In my last post, I talked about the coming collision of jet streams. Since that post, the reality of this collision is very evident. As I studied various exit polls related to the 2016 national election, several things became very apparent. The trends that I observed brought me both a glimpse of hope and grave concern for the future of our country. Again, I must emphasize that when I talk about candidates, I am referring to the ideas/worldviews/values that the different candidates represented. This means that who people voted for is an indication of where people stood on such issues as the sanctity of human life, the role of the government, and gender, marriage and family.
One of the first things I learned from this year’s election was that Christians can impact the outcome of elections at the national, state and local levels. There was an encouraging trend that started taking place during the three to four weeks leading up to election day. I was seeing on social media and other forms of communication Christian leaders encouraging Christians to pray for our country with greater intensity. I also witnessed a call to all Christians to understand that the sanctity of human life, marriage and the family was in serious danger of being destroyed by the agendas of the left.
This is why we saw a larger number of evangelicals voting for a Republican platform that was unashamedly pro-life and for the appointment of federal and Supreme Court justices that would hold to a conservative interpretation of the US Constitution. In fact the exit polls showed that 58% of Christians voted for these issues while only 39% voted against them. Of course I am concerned that even this percentage of born again Christians, having heard one candidate boldly proclaim that an infant in the womb had “absolutely no constitutional rights”, still voted for the continued murder of the unborn.
When this was broken down along racial lines, I was encouraged to see 81% of caucasian evangelicals voted against the liberal policies of the Democratic platform that was bold in its position on abortion by demand, gay rights and a host of other anti-biblical stances. So, I took hope in what these polls showed in reference to the Christian vote.
However, my hope quickly started fading when I saw some other voting patterns that emerged from this election cycle. One of the most disturbing things that came out of the exit polls was how various age groups voted. Fifty three percent of voters over the age of 45 voted in support of biblically-based values. On the other hand, only 42% of those age 30-44 voted in support of such values. Even more disturbing was to see that this percentage dropped to 35% of voters between the ages of 18-29. The younger the voter the less likely it appears that they hold to biblical standards of morality and ethics.
A third trend that I saw seemed to give some insight into the voting stances of the younger generation reported above. It appears that the more education that a person attained the less supportive of biblical values the voter tends to be. Over 50% of voters who had only a high school or some college education voted in favor of biblical values. This percentage dropped to 45% of college graduates and a dismal 37% to those who had received a postgraduate education.
When I studied these exit polls, I realized the precarious position that we are in at this point of history. Yes, Christians united together to stand up for biblical moral values. However, it appears that the younger generation is not holding to the traditional moral values that have made our country great throughout its history. Even though there was no breakdown showing how Christians voted by age, I believe one can make the case that if this were available, it would show that younger Christians have adopted more liberal views than older generations when it comes to sanctity of human life, gender issues and marriage and the family.
Even though this is of grave concern to me, it comes as no surprise. Most Christians ages 18-40 have received a secular education from the preschool years through the college experience. Over the past 50 years the secularization of all education has intensified greatly. What was first limited to the halls of higher education has found its way all the way into the learning centers of preschools all across the country. The effects are now being seen in all areas of public life. The existence of God has been denied and Christianity and the church have been marginalized and eliminated from the public square.
There is no doubt that we as Christians need to be broken, confess our sin and cry out to God for revival. Then we must become proactive – especially when it comes to how we educate our children. If nothing happens, it will be just a matter of time when what we witnessed in this year’s election will fade away – never to take place again. However, if Christians take advantage of what appears to be God’s willingness to withhold His judgement, we can change the current course we are on. To see this happen, it is mandatory that the the home, church and school must address the issue of education biblically! There must be strategies developed for parents, church leaders and Christian educators. These strategies must be developed with a state of urgency and then put into practice with all diligence. With this in mind, I want to share what I believe needs to happen in the home, the church and the school in the next couple of weeks. I trust you will be involved in this discussion. So, be sure to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.