VERSES TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN WE VOTE
B. J. Clarke
We need to realize that our vote
may pave the way for the
destruction of our society, because
the downfall of the home is but a
prelude to the downfall of a
No one knows more about what a nation needs than Almighty
God. His Word affirms that righteousness exalteth a
nation, but sin is a reproach to any people (Prov.
14:34). Moreover, God breathed out His Word and it contains
instruction in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Thus, if
righteousness exalts a nation, and Gods Word contains
instruction in righteousness, a nation will be exalted if it
follows the instructions of Gods Holy Word.
As Americans, we live in a country where we are
afforded the opportunity to choose our leaders. Consequently, it
is imperative that we be informed about what constitutes
righteousness so that we may vote for the candidates who most
closely mirror the righteous principles of Holy Scripture.
Let us examine some verses to keep in mind when we
Proverbs 16:8, Better [is] a little with
righteousness than great revenues without right.
In other words, ITS NOT ABOUT THE ECONOMY, STUPID!
Lest the reader be offended by my use of the word
stupid, I would remind you of where this language
originated. In the 1992 election, advisors to Bill Clinton
explained that they needed to narrow the emphasis of their
campaign down to one simple formula. Would they focus on foreign
policy, on social issues, or on the economy? They decided to zero
in on the economy and thus came up with a slogan to remind them
to stay on message. The slogan they came up with was,
Its the economy, stupid! Yet, as you can see from
the passage in Proverbs 16:8, God doesnt see it that way!
Of course we all want to live in a nation that has a
strong economy; but according to the Holy Spirit, if we had to
choose between being economically strong and being
morally upright, it would be better to have a little
with righteousness than to have great revenues without right.
Perhaps no leader has ever presided over a stronger economy than
did Solomon. Read 1 Kings chapters 4-10. You will be astonished
at the immense wealth of Solomons kingdom. 2 Chronicles 1:15
describes the economy of Solomons day: And the king
made silver and gold at Jerusalem [as plenteous] as stones, and
cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that [are] in the vale
But there was a problem, king Solomon loved many
strange women and allowed these women to lead him into
idolatry (1 Kings 11:1-4). In spite of a tremendous economy,
Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not
fully after the Lord, as did David his father (1 Kings
11:6). His leadership in economic matters was unparalleled, but
he also led a nation into idolatry (1 Kings 11:7). Consequently,
the Lord was angry with Solomon and took his kingdom away from
him (1 Kings 11:9-13).
Let this truth sink in: In spite of a booming
economy, God voted Solomon out of office! What does that
tell you about what matters to God when it comes to a
nations leaders? We need to remember that It is an
abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is
established by righteousness (Prov. 16:12).
It is high time, indeed it is past time, for Gods
people to put MORALS over MONEY when it comes to casting their
votes! Consider these verses...
Proverbs 25:5 Take away the wicked
[from] before the king, and his throne shall be established in
A leader is often only as good as the counselors with
whom he surrounds himself. Wicked counselors who give bad advice
to a leader are a blight upon the nation. We all remember what
happened to Rehoboam who rejected the wise counsel of the older
men and instead followed after the horrible advice of the younger
men (1 Kings 12:6-15). Consequently, the people mourned. No
wonder the Proverbs writer wrote, When the righteous are
in authority the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth
rule, the people mourn (Prov. 29:2).
It is important for a leader to surround himself with
righteous advisers rather than wicked counselors. The views of a
Presidents cabinet, and the views of the judges whom he
appoints, reveal much to us about the wisdom (or lack thereof) of
the leader who appointed them. According to Proverbs 25:5, if you
take away wicked advisers from a leader, you will help to
establish a more righteous government.
Proverbs 20:8,26 A king that
sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with
his eyes. ... A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the
wheel over them.
This passage indicates that the wise leader is tough on
crime. He will appoint judgment and justice to be meted out
against the wicked. In fact, the phrase bringeth the wheel
over them demonstrates that the wise leader deals severely
with evildoers. Since leaders set the tone for the nation, a
leader that is tough on criminal activity actually helps to
create a safer environment.
