, first, that we will protect them. Tell them that we have democratic processes in the U.S. that make it impossible for one mean person to do too much damage.
Tell them, second, that you will honor the outcome of the election, but that you will fight bigotry. Tell them bigotry is not a democratic value, and that it will not be tolerated at your school. Tell them you stand by your Muslim families. Your same-sex parent families. Your gay students. Your Black families. Your female students. Your Mexican families. Your disabled students. Your immigrant families. Your trans students. Your Native students. Tell them you won’t let anyone hurt them or deport them or threaten them without having to contend with you first. Say that you will stand united as a school community, and that you will protect one another.
The writer concluded her thoughts with this statement.
…the only thing that makes me feel safe in this moment ― as I stare into the face of a possible of a Trump victory ― is to speak up and speak out, and to invite others to do the same.
There is no question that those that direct secular education in our country are going to become more aggressive in their efforts to make sure every student develops a worldview in line with theirs. I find it interesting to read what principals and teachers should tell their students as a result of an election. The advice did not center on the genius of our Founding Fathers in writing a Constitution that established a republic built on biblical principles. They were not encouraged to explain how everyone should be represented by their elected officials and this is why we are not merely a democracy but a constitutional republic.
Instead this consultant was determined to tell secular educators to teach the values and beliefs of those who deny God’s existence, refuse to accept God’s Word as absolute truth and teach the children that anyone who stands on biblical truth is a bigot. It is my belief that God has given us a reprieve to set our house in order. In fact, one of my former students and players texted me and said that he believed that America had experienced what the wicked city of Nineveh did in Jonah’s day. Even though I am grateful for what I believe God allowed to happen yesterday, I am cautious about the turbulence we will face even though everything seems so good right now.
I am convinced that the Christian home, church and school must tighten their seat belts and prepare for a rough ride. What will we be faced with and what will be required of all of us to survive this coming collision of jet streams? Tune in next week as I share what I believe will need to be done to come through this turbulence safely.