Voting: An American Barometer-3
In meteorology, a barometer measures atmospheric pressure. We have looked at how voting measures three things in America:
We finished Racism and America’s purpose, now on to Christianity. I would like to include two parts to help elucidate how voting measures the ‘state of Christianity’ in America:
1.Word of God
(These two points are not necessarily in order of importance)
First, the Word of God, through the prophet Hosea declares:
They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.
A few of the teaching points of this verse are:
1.The people have a responsibility to their rulers.
2.There is a right and wrong way to choose a king
3.God wills the use His guidelines/Holy Spirit to determine a king
4.It is possible for the people to choose a wrong ruler
5.The reason for choosing a wrong ruler is ignoring/disobeying God
6.The choice of a wrong ruler, by default, creates an idol
7.The wrong ruler will generate God’s judgment upon the ruler, and the nation.
8.Money plays a critical role in rulership.
a.Who is set in authority
b.How one rules when in authority
Or, how about this verse:
The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
…that a godless man should not reign, that he should not ensnare the people.
Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.
Or, one more for good measure:
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
Like a legitimate coin needs a heads and tails to be considered legal tender, so choosing a political leader using God’s word/Bible possesses two sides: positive and negative. The positive side is to examine the potential candidate to determine whether his/her personal AND public life aligns with the scripture. For example, 2Samuel 23:3 says a ruler must possess the fear of the Lord. Does your candidate fear God? A study of the Bible regarding the definition of the fear of the Lord should reveal whether your candidate fits this qualification.
The negative side is to determine who cannot be your choice for political leader through a promotion of sin. For example, if a candidate promotes obvious sins like abortion, pornification of the culture, sexual perversion, gay marriage, atheism, etc. --according to the Bible--that person has just disqualified himself from holding political office.
A final question remains: how many ‘Christians’, use these verses, or others like them, to choose political officials? I emphatically say…very few! Yet that is the very point. The Bible teaches us to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith(2Cor13:5). Therefore, your love for God, is demonstrated by your desire to keep His word (Jn14:21). One way to examine your love for God, is to ask yourself, why you are voting for who you are voting for? However you genuinely answer that question is a barometer of your love for God.
To this point, I must sadly report that America has abandoned God, which I repeat, is especially revealed by who His people vote for. As a consequence, not only is America at the end of being a ‘Christian’ nation; but more importantly, America cannot long glorify God if His people continue to ignore His word!
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people -Pro14:34
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD… -Ps33:12
The God of the Bible blesses only righteousness; but judges sin!
We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
Bertha Calloway -- Fonder of the Great Plains Black Museum
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