Here in Pennsylvania we had (until yesterday) a strong Christian US senator, Rick Santorum. He went down to a large defeat, about 20 points. It is an interesting story from the viewpoint of The Table...
Being new to PA, I didn't really know much about Mr. Santorum. I don't really pay too much attention to politics, so the opinion I had formed of him prior to a couple of months ago was the result of media coverage of certain events...questionable reimbursement of some of his kids homeschooling expenses, his closeness to President Bush, his strong pro-life position. It was a combination of reporting that made him as undesirable a Senator as possible to left-leaning voters, and the hints of impropriety tainted him a little with the other scandals going on around here and the rest of the country. Nothing substantial ever proven, just insinuation...
Just how effective this was, was brought home to me by my eldest child, Allie. They held a mock election at the high school, in which she had voted for our Democratic governor, Ed Rendell. (Remember that name, he'll be running nationally soon.) She commented that she had voted for Santorum, "even though he had been illegally funding his children's home-schooling", or something to that effect.
I was shocked that even my sixteen-year-old daughter viewed one of our greatest US senators simply as another cheating politician. Senator Santorum was at the forefront of most of the nations conservative issues, and was a leader in issues of national security. One well-known talk show host calls him "the Churchill of our time" for his unvarnished truthfulness and expression of opinion on the threat of Islamic radicalism to the world. This reputation for outspoken truthfulness became the obvious millstone around the senator's neck.
Just Monday, I had, for the first time, a chance to see the Senator on TV in a relaxed talk-show format (it was a Christian talk show) with his wife. I was astounded at just how clearly this man and wife could be seen to be Spirit-filled Christians. They both had a peace with the coming election, even thought the polls were ominous. They had put the whole thing in Christ's hands, and were confident that whatever happened Tuesday would be all part of God's plan for them. He still spoke out courageously about the coming storm, but with peace and conviction so rare in politicians so close to elections. I have to believe that Senator Rick Santorum is one of those rare "men of God's heart". And he was serving the the United States of America as a leader, one of the most powerful senators in the country.
But let us not weep for the Santorums, they are in the hands of their protector and provider. Let us weep instead for a country once led by strong Christian spirits, that is plunging down the road of relativism and appeasement, led by people who decide by opinion poll. A country led not by the Shepherd, by by the sheep. A country ungrateful that "God shed his grace on thee", and rushing after the wisdom of men. America, more and more beginning to look like Babylon the Great of the Revelation.
Can this be happening to a nation that just a few years ago seemed swept up in spiritual revival? What has happened?
Sir Chuck of the Vanishing Breed