Proverbs 28:15 [As] a roaring
lion, and a ranging bear; [so is] a wicked ruler over the poor
people. Proverbs 29:14 The king
that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established
for ever. Proverbs 31:9 Open thy
mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and
These three texts show us that God is concerned about
equitable treatment of the poor and needy. God expects for a
leader to deal justly with the poor and needy. Now, some would
misinterpret this to mean that the leader of the government
should give free handouts to all poor people without regard to
their work ethic. However, God does not contradict Himself, and
we know that the same God who authored the three verses above
also wrote that if any would not work, neither should he
eat (2 Thess. 3:10). To vote for a candidate who pledges
to give handouts to those who wont even try to find a job,
is to vote against the righteous principle of Holy Scripture that
if a man wont work, neither should he eat. There is
something very motivational about hunger, and if we reward the
lazy with food they have not worked for, we are perpetuating
their lifestyle of lethargy.
Of course, there are many who are legitimately disabled
and others who are unemployed through no fault of their own. In
fact, it is important that we not go to an extreme and act as if
there are no legitimately poor people. The leader of a nation
ought to be concerned about the needs of all men, both rich and
poor. A righteous leader will not attack the rich or the poor. He
will fight for the rights of both. He will not punish those who
are reaping the rewards of their hard work. And at the same time,
he will fight against policies that would unfairly oppress the
poor and needy.
Psalm 139:13-16 For thou hast
possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mothers womb.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made:
marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right
well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in
secret, [and] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy
book all [my members] were written, [which] in continuance were
fashioned, when [as yet there was] none of them.
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the
belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I
sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the
nations. Luke 1:44; 2:12 For, lo,
as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the
babe leaped in my womb for joy. And this [shall
be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling
clothes, lying in a manger.
It is considered politically incorrect to oppose
abortion. After all, a womans body is her own and we have no
right to tell her what she can and cant do with it. At
least, that is what we are told. However, as the verses above
demonstrate, the Biblically correct view is vastly different. The
Bible teaches that all of life is sacred from the womb to
Whereas the Bible doesnt say explicitly, Thou
shalt not have an abortion, it does forbid the shedding of
innocent blood, which is precisely what abortion is (Prov. 6:17).
In fact, type the words innocent blood into your Bible
software program and get ready for some reading. There are at
least twenty passages that speak of how God views the shedding of
innocent blood. Shedding innocent blood is no small matter in the
eyes of God. It is a
n abomination! How then can the child
of God cast a vote for a politician who has blatantly promised to
perpetuate the practice of that which God calls
The Scriptures implicitly teach that life in the womb
is sacred. Look again at the declaration of the Psalmist to God
in Psalm 139:13-16 quoted above. One cannot read this passage,
and the passage in Jeremiah 1:5, without recognizing that God
acknowledges life in the womb as worthy of His notice. It is not
just a blob of tissue.
In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit described John
the Baptizer in the womb with the Greek word brephos,
translated babe in Luke 1:41,44. This same word is used
to describe Jesus after he had been born (Luke 2:12), thus
demonstrating that in Gods eyes, both are equally human. The
only difference is in development and environment. A small crumb
of bread is still bread and a tiny human being is still a human
The Biblically correct view points out that a body,
other than the womans body, is involved in every abortion.
It is, of course, the tiny body of the unborn child that is
shredded, mutilated and extracted from the womans body. All
of the fancy talk and politically correct references to the
fetus, cannot change the stark truth and reality of abortion.
Abortion is the deliberate taking (killing) of a human life. Do
you doubt it? If so, then answer a couple of questions please. 1)
Is that which is in the womans body a human being? Of course
it is! 2) From whence did it come? From two human beings! At
conception, a tiny human being is formed.
Is that which is in the womans body alive? Well,
why do you think abortion is necessary? Everyone knows that a
living human being is developing in the mothers womb and
that if something isnt done to prevent it, this living human
being will finally be born. The fetus is human, for it came from
two humans. The fetus is alive or else it wouldnt be
necessary to kill it; thus every abortion is the deliberate
killing of innocent human life. That sounds a lot like the
definition of murder to me.
