Last week I shared some observations about what I believe is very little if any biblical instruction for us to be politically active. So why stir this pot? I know from experience and talking to people this subject really rubs people the wrong way. Asking a question like this will cause upset even in authentic Believer’s. If that’s you, thanks for sticking with me. I hope we can all be challenged and learn, let’s search the Scriptures to find out if these things are so. Acts 17:11
Today, I hope to illustrate what I believe is at the heart of the matter because it’s the heart that matters.
Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other gods before Me.
Is politics your “god”? How much time do you listen to radio (Limbaugh), watch TV (O’Reilly, Hannity) and think about politics? Do you think about God as much, by studying His word, listening to great Bible teachers or reading great blogs (present company excluded)? Older women do you teach younger women to love their husbands (Titus 2)? Men do you mentor and train the next generation to be godly and call the unrighteous to repentance.
Would you share the gospel of the political party of your choice with people before you would share the gospel that can save their souls? (Matthew 10:27-28) Would politics separate you from someone before the true gospel would separate you from someone?
I see so many people putting their “hope” in a political system that will disappoint. It has no chance of succeeding because it’s built on sand. I’m not suggesting ignorance or complete isolation. I like knowing what’s going on but I don’t dwell on it. It never comes close to causing a reaction from me anymore. I can’t even begin to grasp why I need to concern myself about these things. I’m focused on more important things, such as will my daughter’s Madeline & Lydia come to know the Lord and am I loving my wife as Christ loved the church; I’m not but I’m improving daily by His grace.
Matthew 6:31-33 “Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” (or what will happen to America if Obama is elected again) or what shall we wear?” For all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Look again at Ezekiel
Ezekiel 14:4-8 “therefore speak to them, and say to them, “Thus says the LORD GOD: “Everyone of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, (does this cause you to sin in your thoughts toward Obama or Democrats or Romney or Republicans) and then comes to the prophet, I the LORD will answer him who comes, according to the multitude of his idols, that I may seize the house of Israel by their heart, because they are all estranged from Me by their idols.” “Therefore say to the house of Israel, “Thus says the LORD GOD: “Repent, turn away from your idols, and turn your faces away from all your abominations.
If this has upset you in any way and you call yourself a Believer I’d like you to ask yourself why? Jesus Christ challenged the status quo. He not only turned tables upside down but he turned the whole world upside down because He asked people to think differently than they ever had before. And they are still talking about it today. Think about that for a minute.
Voting is not a sin. Abstinence from voting is not a sin. If you vote don’t try to spiritualize your vote or think too highly of yourself as though you have something to offer to the world. Be a humble servant of the Lord and do His will.
Romans 12:2-3 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
God is sovereign and we know the end of the story.
Brothers and sisters I ask you to consider today what is important in the life of a Believer? We should battle for the sanctity of life, and we should stand firm against those that promote evil. We cannot “legislate” them into morality so we need to show them their hearts are wicked. We need to convince them they are separated from God, and we need love them with the truth of His word.
2 Timothy 2:24-25 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, If God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth.