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If We Obey: Thoughts on the Upcoming Elections

By Watchman | October 28, 2010

Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.” (Deut. 28:1)

“Return, you backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings.” (Jeremiah 3:22)

     We are now but a few short days from the mid-term elections here in the United States.  While there are many who believe that it is not the place of a Christian blog (or even Christian churches) to comment on the state of politics during election times, several thoughts have been weighing heavily on my heart during this time, and I feel the need to share them. 

     Certainly the above Scripture references were directed toward the Jewish people as they prepared to enter into the land to which  God had brought them but, as is always the case with the Bible, they have application to our lives as well.  Two years ago, we in the States elected to the office of the President a man who promised “hope and change”; a man who was charismatic, young, dynamic and extremely dangerous to the traditional standards that were the foundation upon which our country was built.  He is aided in his determination to change the face of American beliefs by the most liberal and irreligious Congress to ever preside over the legislation passed each year.  Political correctness has become the new religion of the country, and it is being forced onto our citizens with or without our consent.   Christian principles are now being packaged and marketed as “fear” and “hate-mongering” , while the place of Christ in our nation is being marginalized and thrust from the public view.  Herein is my warning:  If we choose that God should have no place in the electoral process, the blessings that God has given us will be taken away, and His hand of mercy lifted. 

     The history of America’s greatness is unique.  We were founded (despite what liberal pundits would have you believe) on Judeo-Christian principles.  Our Founding Fathers admitted that a republic would not be able to survive unless it were based on Biblical standards.  We have been blessed beyond measure as a country because of our willingness to follow the leading of the Almighty; providing more missionaries spreading the Gospel than any other country has been able to, and because we provided support and comfort to His chosen people, the scattered Jewish nation.  Mistakes have been made in this country’s history, of course: the scourge of  slavery during some of our early years, anti-Semitism that ebbed and waned periodically, wars that we might  have been in error to become involved in.  Yet through all of these things, the basic belief in the goodness of our Lord and the leading of good people of God has always brought us to repentence of wrong-doing and a restored relationship between our nation and God.  As a result, God made of us a great nation; prosperous, moral, and strong. 

     Slowly, over the last fifty or so years, things have been changing, so slowly at first that many of our people have remained unaware of what has been happening until  recently.  God has been removed from our public squares, our public education system, our governments and our holidays.  Now we are being told that while we have a right to our religious beliefs, we have no right to air them if in so doing someone else may be offended.  If we choose to support the traditional view of marriage, then we become bigoted, self-righteous haters of anyone who chooses a lifestyle that has now been pronounced to be perfectly normal.  If we choose to continue to fight for the rights of the unborn in the womb, we are said to be removing freedom of choice and declared to be fanatic, right-wing monsters who don’t care if women die or are driven mad by being forced to bear the child of a rapist.  If we, knowing what happens to the spirits of those who refuse the salvation offered by God, continue to try to share the Gospel (Good News) with the unbeliever, then we are considered to be disrespectful and condemnatory of other peoples feelings and beliefs.  Yet there is another Judge of our actions that supercedes any ukase issued by our Federal or local governments, and He tells us:

When I say to the wicked, “You shall surely die,” and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.  Yet if you warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

     Thereby are we commanded by God to confront rebellion against His will openly whenever the need arises.  Are we to do so angrily and meanly?  Absolutely not.  But we are told that we must obey Him and His word: if we do not tell those in need of the Lord the direction in which they are headed, he will surely hold us responsible for their spiritual deaths.

     So what’s all that got to do with the Nov. 2 elections? 

     Many, many people are stunned and appalled by the decisions that have been made by the majority holding office in the last four or five years.  When you go to the polls, go prayerfully.  If we replace the entire Congress (including Pelosi, Reed, Frank and their ilk) with members of another party just as dishonorable and ungodly, then we have made no gains, and the hand of the Lord will not be with us.  The name of the party in power is not what makes the difference to our country–the difference will come only if God-loving and God-fearing individuals once more represent our true interests.  Pay attention to what each candidate says, and how they have voted if they’re seeking re-election.  Pay less attention to the commercials and the liberal commentators, and more to what the candidates have proven to us personally by their words and actions.  Pray for revival; for the hearts of all to turn back to the Lord who has so richly blessed us here in the US in the past and will do so again if we return to showing Him the obedience He demands of us.  If we will once again turn to Him as a Christian nation and place the well-being of ourselves and America once more in His hands, then He will say to us as He did to the early Israelites:

Return to Me; and if you will put away your abominations out of My sight, then you shall not be moved.  And you shall swear, ‘The Lord lives,’ in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; the nations shall bless themselves in Him, and in Him they shall glory.”

Maranatha!

 

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One Response to “If We Obey: Thoughts on the Upcoming Elections”

  1. Susan Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Like always Melissa, you have outdone yourself. You are truly blessed young lady..:)

    Your blog was, of course, informative and enlightening to many who have no idea as to their “place” in the political arena , as it were. who also have been so “politically corrected” they may forget that we, as Christians, are here as God’s stewards until Christ returns to rule and reign.

    The powerful “bigwigs” talk of One World Orders, and such like? Well ..when jesus comes, as youknow, He will put “all this” under his feet

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