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Political and Spiritual Realities

 Mourning the political loss of last Tuesday has been the dominant theme among those of us who “live” on the internet, discussing and reading Christian and political commentary.  There is no doubt that the re-election of President Obama came as a genuine shock and disappointment to the many Christians who espouse the traditional Biblical values upon which this country was founded, me included.  However, winners and losers in God’s eyes are neither Democrat nor Republican.  His Kingdom is not of this world.  In fact, “He that overcomes the world is he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (I John 5:5)

Many Christians have never seen themselves as a “remnant” even though the Bible calls us that again and again.  Constantine may have legitimized Christianity, but Scripture makes it very clear that light will always struggle against darkness and the majority will always choose darkness.  Many are genuinely grieving over what they see as the death of America.  But, I would submit, that even with all the political and economic uncertainty, there are a couple of things that are absolute and certain.

 How about God’s Word on real  winners?  “To him that overcomes, God will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” (Rev 2:7)  And, “He will also be clothed with white raiment, and instead of his name being blotted out of the book of life, Jesus will confess his name before the Father and His angels.” (Rev. 3:5)

 I am absolutely convinced that attitude is reflected in performance.  Unfortunately, our attitude is directly linked to our emotions, and our emotions are affected by the information we gather from various sources.  What that means, as any computer geek knows, is GIGO. “Garbage In, Garbage Out.”

 Read newspapers, watch TV, listen to radio, access the Internet and fill your mind with information, most of which disregards or denigrates our faith in God (Garbage In) and I guarantee you will display an attitude of defeat and dismay (Garbage Out).  Your work is affected, your relationships are affected, even the simple enjoyment of life is affected.  But, God doesn’t change.  His Word is just as true as it was before the election.

The election proved what we already knew but did not want to acknowledge; we are a deeply divided nation.  Our Christian influence has dwindled over the past few decades.  Clearly, no overwhelming mandate was give to the Democrats.  No candidate crushed another.  At the end of the day, the status quo was pretty much maintained.  There is one constant in politics and that is “struggle.”  No victory is ever permanent, nor is any defeat, unless the battle is abandoned.

Veterans Assured Your Freedom to Participate

Sunday was Veteran’s Day.  It is an annual celebration of the men and women who have defended, some with their lives, the rights and privileges we exercised last week.  Whether you agree with the election or not, it was the free exercise of the vote that our Veterans sacrificed to preserve.  Veterans know about struggle.  Veterans know about sustaining battles.  Veterans know about losing battles, but winning wars.  Veterans know about sacrifice.

 The more troubling part of the election was not the outcome, but the lack of participants.  Roughly 125 million people voted.  That number is appalling.  Fewer people voted in this election than in 2008.  The population of the country increased, but the vote decreased.  What is wrong with this picture?  Vets died so that you, YOU, could have a say in the leadership of the nation, and you didn’t bother?

 What is troubling is the number of Christians who did not vote and are proud of it.  Forgive me, you remind me of the Pharisees who wrapped their robes and crossed the street so they wouldn’t have to deal with a beaten and dying Samaritan.

 I have no doubt that, given the chance, Christians in Sudan would have voted.  Christians in Syria would have voted.  Christians in China would have voted.  Christians in North Korea would have voted.  Christians in any of the “stans” would have voted.  I hope you get the point. Your silence was deafening.  You need to engage! 

 My father-in-law is a Christian, a retired missionary, and a proud Veteran.  He has sacrificed his life to bring men and women to Jesus Christ.  He has “served” through all manner of political administrations.  As a missionary, he even “served” under dictatorships.  The constant in his life is his witness; it was never compromised, never changed, though often challenged.  His commitment to the Truth has rendered him immovable and unflappable.  To this day, he is engaged in the struggle for men’s souls.  I aspire to be like him.