In the future, when you go into the voting booth, will
you remember that shedding innocent blood is an abomination in
the sight of God?! Will someone please tell me how a child of God
can conscientiously cast a vote for a politician who has
blatantly promised to perpetuate the practice of that which God
Leviticus 18:22, Thou shalt not lie with
mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Matthew 19:4-5, And he answered and said unto
them, Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the
beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause
shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his
wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Genesis
2:24, Therefore shall a man leave his father and his
mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one
The very foundations of marriage and the home are under
attack and sadly, many political leaders are leading the charge.
To condemn homosexuality is politically incorrect.
However, those who are interested in Biblical correctness will
say, Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind:
it is abomination (Lev. 18:22). Suppose that a
Presidential candidate answered a question about homosexuality by
saying, My position about homosexuality is identical to that
of the Holy Bible. I believe that homosexuality is vile, against
nature, shameful and the activity of a debased mind (cf.
Rom. 1:26-27). If a candidate so answered, he would be crucified
by the media and the politically correct crowd. Though considered
politically incorrect, he would be Biblically correct, and, all
other things being equal, he would receive my vote if his
opponent believed otherwise. We need to realize that our vote may
pave the way for the destruction of our society, because the
downfall of the home is but a prelude to the downfall of a
The relationship between man and civil government is often
complex. The simple truth of the matter is that God ordained
government for the benefit of His creation. We must honor
government, but never more than we honor God.
We must honor the call of our Lord to be salt
and light in this unbelieving world (Matt. 5:14-16;
Phil. 2:16). The greatest impact the church can make upon society
is through the lives of its individual members. We can change the
world by changing the people in the world. For example, though
there is no express command forbidding slavery in the New
Testament, the attitudes bound upon men toward their fellow-men
within the New Testament, if practiced, will abolish slavery in a
culture. The book of Philemon is a good example of this.
In addition to influencing the culture through the
proclamation of the Gospel, both by my lips and my life, I must
determine to be salt and light by assisting the most righteous
leaders with my vote. It may not be possible to elect a man who
perfectly meets each and every qualification, and God forbid, the
time may come when all candidates are equally immoral in their
platforms. However, when there is a clear and discernible moral
divide between the candidates, the Christian must vote on the
basis of Christianity. He must vote in such a way as to advance
the cause of moral righteousness!
When I know that Jesus loves righteousness and hates
iniquity (Heb. 1:9), and when I know that He hates the shedding
of innocent blood (Prov. 6:16-17) and that He opposes
same-sex marriage (Gen. 2; Matt. 19:4-6), I can not,
and will not, punch a card, pull the lever, or touch the screen
for a candidate who is determined to promote that which my Lord
opposes! Neither will I boycott the ballot box and let such a man
be elected by my failure to be salt and light!
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Where the Candidates Stand
PRO-CHOICE IS PRO-DEATH!
Garland M. Robinson
Have you ever wondered what became of all the grave
yards that existed years ago? We dont have them
anymore. Theyve all become memorial gardens. The
same thing has happened to junk yards and garbage
dumps, they no longer exist. In their place has arisen
recycling facilities and land fills. Its
so much easier to think about that which is morbid, gruesome,
filthy and foul if we think of it in more pleasant terms. But a
hog cooling off in a pond and eating supplement does not change
the fact that its still wallowing in the sludge and eating
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?
The political correctness of the day wants to speak of
the systematic killing of human infants/babies while still in the
womb (between the ages of one day through nine months) as
abortion. In politics, the practice has been termed
pro-choice. It seeks to hide the fact that what is
involved is infanticide the slaughter, killing, murder of
innocent human beings by the millions! It is done in a variety
ways using the most gruesome and inhumane methods imaginable.
An expectant mother is considered to have the
right to do with her body as she chooses, in this case,
killing her child. What she fails to consider is that the baby is
NOT her body! It is another living human being. The proponents of
abortion call it pro-choice. This is done to make the
practice more appealing and less appalling. Pro-choice sounds so
much better than killing or murder.
