As Christians consider the results the November 6 re-election of President Barack Obama and the defeat of initiatives in some states of the Union in defense of traditional marriage, they would do well to consider the writings of St Augustine of Hippo. He wrote in his magnum opus, The City of God, "...even baptized infants, who are certainly unsurpassed in innocence, are sometimes so tormented, that God, who permits it, teaches us hereby to bewail the calamities of this life, and to desire the felicity of the life to come."
Believers must remember that they are assured a "peace which surpasses understanding" while also remembering the "felicity of the life to come." Politics is now guarantee of salvation but is, rather, the field in which Christians must exercise their efforts to bring about the Kingdom of God. Though defeated, they must again put their hands to the plow and struggle to trace straight furrows on a landscape increasingly more arid and vertiginous.