 So…Christian…square your shoulders today, the battle is not over.  Remember what the Scripture commands, “Rejoice!”  “Give thanks unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ (II Cor 2:14) knowing that no weapon formed against you will prosper, and every tongue that rises up against you in judgment you shall condemn for this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord. (Isa 54:17).”  Our battle does not end with a four year term in the White House, it is for an eternity in God’s House called, “Heaven.”

Don’t be discouraged.  Don’t ever forget, Satan thought he had won on Friday…but Sunday was coming!


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Decision Time

Make A Decision!

Decisions, decisions, decisions!  We all have to make them and we all procrastinate as long as we can with difficult decisions.  We say, “We’re trying to get all the facts before we decide,” but we are really trying to decide what happens if we do this and what happens if we do that…if we’re not sure, we prefer to put off the decision hoping that someone or something will make it for us.  (You’re probably not like that, but the rest of us are)

Well, tomorrow is Decision Day.  It is more than Election Day.  It is a day in which we will decide on a direction that our nation will take for the next several decades.  Your children and grandchildren will be effected by the decision you make tomorrow.  If that seems melodramatic, I assure you it is not.

Consider These Decisions…

It was an ELECTED judge whose decision began the rulings that led Roe v. Wade to the Supreme Court where justices appointed by ELECTED Presidents and confirmed by ELECTED Senators made a decision (against over 100 years of precedent law) that abortion was legal.  That initial ruling is now being interpreted as a “right.”

It was a Supreme Court APPOINTED by ELECTED Presidents and confirmed by ELECTED Senators that made the decision that God was to be removed from our society.  The Court’s decision was that the Constitution provided for a “separation clause” that has been used to work toward a secular society.  The Court’s decision was not based on a strict interpretation of the document, and its interpretation still plagues this nation.

It was an ELECTED Senate that, for political reasons alone, made the decision to allow a man, disbarred for lying, to remain President.  And the currently ELECTED President makes Mr. Clinton look like a saint.

Here’s Why YOU Need To Make A Decision

Mr. Obama has called the United States a “post-Christian” nation.  It was Mr. Obama’s decision that has plunged the United States into more debt in four years than his predecessors combined.  It has been Mr. Obama’s decision to lie about his faith.  The decision or decisions made regarding the events in Benghazi ultimately lie with Mr. Obama.  It was Mr. Obama’s decision to send out surrogates to blame an obscure video for an Al-Qaida attack.

It was Mr. Obama’s decision to appoint and approve an Attorney General who has thumbed his nose at Congress and everyone else.  The decision to pass what has become known as “Obamacare” was made in the middle of the night by ELECTED officials who cared nothing for the unintended consequences of their actions.

It is the decision of the Department of Health and Human Services and its APPOINTED Secretary, to require employers to “cover” abortive and contraceptive drugs to their employees even though their personal religious convictions are violated.

Saul Alinsky was never elected to any office, but his beliefs and writings have been studied and believed by liberal democrats for decades.  Contrary to the Judeo-Christian eithic upon which this nation was founded, Alinsky’s philosophy has been blatantly adopted as public policy by the current administration.  Every decision that this administration has made is tainted with Alinsky’s sewage.

My Decision Is A Matter of Faith

Please don’t think that I am so naïve as to believe that the Republican ticket is perfect, but the alternative makes my decision relatively easy.  Governor Romney was not my first choice for a candidate, but the socialist, godless, anti-family, morally bankrupt agenda put forth by the Democrats and Barack Obama is beyond my contempt.  As a Christian, not a Republican, I cannot allow Barak Obama and the democrats the opportunity to APPOINT anyone who will continue to marginalize the Church, violate the sanctity of life, and to thumb their noses at those of us who believe that values matter.

As I said earlier, my decision in my personal vote does not reveal naivete.  Romney may be a better decision but I do not (and probably will not) agree with all of his policies.  However, I do believe he will restore a measure of dignity to the Office of President.  And, I do believe that he hold a faith in Almighty God that the current administration disdains.

