Our Creative Minority Moment | First Things

Barack Obama’s victory has crushed conservatism, ended the Republic, and ushered in a thousand years of darkness. Or such was the mood last week among many political conservatives, who saw this election’s results as the sign of the death of our free republic, the people surrendering the risks and rewards of liberty for the certain thin gruel of a dole. And many traditional Christians spoke about the reelection of our American President in even darker, apocalyptic tones, as if the man were Nero redivivus. My advice to my conservative Christian friends’ weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth was to sleep well, wake rested, and continue to bear witness to the Gospel, to do what Christians are supposed to do day in and day out, whether the Gospel finds itself in season or out of season.I was reminded of the ancient Taoist story of an old farmer who experienced a sequence of what seemed to many as great losses and great blessings. When something good happened, his neighbors remarked on his good fortune. “May be,” he replied. When something bad happened, his neighbors noted his misfortune. “May be,” he replied.

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