God or a King: Which Do You Prefer?

 

Here it is, Sunday morning at 11:00am.  The Sunday before the mid-term elections in America.  The will be the first if not the second time you heard that it is your Christian “duty” to “vote the Bible” (the other possible time is the Sunday before or after Independence Day).  While it is true that you are to choose your candidates wisely as I have stated in previous posts, it should not be the first or second time you hear this from the pulpit.  We as Christians in America have the right established by God, privileged by our Constitution to choose candidates that reflect our Biblical values, not party affiliation or skin tone like we did in the last election.  I go into this further in Sign Post Ahead:  Bridge Out America.  This is an opportunity – possibly our last one, to correct the mistakes that we made in 2008.

We in the Church need to sober up and realize the fact we are in this situation because we chose to neglect our duties to steward the rights God has given us;  thinking it is “someone else’s job” to take care of our rights.   In reality, it is all of our jobs as Americans to do this.  However, it is the job as the Christian in America to set forth righteous policy in our country.  How is this to be accomplished?  It is through righteous and balanced preaching of the Word of God behind the pulpit as well as those in the pew adhering to it, that we the Christian are to be God’s instrument in setting forth this policy.  From choosing righteous candidates to holding those same candidates accountable after they’re elected, it is the Christian that is supposed to lead the charge in this arena.   To abandon this responsibility is to say we are willing to submit to a non-Biblical worldview, something the Christian should consider in this area of living sacrilegious.

I make no apologies about how harsh this may sound to some Christians, especially Pastors.  I have said it before and it bears repeating again:  If order flows from the top-down, repentance never flows from the bottom-up.  I fault the present situation in our country squarely on our (the Christian’s) shoulders.  We have abandoned our responsibility of stewardship of the weightier things of God in this country due to erroneous or just outright false doctrine coming out our pulpits every Sunday morning.  We as Believers failed to act like Bereans and search the Scriptures to make sure that the one preaching from the pulpit is preaching the whole counsel of God in a balanced, yet doctrinally accurate way.  At the same time the Pastor has elevated themselves to almost rock star, even god-like status, thinking that they are above question from the “little people”.   How do you know if I’m taking to you?  If you felt a twinge of anger or offense from my last statement – you’re the one.

As it is stated in I Samuel 8:5 the elders (those who have the ability to make a choice) said unto  Samuel:  “Make us a king to judge us like the other nations”  On Tuesday November 2nd, we have that same opportunity.  We shall either choose God to rule over us, or we shall choose a king.  Read I Samuel  8:6-16 to see what happens when the elders chose a king.

 

This may be our last time to choose our candidates as free people in America.  Choose wisely in this election or you will not read about what happened to the Disciples in Scripture – You’ll live it.

God or a King: Which Do You Prefer?

Worldviews: Coming to an Election Near You

In this season of time known as election season,  we as Americans in general and Christians in particular,  have the God-inspired, Constitutionally ordained choice of who will rule over us.  The political “machines” have taken this sacred choice and perverted it into a cult of personality – which candidate has the most appeal to the voter.  We in turn, have joined into the fray by subscribing to the idea that if you are Conservative or Liberal, Republican or Democrat (or any other affiliation for that matter), that you were in the “right”  party and all others are in the wrong party and that it is your “duty” – from the machine’s point of view, to convert or eliminate those on the other side because they are your “enemy”.

People think politics is a complicated matter.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Politics is not a contest of party affiliation as it is a contest of worldviews.  In other words, on Election Day which worldview will we as a nation follow until the next election cycle?  I go into more detail about this in my blog “Elections Have Consequences”.   When you eliminate the “fluff” you are really left with two choices – A Biblical worldview or a Non-Biblical worldview.  Most Christians can not articulate what a Biblical worldview is.  Therefore you can’t confidently vote for something or someone that reflects your values.  What is worse is that you can’t convince a person that holds a Non-Biblical worldview through a discussion, that their worldview has flaws and that a Biblical worldview has the answers that they are looking for.  Consider this:

  • How would you classify abortion?  Murder of innocent blood or a woman’s right to choose?
  • How would you define marriage – as God sees between a man and a woman or something else that Scripture doesn’t support?
  • How would you classify the rights and freedoms you enjoy as an American – God given or government given? 
  • How do you view political office – as a responsibility to be stewarded or a stepping stone to get what you want?

These are just a few questions you would need to ask yourself before you engage a person with a different worldview, much less a candidate running for public office. I think we do God as well as ourselves a disservice if these questions are not addressed in our hearts and in the pulpit.   Like tithing, we must be continually  reminded that it is our decisions that bring forth God’s blessing or His curse.  It is our decision to elect a candidate that has a Biblical worldview.  It is our decision to pray one in if you don’t see one. 

I have encountered people who have tried to use Daniel 2:21 as a political “Get out of jail free” card; meaning it is Biblically permissible to get out of the political process.  However, we haven’t had a king ruling this country in over 200 years.  Remember, with the exception of the Judges, every political authority in Scripture was a dictatorship.  From Pharaoh to Agrippa and every one in between – including David and Solomon. 

However, every country in world history did have supreme ruling body on the Earth.  In the time of Jesus it was known as Caesar.  This would make many Christians feel justified in their minds that there is nothing we can do because they will quote “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar, and render unto God that which is God’s (see Matthew 22:21).  While this is true, in America we must recognize what is classified as Caesar.  Most Christians – including a lot of preachers get this incorrect.  “Caesar” in America is not the President, Governor, or any person in public office that has authority. It’s not the body itself; such as the U.S., State, or local government.  Caesar in America is the U.S. Constitution.  It is the supreme law of the land.  It is the document that all State officials, the entire Congress, The Supreme Court, and all service members in our our Armed Forces, including the President and Vice-Present swear and a oath of allegiance to uphold, protect, and defend. 

So in the day that we live in you can read Scripture this way:  Render unto the Constitution that which belongs to the Constitution.  Render unto God that which belongs to God.  When read in this context, knowing that the Constitution was framed around the Declaration of Independence – where over half the signers held seminary degrees, you can make the case that our Founders have a Biblical worldview and that it is our obligation to ensure that the Constitution remains the standard – not a “living document” that needs to be changed.   On November 2nd we will choose a worldview.  The question of what is more important to us as Christians and Americans will be answered on November 3rd: God’s blessing or His curse.

 

Choose Wisely, America.

Worldviews: Coming to an Election Near You

World Lawsuit on American Soil: How Eleven Countries Can Change American State Law

Just when I thought it could not get any worse, I find out how wrong I could be!  I thought I was in America.  A place where the Constitution would define the government’s limits and keep me safe.  I feel as if I have entered into some type of political “freak show”. Where the rule of law is tested by the whim of the individual, not the standard of the Constitution.  It is bad enough that Barack Obama has come to file a lawsuit against the State of Arizona because Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law (You can find the text of the law here).  Now you have 11 sovereign nations joining Obama and Eric Holder in suing the State of Arizona, its governor and its citizens for passing a law that is allegedly unconstitutional.

I have a question:  Since when did 11 foreign countries have the right to speak to; much less enter into litigation with the United States Government concerning an exclusive state’s rights issue?  The last time I checked, our state’s rights were designed for and by individuals who live in that state as to what is legal and what is not in that state. 

Once again, the question needs to be raised:  “Where’s the Church”?  This time they may have a personal interest in keeping silent.  Why?  Because the 11 countries:  Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Argentina typically have American missionaries in them preaching the Gospel.  What would happen to their safety if Church Pastors and leaders were to raise up a voice of opposition against their involvement in this litigation?  They would be in the position to either recall their missionaries and let their opposition to this illegal litigation be heard or stand silent and do nothing.

Those that called into five fold ministry leadership, you have the toughest choice you will have to make to date:  Because of your lack to mobilize action to hold the government accountable from the pulpit, you will have to make the unfortunate choice of sacrificing your missionaries or sacrificing your country.  For in this perilous time that we all live in, you have painted us into a corner.  That unless God intervenes and demonstrates His sovereignty over the Earth, all hope is truly lost.

This is the end result of keeping silent on holding our government accountable every Sunday while you preach to us on bringing in the tithe every Sunday.  It shows us in no uncertain terms where your priorities lie.  The weightier issues such as the freedoms that God has called us to steward, you have ignored while all the while preached to us on the temporary comforts of ease in this life.  We now have the unfortunate task should the Lord tarry, of passing trillions of dollars of debt to our children and grandchildren. At the same time being confined to an economic, social and political prison for which death or the Rapture are our only two forms of escape. If you call the nation to repentance from the pulpit, remember this:  If order always flows from the top-down, repentance never flows from the bottom-up. 

 

Show us the “Carpet Grab Dance” before you tell us do it.

World Lawsuit on American Soil: How Eleven Countries Can Change American State Law