The election is now over. Senator John Kerry, in a tremendous example of leadership for his party, has conceded the election to President Bush. We have been spared the anxiety and anguish that the 2000 election brought and can now move forward as a nation.
However, just because President Bush has won (in addition to Republican majorities being strengthened in the House and Senate) does not mean that our work is finished. In fact, it has just begun.
Kevin Triplett, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress, said in a speech last week that voters have a duty to hold their representatives accountable. Voters have to ensure that their representatives reflect their values and keep their promises.
I believe one of the reasons that Democrat Rick Boucher has been so successful in masquerading as a moderate is that voters have not held him accountable. Seven votes against the partial-birth abortion ban do no reflect Southwest Virginia values. Voting to authorize the use of force in Iraq and then voting against funding for the troops (including troops from his own district) does not reflect Southwest Virginia values.
The Ninth District of Virginia voted overwhelmingly to support President Bush's re-election bid by a margin of 59.50% to 39.37%. We are a conservative district. It is up to us as voters to hold our representatives accountable so that they represent the values of our district.
But our job does not end there. As Christians, we have a more important job ahead of us. We must train our children and ourselves in biblical worldview thinking. We must win the culture for Christ. We can't do the job if we don't train ourselves and our children to get it done.
This is the mission that God has given us:
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Matthew 28:19-20 (emphasis mine)
Let's go to it.