Elections Don’t Solve All Our Problems

With the elections over and while some are crying and others are basking in victory, I want to give a word of caution. He is just a president. He won’t cast the country in the toilet nor will he turn it fully around. He will make some great decisions and he will have his faults. They all do. Our country is not designed to be ran by one person. It is designed to be ran by the people, and this is why I’m still troubled. I’m not worried but I am aware that there is much work still to be done.

I know of many Baptist pastors, some local and some nationally known, who discouraged their congregations from participating in this election. They only speak of our country’s politics in a negative light. Most harp on the coming Kingdom and discourage any activities in the kingdom of this world. Some almost relish the idea of our country falling apart. Hoping it’ll drive all of us to focus on eternity. When I challenge their views, I’m quickly dismissed as being influenced by the world.

On the flip side of the coin nearly every university is prompting their students to engage the political system. They are actively enrolling voters and stirring them to action. Any fool can see that these universities are not turning out conservative voters who share our biblical values. Many of the professors lecture against them daily and require students to read and study liberal ideology to pass their classes.

Now the question for us to consider is, How will our country be voting in 10 years? How many voting Christians will pass away in the next 10 years? How many Christians will fall under the influence of these abstaining preachers in the next 10 years? Lastly, how many kids will attend collage in the next 10 years? There are no exact answers to these question, but you need not be a rocket scientist to read the writing on the wall.
Now I would like to give you my plan to counter this coming trend. #1 As a pastor I am going to speak more clearly on national issues and the Christian’s responsibility toward them. This begins at Lee Creek and extends to everyone I have contact with #2 I will continue to challenge pastors who promote the false notion that Christians are not supposed to engage in worldly issues. #3 I will seek to expose the fallacies and lack of coverage given by our national news media and make it available to others. Social media has given every person an opportunity to voice their opinions. It would be a shame to only use it to share pictures of what we had for lunch of the family pet.

You say, “Oh your just one man, you’ll never make a difference.” You may very well be right, and I may be worse off for doing so. Nevertheless, my responsibility still remains. If he ignores it that’s his problem, but I ignore it, that’s my problem.

Take Part In Every Election

Unless you live under a literal rock and haven’t came out from under it until today, you know we have an election this Tuesday Nov 8th. I am tired of hearing about it and I’m even tired talking about it. But come Wednesday morning we all must deal with the outcome of the decisions made by our fellow countrymen. And that brings me to my point, you are my fellow citizens and you have a responsibility in this decision. I trust you take it seriously and by seriously I mean you will vote in it.

I’ll not tell you who to vote for because I believe every Spirit filled believer is capable of making a Godly decision after prayer and consideration his choices. (the key is being Spirit filled) So that begs this question, have you prayed about who you will be voting for? It ceases to amaze me that some Christians never consult their Heavenly Father before they cast a ballot for the next leader of our nation. Many just vote the way their parents told them to years ago. Other vote for the person who promises them the most financial gain or the personality that appeals to them.

I will freely confess their are no clear cut Biblically qualified, God fearing candidates on the ticket. But is that a reason for you to stay home? I say no, and here’s why. We live in a secular world and we have to make secular decisions, many times with out any good options. Do you by all your groceries from a Christian? Do you only buy gas for your car from a Christian? Do you only eat in Christian owned restaurants? I will venture to say no, you don’t. If so, I guess you grow all your own food, walk or ride a horse, and never eat out? Oh No! But when given the option you would clearly support a fellow believer. And there are some places you will definitely not do business with because of the beliefs they stand for. An so it is with the election. Will you still sit out or will you participate?

With that said you must now do your due diligence to seek the Lord in this matter. Don’t listen to the news media, they are as corrupt as anybody in the race. Don’t listen to your pocket book, or even your own personal wishes. Listen to the Lord. Voting for the best available candidate will not ensure they win, but not voting will only help them to lose. To not act is to act.

Why is it so important that we participate? Why not stay home and show the country that Christians don’t like either candidate? Because we are salt and light. When you take us out of the equation you get rot and darkness. Christians have stayed home for various reasons over the last few elections and it shows in the degradation of our country. You say, Preacher, are you advocating the better of two evils? No, I’m advocating you pray about it and see what God advocates.