We are not electing a pastor
At the risk of angering some of you beyond reason, last night’s primary has set the stage for what many Christians have been saying-“If Donald Trump wins the nomination, I’m not voting.” Folks, there is a reality here that we must face up to. Irrespective of the who gets the Republican or Democratic nomination for President, your civic duty is to shape the world around you the best you can for Christ. The early Christians didn’t give up because they were under Roman rule. At least we have a say. And, quite frankly, not voting at all or writing someone in who hasn’t a chance, is a cop out. Tough words, I know, but we are not electing a pastor. If we were, by the condition of the church, we haven’t much to show there either.
Many have written and asked what I want you to do. It’s not what I want you to do. It’s what the Holy Spirit is telling you to do. We often are so heavenly minded, that we are not much earthly good. We live on earth today. This life we are living is the basis for how we will be judged by the Lord. He has given us the Holy Scriptures to educate us in His ways. He has sent the Holy Spirit to guide us. Trouble is, there has been so much unholy doctrine taught, so many conflicting viewpoints, so much strange fire and noise that we often cannot even discern the truth to make a decision. How many emails have you received that say “Here is the real truth about…” only to find they are nuts? Just saying.
In the lead up to Ronald Reagan’s candidacy, Christians became very active at the local political level. We became committee members, assisted in the selection of candidates, and became delegates. We not only elected Reagan, but also a Republican majority in the Senate for the first time in nearly 30 years. This all occurred because we engaged locally. But there were many, many pastors who preached against us, saying that Christians should not be involved in politics. These pastors handicap Christians by their false teachings about Romans 13:1-2, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resists the power, resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”
If this meant to just accept evil rulers, Peter and the Apostles would have brought upon themselves damnation by resisting the Sadducees in Acts 5:29, when they said, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” A couple of points: 1) If we don’t like the choice of candidates, we have to get involved early in the process-that’s not an option now, and 2) we are not electing a pastor-we need to choose the candidate we believe will do the best to protect ourselves and our families and preserve our freedom. To do that, you must vote, and vote for a viable candidate rather than hide behind some esoteric concept of false spirituality or haughty, but misguided, principle. This is real. Life is now. We must act here on earth.