“Godly Voters”

This morning, in church, our pastor gave a sermon titled “Godly Voters”.  This is probably a topic that many minister, preachers, bishops etc. avoid.  This sermon did not focus on the candidates of this election, but rather, how the Bible affects our choice as voters.  I thought it was such an important message that I decided to share it here with you as well.

As Christians, we need to vote in a way that furthers the kingdom of God.
The question we should ask ourselves is: “Will this candidate advance policies that encourage righteousness or unrighteousness?”   As Christians, there are four basic non-negotiable issues that help to answer this question.

  1.  Judicial Appointments 
    Judges have a far greater influence than a president has.  They have a big influence on national righteousness and, unlike a president, can be in their position for years.
    Proverbs 28:4-5  “They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. (5) Evil men understand not judgement: but they that seek the Lord understand all things.”
    Note: Our pastor actually quoted a verse from Isaiah on this point but I wasn’t quick enough to catch it.   On reading more verses on the topic of judgement, I found this one and thought it was interesting to add with this point.
  2. Abortion and Inalienable Rights
    Life is a God given right.  Government should protect that right.  When government doesn’t respect the right to life, the reality is that all of our rights is in jeopardy.  A politicians stand on the right to life will often show his leanings on our other rights.
    Isaiah 44:24a “Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things.”
    Psalm 139:13-15 “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mothers womb.  I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.”
  3. Homosexuality and the Moral Law
    Leviticus 20:13 “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall  be upon them.”
    Romans 1: 24-27 “Because they did these things, God left them and let them go their sinful way, wanting only to do evil.  As a result, they became full of sexual sin, using their bodies wrongly with each other.  They traded the truth of God for a lie.  They worshiped and served what had been created instead of the God who created those things, who should be praised forever. Amen.  Because people did those things, God left them and let them do the shameful things they wanted to do.  Women stopped having natural sex and started having sex with other women.  In the same way, men stopped having natural sex and began wanting each other.  Men did shameful things with other men, and in their bodies they received the punishment for those wrongs.” New Century Version
    Historically, homosexuality always hurts a nation.  The Bible is clear about other types of sexual sin (adultery, living together outside of marriage) as well, but right now this issue has divided our country and the candidates of this years election.
  4. Public Religious Acknowledgements
    Proverbs 3:6 “In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”
    Think about what the candidates support…Prayer at school?  The ten commandments?
    A quote by George Washington applies here:
    “Whereas, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.

    Finally, be careful what the candidates say.  More importantly, check their voting record!  What kind of fruits are they putting forth?Matthew 7:15-16 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.  You shall know them by their fruits.”

Something to remember this year as you go to the pole is that if you are a christian, then you must keep a Godly perspective when voting.  Honor God with your vote.  Many people vote with a personal perspective but it’s not about us.  As Christians, we should be glorifying God in all we do.

So, that was the summary of the message this morning.  I know many people will not agree with many things I’ve written here, but that will always be so.  Thank you for taking the time to read.  Please do your own homework.  I have a wonderful link below which will tell you what each presidential candidate stands (has documentation too).

Interesting Links:   http://foundingquotes.com/georgewashington.htm

See what EACH candidate supports HERE (with documenting links): http://downloads.frcaction.org/EF/EF11L04.pdf

Click here to see what each political party stands for: http://downloads.frcaction.org/EF/EF12I44.pdf

 

 

Day 12: Worship

Our church is having a community wide choir revival.  This morning we had a 3 hour rehearsal and it was amazing.  The point wasn’t just to practice but to glorify and worship God.  It felt so good to sing my heart out to Jesus.  Especially among a huge group of others singing out as well.  It’s hard to describe but the time spent there today was so dear to my heart.

I can hardly wait until tomorrow evening when we have our service.  I pray that we will be a blessing to many and that God will be at work among us.  Convicting people, changing peoples hearts and moving among us like never before.  I pray that the people in not only our church but our community will be sensitive to the Spirit of God and let Him do amazing things in our lives.  God is a God that can work miracles, even today! And He loves us so much.  It is us who turn our backs on Him and give excuses for living how we want to live.  God’s gift of eternal life is free to anyone who takes it.  John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.   AMEN! So exciting what God offers to us and what He can do in our lives!

 

Sermon on the Mount

Tonight I went to an event called Sermon on the Mount.  I actually attended the same event 2 years ago and I really enjoyed it so, when it came back to town, I attended again.  http://sermononthemount.org/

The main idea is that Dr Lew Sterrett compares our relationship that we have (or don’t have) to that of the relationship he (as a trainer) has with the 2 year old colt he was working with.  It was amazing to watch as he took the unbroken colt who had never had a saddle on and worked with him.  All the while gaining trust and a building a relationship.

He showed how once the relationship has begun, what happens when pressure is applied or bad things happen.  To illustrate this he had a rope that he used to apply pressure around the flank area of the horse.  The horse was obviously uncomfortable and as expected, tried to get away from the pressure.  This is the same thing we do in life.  We run away from things, we get angry, fight back.  When what we need to do is turn to God.  Trust in Him.

The Dr. made an interesting point, he said feelings can’t be helped.  Often, people tell you, ‘you shouldn’t be mad, or afraid’.  But, feelings are natural and the important thing is to know what to DO when these feelings arise.  Instead of running, we need to trust God because He is guiding us with the end in mind.  There is not anything that happens to us that He does not know the reason.  Even when we don’t understand, we must trust.

For me, that is such a good feeling! It takes the worry away.  So many times I try to control things or dwell on something that’s happened but it’s of no use. To be reminded that my heavenly Father is in control is such a comfort.  I want to grow in my relationship with the Lord and this event has been such an encouragement.  I have made some decisions in my heart tonight…to have more humility, to give up control to God, to trust God in the situations in my life right now that are scaring me.  I’m a work in progress and I’m so thankful for the grace that God has for us as humans.  It truly is amazing- that he can take us and transform our lives! Amen, Amen and Amen!