Pro-choice is the same as PRO-DEATH. It says that an
expectant mother is free to choose to kill her unborn child or to
let her baby boy or baby girl live. She has the option to kill
her son or daughter just about any way imaginable. Some of the
most horrific (grossly offensive to decency or morality) and
dreadful (exceptionally bad or displeasing) means have been
invented to take the childs life.
Since the baby is yet unborn, its out of sight
(cant been seen except via sonogram). And, being out of
sight, its easier to put the baby out of
mind. This is why Planned Parenthood and other baby killing
operations fight desperately to prevent the childs mother
from seeing a sonogram of her baby and/or seeing pictures or
descriptions of the procedure that will be used to take the
childs life. Seeing her child in her womb would more likely
trigger her maternal and familial instinct and may cause her to
not go through with the abortion. This would drastically cut into
their profit making machine and cause layoffs of employees,
hurting the economy. Believe it or not, some argue this way.
What are some of the procedures used to kill the baby
in the safety and comfort of the womb?
The most common method of killing the unborn is the
suction procedure (aspiration) which literally rips apart
its body and vacuums the pieces out to be discarded.
Theres the D&C method (similar to the
suction) that cuts the living infant into pieces with a sharp
knife, which is then scraped out to be discarded.
There is the D&E method which uses forceps to
pull, twist and tear the flesh and bones into pieces. Usually the
spine must be snapped and the skull crushed in order to remove
There is the salt poisoning method which
involves using a long needle to inject a salt solution into the
fluid surrounding the baby. This method acts like a corrosive,
eating away at the babys lungs and skin. It literally burns
the baby alive and could take as long as an hour or more for the
baby to die. In about 24 hours, labor sets in and the dead baby
is delivered. There are some cases, however, in which the infant
is delivered alive in whats called a botched
abortion! The child is usually left unattended to die
suffering and alone. But, in some cases, the baby survives, lives
to be an adult, gets married and has children of their own. You
can find many survivors of abortion telling their story on the
President Barack Obama, while an Illinois state
senator, cast a no vote several times to bills that
would protect born-alive infants which would treat them as humans
and giving them protection under the law. His spin on
it was that he did not want to erode Roe vs Wade which granted a
woman a right to an abortion (in other words, a constitutional
right to kill her baby).
The Prostaglandin Chemical abortion induces
strong contractions which often crushes the infant, sometimes
decapitating it, and then pushes it out dead or dying.
Theres the Hysterotomy or Caesarean Section
abortion. It is used mainly in the last three months of
pregnancy. This method is practically the same as a Caesarean
except the umbilical cord is cut inside the womb which cuts off
the babys oxygen supply. The infant is then taken out and
left to die of neglect and exposure.
Theres the partial-birth abortion where the
abortionist uses forceps, guided by ultrasound, to grab one of
the babys legs and pulls it outside the mothers body.
He/she continues his work until the entire body of the baby, all
except the head, is pulled outside the mothers body. A pair
of scissors is then jammed into the babys skull and a tube
is inserted through which the babys brains are sucked out,
collapsing the skull. The remainder of the dead infants body
is then completely removed. In the mind of some, babies at this
point are not yet human beings since they have not been
completely born. Can you imagine anything more inhumane and
outrageous than this? Neither can I. No wonder God said that all
who follow the devils way will be tormented with him in
eternity (cf. Matt. 25:41).
On Mars Hill, Paul declared that God ...giveth to
all life, and breath, and all things (Acts 17:25).
WHAT ABOUT THE UNBORN?
The unborn baby is a human being with its own unique
personality. God said to Jeremiah, Before I formed
thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out
of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto
the nations (Jer. 1:5). God knew Jeremiah even before he
was born. How could this be if the unborn is not a living human
being? Jeremiah was not just fetal tissue or a blob of
David was still David even before he was born
(cf. Psa. 51:5). Though yet unnamed by his parents while still in
the womb, he was known of God. David was not a lifeless piece of
In Luke 1:40-41, we read that Mary entered into
the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to
pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the
babe leaped in her womb. John, who would be
the immerser as an adult, was a human being in Elisabeths
womb. What if she had opted for a career and had an abortion?
