Well, the results of the presidential election was nothing short of heartbreaking. Four years ago when this conservative movement began, the 2012 presidential election was the end date. At least it was for me. I wasn’t planning to step away, but I thought I could set the cruise control and enjoy a bit of relief from the fight. Boy was I wrong.
I’ve spent the last couple of days mourning the results. I’m not so sad that Mitt Romney lost (I don’t put faith in one man), but I mourn the promise his presidency had. I don’t know if that promise would have become a reality, but I know what this reality will hold, and it sucks!
Instead of watching the news (my heart just can’t take it), I spent some time pursuing some stories from our history. I started thinking about what people in battle and war must truly feel during the struggle. Moses struggled to stand against Pharaoh. He must have been so relieved to lead his people through the Red Sea and out of Egypt on their way to the Promised Land! Forty years of wandering the desert had to be hard to take.
George Washington had to have moments of dejection and uncertainty. A winter in Valley Forge must have left him questioning the Declaration of Independence and the Revolution. But he and his soldiers wrapped their feet in rags and drudged on.
Our American history is full of stories of horribly lost battles, regrouping, enduring the continuing war; only to prevail in the end.
I don’t pretend to be a Moses, or a George Washington, but their examples can definitely help us realize our aspirations to restore our republic. We lost a battle, but we have to regroup, reorganize, and fight another day.
Here’s how we do it:
1) PRAY. This isn’t just a battle between political ideologies. I fully believe this is a spiritual battle. We have to pray, study the word, and put on our armor as we fight against the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:10-18). We have to keep sharing the Word and our beliefs with our neighbors. (Romans 10:14)
2) ShowMeTheCHIPS. Republicans need to change their message, not their values. I have heard several say we need to become more moderate in our platform to attract the independents and young. Bull. Mitt Romney was a moderate. John McCain was a moderate. And they lost; big time. Our 5 CHIPS candidates won in almost all their races. Ted Cruz won his race. Conservativism isn’t the problem. Messaging is. Show Me The CHIPS is a way to combat that. The system is ready to go and grow. We need help. We need committed volunteers to enter data. We need committed volunteers to share our message. We need committed volunteers to financially support our plan. We all thought we had done all we could. We worked and sweated for this election. And the truth is, we are being called to do more. Battle surges have proved to be effective in gaining the upper hand, and it’s time to surge. “ Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: 'We the people.' 'We the people' tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us. 'We the people' are the driver, the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world's constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which 'We the people' tell the government what it is allowed to do. 'We the people' are free.” ~Ronald Reagan
4) Support our 5 CHIPS legislators. We elected some great legislators who will be on the front lines of standing up for liberty. They need us now more than ever. They need our continued support, prayers, and service as they stand against the encroachments of our freedom. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” ~Henry Ford