It appears like the Republicans have failed to secure victory over two Democratic challengers in a run-off Senate race, which means that for the next two years the Senate will likely be split 50-50 between liberals and conservatives. This gives Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the ability to break ties in the upper chamber, potentially giving Democrats full control over the federal government.
These results are incredibly concerning and disappointing for those that hold onto biblical values, but there is a reason for hope.
As required by Georgia law, candidates must win at least 50% of the vote to avoid a run-off election. That didn’t happen in November, so the Senate candidates with the highest number of votes in both races campaigned over the next two months to see who would hold control over the Senate.
At this point, it appears that the Democrats have won both contests.
Though the results are still coming in, Rev. Raphael Warnock, a pro-abortion Democrat and preacher, won over sitting Senator Kelly Loeffler and has made history as the first black Senator in Georgia’s history. In the other contest, Democrat Jon Ossoff has been recently declared the victor over incumbent Republican David Perdue. This close contest will likely result in a recount.
Democrats were ecstatic with the result.
“It feels like a brand-new day,” Mr. Schumer said in a statement. “For the first time in six years, Democrats will operate a majority in the United States Senate — and that will be very good for the American people.”
If the results go entirely to the Democrats, this would give the liberal party carte blanche to enact some of its dream legislation, including ending the filibuster, Medicaid for All, packing the Court, ending the Hyde Amendment that prevents federal dollars from funding abortions and other progressive pieces of legislation that would likely erode the rights of Americans.
A potential problem for the Democrats and their agenda is Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), who promised the country in November that he would act as a stopgap to some of the progressive agenda that has been proposed—however, it’s unclear if he will follow through.
There are some other maverick Senators that could be problematic, on both sides of the aisle, including Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) who are sometimes willing to side with the other party.
Though the results of the Georgia election, and the recent storming of the Capitol, may make it seem like the future of the country is bleak, it isn’t. As Christians, we can find hope in the fact that regardless of the chaos that has engulfed our politics and country, Jesus is still on the throne.
Our hope isn’t in our government officials or politicians, but in the Son of God. The promise of eternity that he has offered will not change, no matter who is in charge of the country or what happens.
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