Politics

Politically Speaking

I’ve read several posts on Facebook celebrating the Republican victories and the Senate majority. Several people have said, “We’ve taken America back!” No you didn’t. You’ve replaced one broken political party with another broken political party that can’t and won’t fix a broken political system that can’t fix America…And America is not the hope of the World.

Sadly, most of these people saying these things are Christians.

Again, America is not the hope of the World. Jesus is. Most of these people saying these things really are saying they want to return to a “moral” America. But morality isn’t the point of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is an overflow of the Gospel, but it is not the point of the Gospel. We have the leaders we have because we have the people we have casting the votes. We won’t change the World at the ballot box, we will change the World by preaching Jesus and seeing hearts set on fire for the Gospel. When hearts are changed, things will change at the polls…It’s not the other way around. Changed hearts should be what we are after, not simply different results in our elections. Americans could become the most moral people on earth, and be the most moral nation on the planet, and still burn in hell for eternity. So, if you want a different America, stop fighting about politicians and start telling people about Jesus.

Speaking of Jesus…

Jesus never really did talk a lot about politics. In fact, he seemed to go out of his way to avoid it. Jesus said his Kingdom is not of this World. His followers wanted to make it about politics. They wanted him to start a revolution and take power. When he refused to do so, what happened? Everyone turned on him. They were so focused on their oppressors and removing them from power, they couldn’t see the big picture, their need of a Heavenly King and a Lord of their life…That’s not much different than many Christians and many churches today. Jesus’ Kingdom is not of this World. One day he will rule all things, everything will be in submission to Him…those who are His will rule with Him. But that day isn’t yet here. Until he returns it won’t be. Instead of focusing so much on who will rule and reign in our nation today, lets spend more time focusing on who will reign with Christ. He came to seek and to save the lost. Let’s be about his business.

Does this mean you shouldn’t vote? Absolutely not. We all have to obey our conscience. Does this mean there aren’t issues worth fighting for? Absolutely not. We all must take up our part of the fight in the best way we see fit. This being said, the front line of the battle isn’t the ballot box, it’s in the hearts of the people. Until this changes, nothing else will.

End rant.

I’ve Been to the Mountaintop

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., From the Speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” delivered the night before he was assassinated.

Absolutely…

            We live in a world today that would like us to believe that there is no absolute truth. We live in a society so worried about being politically correct, that we hold our tongues just so we won’t offend anyone. We live in a society in which we are told that everyone’s religion is ok, and that all roads lead to God.

            Actually I do agree with the last statement. All roads do lead to God. The question is when you stand before Him, will it be to greet your savior or meet your judge? Will you be there ready for eternal life in fellowship with the God of the universe, or will you be doomed to an eternity of hell and suffering as a result of your disobedience and refusal to accept the word of God as truth.

            There is that word again, truth. Is there an absolute truth? And does it really matter? Well I’m here to tell you yes, it absolutely does. If there is no absolute truth then we are in big trouble my friends. Let me give you the truth that the Apostle Paul preached. In 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 Paul says, “that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas(Peter), then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.”

            Paul believed that the absolute truth was that Jesus had died for our sins, He was buried, and then raised from the dead on the third day. How important did Paul think this was? Well let’s move on and see what Paul said in verse 14. “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” Another word, if Christ hasn’t been raised from the dead then all of His preaching doesn’t matter, they are just empty words. Let’s look at verse 17,”And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.”

            Do you understand this? If Christ was not raised from the dead, then there is no forgiveness for your sins. You see Jesus died in order for you to be forgiven. Jesus took upon Himself the punishment for sin that we all deserve. Romans 6:23 tells us that “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” When Jesus died on the cross, he accepted the death that we deserved because of our sins. But when God raised Him from the dead, He was validating who Christ was, and showing us that His sacrifice was acceptable. So if Christ was not raised, then you and I are still in our sins, and are still separated from God. In verse 19 of 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 Paul says, “If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”

            If Christ has not been raised from the dead then Christians more than anyone else ought to be pitied. We have put all of our hope in something that is not true. Everything that we have believed and preached would have been a lie. If Jesus wasn’t raised from the dead then He was just a man. And a man cannot take away sin. A lot of people will tell you that Jesus was in fact just a man, and a great moral teacher, but I love what C.S. Lewis said, “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said wouldn’t be a great moral teacher. He’d either be a lunatic-on a level with the man who says he’s a poached egg-or else he’d be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But don’t let us come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He hasn’t left that open to us. He didn’t intend to.”

            I’m so thankful that I don’t need anyone’s pity because as Paul says in verse 20, “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead.” I’m here to tell you that is the absolute truth. Whether you believe that or not is up to you, but you have to make that choice. There is nothing more important. Because either Christ was raised from the dead or you are stuck in your sins. Either Christ was raised from the dead or there is no hope. It is really that simple. And that is the absolute truth…

Barack Obama, and our hope

Today Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. I didn’t vote for him, and I disagree with him on many issues. This being said, he is my president and I will pray for him, and I pray he will be the greatest president our great country has ever had. No matter what anyone’s opinion is of the man, one thing is undeniable. Barack Obama has inspired a nation, and a world. Today was a day of hope for all Americans, and peoples all over the world. Hope is a good thing, hope is a great thing, but we must be very careful where we place that hope. Barack Obama is not the savior of America or the World, Jesus Christ is. Barack Obama will not bring America or the World peace. One day Jesus Christ will. As I watched the inauguration ceremony, and the festivities that followed today I noticed the excitement, the sense of confidence, hope, and faith that the people had in this man, and I couldn’t help but wonder, what if those people had those feelings towards Jesus. How great a place this would truly be. It made my heart sad, that so many are so willing to place that much hope and trust in a man, but not in God. Again, hope is a good thing, but please be careful where you place that hope.

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.” Psalm 118:8-9
“Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.” Psalm 146:3
“Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord…Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:5, 7-8

Faith in Politics

So many times in politics I’ve heard a politician say something like,”Well thats my belief, but I can’t let my beliefs, or my faith determine my policy.” My answer is..why not?!?!

If you are a person of faith, and your faith does not determine who you are, how you think, what you do..is that faith? If your beliefs and faith does not effect your policies, and how you govern. Then those aren’t really beliefs. That isn’t faith. It may be an ideal, but that is different from faith and really believing in something.

One of the candidates in this presidential election is a self professed christian. It almost seems to me like he has played the “religion card” in order to appeal to the evangelical christian voter. The problem is this candidate supports abortion. He has talked about how people cling to “religion and guns”. He has also made the case that christians ought not to argue their points based on what the bible says.

As a christian, what is more important than what the bible says? I do agree we shouldn’t cling to “religion”, but we must cling to Christ and our God. No Christian should be able to support abortion rights with a good conscience. The Bible is clear that life begins in the womb. I happen to believe the scientific definition of life supports this view as well.

The other candidate, ironically within a party that is typically the more “religious” of the two. Has not done a lot to tout his own faith. He has refused to use this religion card to appeal to the voters. I respect that. I believe this man to be a man of faith, but I respect the fact that he hasn’t used his religion to try to win votes. To what extent his faith plays into his public policies, I cant say. But I can say that he hasn’t tried to play that card.

I do pray that God would strengthen his faith, as I pray the same for his opponent. I pray that both candidates would turn to God, and rely on His wisdom and guidance, both in this election, and as they govern and determine policy. I also pray that if either candidate is not saved, that God would save their souls and fill them with His Spirit.

God bless America!