Whatever Happened to “Victory in Jesus”?

I’m probably over-generalizing here, but it seems like in all the press releases or news articles I read about the so-called Christian Right’s efforts for pro-life, pro-family legislation, I never, ever read of their victories as “great victories for Christ.”

Instead, we see things like “a resounding victory for traditional marriage” (source) or “victory for pro-life activists” or any of a number of other things. I couldn’t even find the phrase “Victory for Jesus” anywhere on AgapePress’ website (admittedly, my search was only as good as Google’s index of their site).

This is one of the reasons I decided to stop trying to be an activist. The focus is rarely, if ever, on Jesus Christ. When did “Christianity” become a quagmire of political activism instead of a celebration of the Lord? When did Christ become the Good Activist instead of the Good Shepherd?

The victory the Bible calls us to celebrate is one of Life over death:

So when this corruption shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is they victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law but thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:54-58

Where are the letter writing campaigns for that victory? Where are the political protests and the boycotts to gain that victory?

Praise the Lord, that victory is already won! It is ours to enjoy, given to us through Jesus Christ, our Lord! I couldn’t think of a sweeter, more desirable victory than the one bought by the triumphant resurrection of Jesus Christ!

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