John would not have been the forerunner of Jesus our Lord (cf.
We should be thankful that God did not choose to send
his only begotten Son into the world in our generation,
he might have been aborted and never had the chance to die for
The Greek word for babe means an unborn
child, embryo, fetus; a newborn child, an infant, a babe. It
refers to an unborn child in Luke 1:41, an infant in Luke 2:12
and a small child in 2 Timothy 3:15. Advocates of abortion make a
distinction between the unborn and the born. However, the Bible
makes no distinction between the unborn and the infant or young
In the Old Testament, the law of Moses speaks of men
fighting and accidently injuring a woman which causes a premature
delivery of her baby. God says that if both the mother and baby
survive with no injury, the man is to be punished according
as the womans husband will lay upon him and the judges
determine. But, if either the mother or infant is injured,
then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for
tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound
for wound, stripe for stripe (Exod. 21:22-25). If God felt
this way about accidental abortion, imagine how He must view the
doctors, nurses and mother who willfully and intentionally aborts
the child with the intent to kill.
Romans 1:31 speaks of those who are without
natural affection. This phrase means love of
kindred or the lack of affectionate regard towards ones
children. Without a doubt, a mother that can deliberately kill
the innocent child in her womb is lacking that normal motherly
affection which God expects of mankind. Unless the guilty repent,
they will have no home in heaven.
Proverbs 6:17 says God hates those who shed innocent
Advocates of abortion, the pro-choice crowd, dont
care what the Bible says. This includes every-day Americans, from
factory workers to business owners, politicians to church
members. All who endorse, promote, vote and defend the practice,
turn a blind eye and deaf ear to multiplied millions of screaming
infants whose home has been invaded and mercilessly sacrificed
(killed) on the altar of mammon and selfishness. Romans 1:32
speaks of both those who practice evil and those who sit idly by
and take pleasure in them that do.
Christians are the salt of the earth
and the light of the world (Matt. 5:13-16). Our
job is to permeate and influence society for righteousness. Our
voice can be heard when we exercise our constitutional right at
the voting booth. We must work and pray that godless morals may
be reversed throughout all the land and the entire world.
To those who believe the unborn child is nothing more than a
lifeless piece of flesh, consider the following medical facts:
- 2 1/2 weeks heart begins to beat, separate blood
- 3 weeks eyes, spinal cord, nervous system, lungs and
intestines are present.
- 6 weeks brain activity can be recorded on the
electroencephalogram (EKG) and movement can be detected.
- 7 weeks fingers, knees, ankles and toes.
- 8 weeks grab an instrument placed in his palm. An
electrocardiogram can be done.
- 11 weeks all organs are present and functioning.
- 18 weeks active, energetic, flexing muscles, punching
It is undeniable that life begins at conception!
When we consider what Hitler did to the Jews, we cringe
and shudder in horror and dismay. Millions were murdered in Nazi
gas chambers and death camps. But what about the millions of
innocent babes being poisoned, dismembered, and ripped apart in
their mothers womb? What in the world is the difference
between the two? The honest observer must admit that there is
none! Murder is still murder even if it is called abortion.
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GOD, POLITICS AND THE DNC
Garland M. Robinson
Wake up America! Its later than you think. The world is
burning through the acts of terrorists and people across this
country are more interested in seeing dancing with the
stars than they are in learning and heeding Gods
Eternal Word! Evil has existed from the beginning and every
generation has its share. The Bible plainly tells us that when
men forget God, God will forget them.
WHERE THE LORDS CHURCH STANDS
America as a nation is so quickly removing itself from
any sense of moral uprightness and decency. Its been coming
for a long time and when it reaches its fullness, how long will
God allow it stand? Weve heard warning after warning about
it from faithful Gospel preachers. Yet wickedness and corruption
is growing at an alarming rate all across the land. The hearts of
people are turned toward themselves and growing worse by the day.
