Rom. 8: 35 asks the question, "Who can separate us from the love of God?" Then a list of everything natural and supernatural follows. While any Christian would probably say, Nothing! Yet we feel something sometimes, don't we? The reality of our faith is a struggle for many. Yes, I believe but . . . It is in those times that we have to remind ourselves that there is more to life than what we can see, touch, ear or smell. That in the face of obvious defeat (from the worlds point of view) we are not defeated.
Paul goes on to illustrate this in verse 36. The world will slaughter us and throw us aside without a second thought and think they have won. That seems like an awful thing to say but remember that during this time, Nero was feeding Christians to the lions at the coliseum for the entertaining pleasure of Rome. They thought they were winning, but nothing was farther from the truth. This world does not understand our faith nor the rules we live by. For us there is no defeat, even in death. This was Pauls point. Even though they slaughter us like sheep, we're still not going to lose. You see our goal is established in verse 37.
Nothing shall separate us from the love of God. In fact, we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. The goal of Christianity isn't to conquer the world, like other religions are trying to do today. The goal of Christianity is to conquer peoples hearts. Jesus didn't come to rule the masses, he came to win the masses. Ask any political analyst or dictator and they will tell you that they must win the hearts of the people if your are going to lead.
After reading this I would like to read your comments in reference to our current election.