After The Election

The occupant of the White House isn’t the only thing that hasn’t changed in the last two weeks.

Many friends of Alliance Defending Freedom have expressed grave concern about how our work will continue, in the wake of President Barak Obama’s re-election. Although this ministry is committed to being apolitical, there is no denying that this administration has been the most openly and aggressively hostile in American history to religious freedom, to preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and to the protection of life in the womb.

The prospects are daunting, but reality hasn’t changed much. No one thinks that, had the election gone the other way, the American Civil Liberties Union would have disbanded. No one believes that Planned Parenthood would have stopped expansions on its plans for hypersexualizing our children and grandchildren, or sworn off the millions it makes through inciting young women to abort the lives within them. No one is convinced that those pressing the homosexual agenda would have scrapped their endless litigation strategy if the other party had won.

Well, we wouldn’t have closed up shop, either, had the Obama administration been brought to a close. As a legal ministry defending religious freedom, our calling is no less vital today than it was a month ago. Our duty has been made more difficult, but no less clear.

Late last summer, someone snapped a photograph of the U.S. Marines guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a thunderstorm. Can you imagine what these men went through the day Hurricane Sandy hit Washington, D.C.? Their faithful service and unswerving determination to do their duty, regardless of the elements that engulfed them, are an inspiration to all of us as we move beyond the storms of the past to face the greater challenges of the months and years ahead.

No, it will not be easy. But our call has not changed, and like the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk (3:17-19), we take hope in the fact that something else has not changed, these last few weeks: our God reigns. His power, His truth, and His kingdom are not up for election. It is His calling we obey, His name that we honor, and His work that we pursue – knowing He is with us, before us, and in us to accomplish what He’s asked us to do.

I hope you will pray for us and stand with us as we face the great challenges on the near horizon: the deepening battle to defend marriage, the likely appointment of several new justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, the growing threat to religious freedom in communities and courtrooms all over America. The cases we are litigating now will determine – even more than last week’s election – what tomorrow looks like for our children and grandchildren and this nation we love. So will our continuing investment in outstanding Christian law students through our Blackstone Fellowship – our long-term strategy for real and lasting victory.

Let political storms come. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).”

Author: Alan Sears