It is time for you to make your decision.  I call, today, for you to vote tomorrow.  If you don’t agree with me, go vote just to cancel me out!  Get involved in the process, make a decision.  Your vote, your decision, might make the difference between a baby living and dying, your kids learning the value and importance of prayer, and continuing to worship the God whom we serve freely.

Moses challenged Israel to make a decision to serve the Lord and Joshua did likewise.  Joshua’s words seem to summarize my feelings on this day before Decision Day.  “. . .if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.  But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD!”

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“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”

We, the People!  Note where the burden of responsibility was and still is placed, it is on We, the People.  We, the People will decide on an historical course for our nation in the next few weeks.  Many are fasting and praying for the decisions that will be made.  It is appropriate that we do. 

I have been involved, for the past couple of years, with an organization called The Proud Americans.  It is a politically conservative organization that proclaims the traditional values of God, Family, and Country that made this nation great.  I have been blessed and honored to speak, not only at church events, but all manner of events, including state-wide political events.  I have learned something very frightening during my travels.

Only about half of the people who call themselves Christians in this country, are registered to vote.  That means about 30 million of the 60 million or so “named” Christians are on the sidelines when it comes to electing people that represent the Christian view of marriage, life, and freedom.  That, to me, is an appalling statistic.  We, the People, doesn’t include half the Church?  Surely not!????

I have become weary of hearing pastors (who are educated to know better) proclaim that the Church has no right to speak to political issues.  Tell that to Nathan, Isaiah, Peter, and Jesus Himself.  I hear much noise from them and others, that our Constitution separated Church and State.  No it did not.  What is guaranteed is that we will never have a State Church (such as the Anglican).  The Constitution and the men that wrote it never intended that Christians stand down and never bring their world-view to the debate.  We, the People includes, actually expects, Christians to lead the way and be the conscience of our government.

As I speak in various churches, I encourage people to vote every time they have the opportunity.  Christians must participate.  I have never, would never, and don’t encourage anyone to vote based on party, personality, race, denomination, or “likability.”  I will encourage a vote, and will personally vote for people who share my Christian world-view and will work to advance it.  I will also do everything in my power to defeat candidates who do not.  We, the People bear the responsibility of electing worthy officials.

What a candidate believes about the definition of marriage matters to me.  What a candidate believes about when life begins matters to me.  What a candidate believes about freedom of speech and what defines “hate speech” is critical to me.  And those things are fundamental to We, the People.

The sanctity of life and marriage being between one man and one woman are not societal inconveniences, they are Biblical standards, truths.  Any politician who would “change” the truth of the Bible does not belong in a position of authority.  We, the People won’t allow it happen if we are true to our responsibilities.

But what do We, the People do when neither candidate “feels” right?  What do We, the People do when it seems that there is much to dislike about both candidates?  What do We, the People do when one candidate supports one issue appropriately and the other candidate supports another issue appropriately?  There are two things We, the People must do.

First, be informed.  One cannot even pray if not informed on the issues.  If you vote a straight party ticket – either party – shame on you, and don’t complain about anything because you have not voted from an informed basis.  There are scalawags in both parties (and some independents as well) who do not deserve your vote as a believer.  Don’t vote for them!  You must read, listen, watch, talk, discuss, debate, and learn about which candidate will uphold the values we hold dear.  Whether on a national level or local level, it matters not.  We, the People must know for whom we vote.

Second, and critical for We, the People, PRAY.  Seek God’s direction and wisdom as you vote.  He has promised that when we lack wisdom and pray, He will provide it to us.  But when you pray, make time to listen.  Talking “at” God is not prayer.  Ask, seek, and be still.  He will speak to your spirit in that “still small voice.”

It is, “We the people”, that put men and women into office.  It is “We the people” that have the power to replace them if their service has been unacceptable to “We the people.”

“We the people” means the family, the neighborhood, the local community, the Township, the County, the State, the Nation, and, most importantly, The Church.  When “We the People” humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, turn from our wicked ways, then He has promised to hear our prayers and change our circumstances (Miller’s paraphrase of II Chronicles 7:14).

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