By Jason J. McGuire, President, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation
There is no positive spin regarding this year’s election results in New York.
Across the nation, the “blue wave” didn’t amount to as much as many suggested it would. In the Empire State, however, it was a blue tsunami. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand won with over 64% of the vote. Governor Andrew Cuomo pulled in nearly 58%. Democrats swept the statewide races retaining control of both the Attorney General’s and Comptroller’s offices as well. The State Assembly remains virtually unchanged with the Democratic Party maintaining an easy supermajority in that chamber. The real change is coming in the State Senate, though. Election Day hit the Senate Republicans like a Nor’easter. Prior to November, Republicans controlled the chamber 32-31, but after the electoral avalanche, it will be a 40-23 Democrat-controlled State Senate when legislators return in January.
Our lobbying arm, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, has historically had tremendous success blocking legislation in the upper house, but with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) at the helm in 2019, there will be little chance for these types of continued legislative victories. I don’t want to sugarcoat it. Legislatively, it’s going to be ugly in New York for the foreseeable future.
These circumstances beg the obvious question, “Why bother advocating for the truth when there is so little or seemingly no chance we will prevail?”
First, there is always hope. When things seemed darkest in California this past spring as believers there faced a ban on counseling individuals experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction, the bill’s sponsor—an openly gay man—inexplicably withdrew the bill from consideration. He said he had heard from and considered the objections of the faith community. No one saw that coming! We must faithfully proclaim the truth and leave the results to the Lord.
Second, we should never forget the purpose of our advocacy. Jesus told Pilate in John 18:37 that He came into the world to “bear witness unto the truth.” As followers of Christ, we also accept the assignment to bear witness to that which is true. When we declare truth, we raise opposition to Satan, the Father of Lies, who wants to deceive and destroy.
It is appropriate and even necessary for followers of Jesus Christ to invest in and hope for the benefits that a society gains when its leaders choose to align with truth.
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: But when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”-Proverbs 29:2-
For the sake of our children and our grandchildren, our neighbors and our fellow man, we will continue to speak the truth about the intrinsic value of human life, the complementary beauty of the sexes, the sacredness of God-ordained marriage, and the rights of all people to exercise their faith freely.
As we advocate for and defend these truths, let us remember the goal laid out for us in 2 Timothy 2. Here, Paul tells young Timothy, a servant of God, to deal with those who oppose him gently, lovingly, and patiently. Why? The desire was that God might grant those who opposed Timothy the gift of repentance, that they might come to a knowledge of the truth, escape the Enemy’s snare and no longer do the will of their master. We hope the same for those who oppose us as well. We declare the truth to all in the hopeful expectation that we will win some.
God is in control. It will likely be a tough upcoming legislative session, but who knows what the Lord has in store for those who choose to faithfully and lovingly advocate for His truth?
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This Christmas, as I sit before the tree, I will look at the manger scene and take strange solace in the knowledge that human government will always ultimately fail. Yes, it is instituted by God for our good, but at some point, it will always disappoint. Why? Because government is led by people born with an inherent sin nature. We are all individuals in need of a Savior. God has given us the privilege and the responsibility of declaring good tidings of great joy, to all people—even elected officials.
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