Unless the moral climate of this nation is turned around, the
whole country will continue to be engulfed in the bitter spiral
of decline, farther and farther into the pits of degradation.
Yea, its already there!
Evil and wickedness is raising its ugly head in a more
brazen fashion than weve ever seen in our lifetime. As it
was in the days of Jeremiah 5:31, so is it in our day.
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule
by their means; and my people love [to have it] so: and what will
ye do in the end thereof? Isaiah 5:20 reads, Woe
unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness
for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and
sweet for bitter!
The point of moral decline was made very apparent in
the recent Democratic National Convention held in
Charlotte, North Carolina (the first week of September, 2012). It
was reported that more than 100 mainline denominational churches,
ranging from Baptists and Methodists to Assembly of
God, mobilized to pray for the convention. On Sunday
starting that week, more than 9,000 people gathered for prayer.
The event received only meager coverage in the news (which is par
for the course). However, when about 200 Muslims gathered to
pray, it was given extensive national coverage.
Something is seriously wrong with this picture!
It was also reported that about 56 churches wanted to
put gift baskets together featuring Carolina Pralines and a
letter welcoming them to the city and offering assistance in
transportation, childcare or spiritual matters. But
according to the churches, the Democratic National Committee
banned them from distributing their baskets saying the churches
hold values that are contrary to the party platform.
Leaders in the churches said their point was to show
southern hospitality to those coming to town. But, DNC officials
told city officials that the churches would not be allowed to
distribute their gift baskets. The churches were told their views
on womens rights were contrary to the platform. The churches
then asked if they could send welcome letters to the
delegates. The DNC refused again saying it was because the
churches hold pro-life values, denying womens right to
It is evident the DNC wanted no part of moral values in
their program, principles or position. They did not even want the
word God or the word Jerusalem in their
platform at all making sure it was not included. When news
of this received some attention, the motion was made to have a
vote to include the words God and Jerusalem
back into the platform. A voice vote was taken three times to
include the words God and Jerusalem in their
platform and was finally forced through in spite of loud audience
Events such as these are major, major news items and
yet little to nothing was reported in the mainline news about it.
The Lords church has no part in politics and has
nothing to do with either the Democratic or Republican
Parties/Conventions. The churchs role is solely in the
spiritual realm. Its work is in promoting and defending the
Truth, the Word of God, the Gospel of salvation (Jude 3; Phil.
However, when a person, a people or organization
teaches, promotes, defends and/or denies truth and righteous
principles, then you can expect the Lords people to speak up
against it. The faithful in the Lord will always teach truth and
refute error. The fact that leaders in the DNC did not want to
have anything to do with God or righteous principles, reveals
just how far removed from truth and morality so many have gone.
It makes no difference whether these things are among Democrats,
Republicans or Independents. Error must be exposed because THIS
IS NOT A POLITICAL ISSUE. IT IS A BIBLICAL / MORAL ISSUE.
As Christians, we should exercise our right at election
time to vote for those candidates that have a moral sense of
decency and oppose those candidates that do not. Dont leave
your christianity at home when you vote. Far too often
people vote merely because of political party or a promise of
economic prosperity. It ought not be that way. There is a vast
difference among politicians regarding their moral stance. Too
many run their campaign on the promise of defending the right of
mothers-to-be to take the life of their unborn child. God forbid!
Such thinking as this is twisted and warped and void of any moral
decency! To vote for one with this view is disastrous to the
moral climate of our county and ones own soul. Dont be
guilty of contributing to moral decay. Learn where the candidates
stand on moral issues and vote according to moral uprightness.
Proverbs 14:34 says, Righteousness exalteth a
nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. God desires
we contend for righteousness and moral decency. God will bless
this nation when its morals rise to meet His standard. But if we
continue our downward plunge into debauchery, immorality,
wickedness and corruption, this nation will not be blessed by God
nor will he allow it to stand forever. God will bring it low.
