Monday, October 20, 2014
Taking politics out of the election
Without citing statistics, the Christian population in America can determine the outcome of every elective office in the upcoming election. We are supposedly a nation of approximately 75% Christian. Christians are a hands-down majority. Why then do we have socialists and progressives holding office? It is, in my opinion, because we can’t seem to get past ourselves. Over the years, I have heard from many diverse types of Christians. Some believe they shouldn’t vote. Others believe they are of another kingdom, so they have no responsibility to America. Others have a difficult time with the choice of candidates. There are so many reasons why not, but few reasons why. We need a standard criteria.
The Bible tells us in Proverbs 29:2, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bears rule, the people mourn.” This nation has been falling apart for over a generation. It is my opinion that Christians are responsible. Jesus commanded in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, behold, I am with you always even unto the end of the age. Amen.” If we, as Christians, were effectively doing this, the candidates running for office would likely reflect the fruit of our labors.
It has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with who we are as Christians. This is very unpopular to say. But what we are hearing these days from the pulpit, the self-indulgent, self-enhancement, extra-biblical, and emotional gospel that is being preached is in great contrast to the self-less example of servant leadership Christ demonstrated and commanded us to do. We need to step outside of ourselves and do what the Lord told us–make disciples, teaching others to be doers of the word, not hearers only. Then, and only then, will people understand that you cannot separate your spirit from who you are–that you cannot take your faith belief out of how you govern. Otherwise the result is what we now have.
For me, there are specific standards that I use in casting a vote. Does the candidate exemplify godly principles and beliefs? If so, to what extent? Are these actions and beliefs in greater amounts than the other candidate? Folks, we have to start somewhere. God has given you life to live it out. Being a member of God’s kingdom is not mutually exclusive to where you live on earth, where you are to glorify him in what you do. Voting is part of our responsibility as citizens. I try to take the politics out of it and compare the candidate against scripture. I often do not like the choices of candidates, but I vote for the one I believe aligns the closest to God’s word. God-given freedom comes with responsibility. You can make the difference.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
For God’s Glory Alone Ministries thanks Bill Wilson and www.dailyjot.com