All that wickedness needs to succeed is for good people
to do nothing! To do nothing is in effect supporting the evil
because you are allowing it to succeed. Are you having a part in
Americas moral decline or its rise?
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SHOULD A CHRISTIAN VOTE?
B. J. Clarke
Christians should do everything
within their power to put moral
leaders into positions of power in
every level of government, whether
it be local, state or federal.
Without a doubt, the best way to revolutionize the American
nation (or any nation for that matter) is to convert one person
at a time to the holy nation that belongs to Jesus Christ, the
church (Matt. 28:19-20; 1 Peter 2:5-9; Col. 3:1ff). Neither the
United Nations, the Congress, nor the White House, can pass
enough legislation to make the world a better place apart from
Christ. Civil government, in and of itself, is insufficient to
save the world.
Having said that, it is apparent that the more
righteous the climate of a nation is, the better the chance is of
finding receptive hearts for the Gospel plan of salvation. It is
harder to reach souls for Christ in a lawless, immoral society
than it is in a society that reveres and respects the moral code
of the Bible.
Proverbs 29:2 proves that life is better when the
righteous are in authority. The passage declares: When
the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the
wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. Since the people
rejoice when the righteous are in authority, should it not be the
goal of every Christian to attempt to put the righteous into
places of authority? Since righteousness exalts a nation (Prov.
14:34), should not every Christian seek to elect officials who
adhere to righteous principles and practice?
The stark contrast between a righteous and unrighteous
ruler is evidenced on many pages of the Old and New Testament.
Consider the difference between Haman (Esther 3:15) and
Mordecai (Ester 8:15). Read the history of the kings of
Judah and Israel and see if the righteousness or unrighteousness
of these rulers had any impact upon these nations. And, what
about the ruler Herod? Did not his attitude toward
righteousness affect the people over whom he reigned (Matt.
2:1-3,16-18)? His subjects did not have the opportunity to vote
him out of office for someone better. They were stuck without the
right to vote. However, those of us who possess the right and
privilege to vote can help to determine the moral climate in
which our children will be raised.
Accordingly, it is the conviction of this author that
Christians, as individuals, should not completely divorce
themselves from the consideration of political issues and the
election of suitable political officials. Rather, Christians
should do everything within their power to put moral leaders into
positions of power in every level of government, whether it be
local, state or federal.
We have the opportunity and obligation to try to
leaven our society by either running for office as
individuals or seeking to vote into office individuals who are
committed to righteous principles. Furthermore, these
principles of righteousness will be as broad as the New
Testament and not as narrow as the platform of a particular
political party. Hence, we will look for candidates who are as
concerned about the poor as they are the unborn and vice versa.
Please observe that I am not writing this article as a
Republican, nor am I writing as a Democrat. Im
not even writing as an Independent. I am writing as a
Christian. Whenever I enter the voting booth, I do not
enter it as a Democrat, Republican or an Independent. After all,
it wasnt a Republican or Democrat who died for my sins. And
it wont be a Democrat or a Republican sitting on the
judgment seat on the Day of Judgment.
I belong to Christ. He died to purchase my redemption.
Therefore, whenever I enter the voting booth, I will remember
that the Democratic Party doesnt own me. The Republican
Party doesnt own me. Christ owns me. That is what the word
The question is this: When I vote, will I vote as a
Christian in name only? Will my vote reflect Christian
principles, or will it help to elect a candidate whose positions
are blatantly antagonistic to the moral teaching of the Christ to
Whom I belong?
When I vote, will I turn a blind eye to the positions
of the candidate I am voting for simply because he/she has a
D or an R after his/her name? Will my
allegiance to the political party for which my family has always
voted be greater than my allegiance to Christ? Pray help me if it
is. What about you?
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ANCIENT ISRAEL AND MODERN AMERICA
Many people are wondering why Americas economy is in
such bad condition. Politicians on all ends of the spectrum are
arguing, pointing fingers and giving solutions to the
debt problem. The problem isnt going to be completely solved
until we get back to God.
ISRAEL AND AMERICA BLESSED BY GOD
The similarities between Israel and 21st century
America is interesting and frightening.
In Deuteronomy 28, Moses tells Israel of the blessings they
would receive in verses 1-14. These blessings depended on their
obedience to God (vs.1,9,14). They had already been blessed
because they already had what they would need (Deut. 6:10-12).
God has equally blessed America with material prosperity. We have
been given everything we need. We have the blessings and
opportunities that many in the world can only dream of, yet we
have thrown it away due to our stubbornness and rebellion.
GOING AFTER OTHER GODS
In Deuteronomy 4:26-28, Moses said to Israel: I call
heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall
soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan
to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall
utterly be destroyed. And the LORD shall scatter you among the
nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen,
whither the LORD shall lead you. And there ye shall serve gods,
the work of mens hands, wood and stone, which neither see,
nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. Israel did this by
worshipping Molech which had been forbidden (Lev. 18:20; 20:2-5;
Jer. 32:35) even to the point where the wicked kings Ahaz and
Manasseh sacrificed their own sons (2 Kings 16:3; 21:6).
THE TEACHING OF CHILDREN
The United States has gone after the gods of
money and entertainment by worshipping icons of pop culture
rather than God who is to be worshipped (John 4:24). American
children are being sacrificed to modern Molech at the altar of
selfishness in the form of legalized abortion which God abhors.
God said to Cain in Genesis 4:10, ...What hast thou done?
the voice of thy brothers blood crieth unto me from the
ground. Whose blood can be more innocent than the
unborn? We must realize that God will not bless a nation who
slaughters the most innocent of its citizens. We must realize
that children are a blessing (Psa. 127:3).
Israel was commanded to teach their children about Gods
word and what He had done for them (Deut. 6:6-9; Josh. 4:5-7).
However, they neglected this responsibility (Judges 2:10):
And all that generation were gathered unto their fathers:
and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the
Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.
There was no knowledge of God (Isa. 5:13; Hosea 4:1,6) because
there was no teaching. Parents are responsible for teaching (Eph.
6:4). Consider the example of those who took their children to
see Jesus (Mark 10:13-15). They were teaching their children.
STUBBORN AND REBELLIOUS
When children arent taught today, they dont
know God and His word. Parents have neglected that obligation and
then wonder why their children become agnostics or atheists when
they go to college. They blame the professors, preachers and
everyone but themselves.
Moses told Israel they were stubborn (Deut. 9:6,13; 31:27).
Their stubbornness continued because they wouldnt turn to
God and listen (Judges 2:19; 2 Kings 17:14-17; Neh. 9:9).
REPENTANCE IS THE SOLUTION
America has become the same way. Just like in
Isaiahs time, the people didnt want Gods word.
They wanted something to make them feel good (Isa. 30:9-11). In
modern America, many want Joel Osteen over the Bible because he
and others like him dont condemn but rather give the people
what they want just like Paul said would happen (2 Tim. 4:3).
Just like Judah, we think God isnt watching (Ezek. 8:12).
The country doesnt want the whole counsel of God (Acts
God promised His people He would heal them if they would
return to Him (2 Chron. 7:14). He will heal and bind after
tearing and smiting (Hosea 6:1). Nehemiah acknowledged the sins
of the people when he learned the walls of Jerusalem were still
on the ground (Neh. 1:4-11).
The United States must acknowledge its sins. Joel
called for an assembly of the people to cry to God (Joel
1:13-14). America must cry to God and ask for His forgiveness. We
must humble ourselves (Psa. 18:27; 147:6; Micah 6:8). God does
not overlook ignorance in this age (Acts 17:30).
America has strayed far from God just as Israel did, but we
too can return just as the Scriptures teach. We must learn from
the mistakes of Israel and stop repeating them before its too
The fact of the matter is that no single politician or
plan is going to save our economy, but rather a return to God who
gave us this nation in the first place.
Brethren, Christians have been silent for too long. It
is now time to speak and get this country back on the path of
righteousness so that we may be blessed once more (Psa. 33:12).
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