Is the real need of this nation a great politician or a real church? Politicians would hardly ever get a mention in the news media if the church was being and doing everything Jesus was and did when He was on earth. One of the major factors that got Jesus crucified was that He was getting more press than Caesar. People were following and clamoring after Jesus because of His acts which so effectively represented the Father. When Jesus confronted and contradicted darkness through redemptive acts it got the nation’s attention. After consistently revealing the Father in this manner, there was a snowballing effort to make Jesus king. Simply put, Jesus was more representative of life and productivity than was Caesar with all his financial resources and all his millions of citizens. Needs were met and problems solved that Caesar had no capacity for.
Too many Christians decide to start praying only a few weeks before national elections and way too many decide not to vote or to vote for candidates that openly speak promises contrary to biblical principles. One pastor friend of ours was told by his city’s pastor group that there are issues in this election that are more important than abortion and the Supreme Court. More important? What is going on? Dear Christian pastor group, this election is deciding (1) what percentage of the future generation will have the opportunity to exit the womb alive (abortion has killed over 50 million babies—not fetuses—to date in this “Christian nation” of ours) and (2) appointments of those who will decide the legalities of future generations for possibly the next 30-40 years. As Dutch Sheets pointed out at an FMCI Conference, a sure fire way nations brought the judgment of God upon themselves was the shedding of innocent blood. He went so far as to say that abortion, the shedding of innocent blood, is blood sacrifice that empowers demons. (Here is a short list of scriptures speaking to the severity of the shedding of innocent blood Deut. 19:10, 13; 21:8-9; Ps. 106:38; Prov. 6:16-17; Jer. 7:6; 19:3-4) When the people of a nation are voting their personal values and consciences rather than the foundations and principles of God and His Word, it begins to look like 2Tim 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires. (NASB) If a person feels that they just simply cannot vote for a particular candidate, my suggestion would be to vote for the platform that comes closest to biblical worldview. To not vote IS to vote. Voting is just basic stewardship.
(This is the seventh excerpt from Marty Gabler’s article “What is Going On?“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
The people of God already have a King and Redeemer and no politician can replace Him. Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God is our redeemer and Messiah. “We have had conservative presidents but not one has called the nation to a fast. Conservativism will not replace godliness.” (D. Gentry) And while mentioning conservativism, consider a poignant measure on the future of the matter: “The weakened Republican Party will not be successful in opposing important policy shifts. It will be engaged in an internal ideological struggle. Its main question will be the extent to which it can continue to accommodate the ideas of its religious faction and yet expand its base to appeal to a broad coalition who sees the religious right as the albatross around the neck of the party.” (S.Soleyn) We are standing at a tipping point in this nation that we have not quite approached to date and, for the most part, are not even aware of. The Church was never meant to place itself or its hope in the hands of political parties, candidates or governing or judicial entities created by men. The Church will only function the way it was created and ordained to function, standing on the foundation of the rule of God, that is, Kingdom principles. When the king of Sodom opened his arms wide to include Abraham in the economy of his own kingdom, Abraham quickly re- sponded: Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have sworn to the LORD God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, for fear you would say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ (Gen.14:22-23) You become a lackey for the one who fills your pocket and they never let you forget they are the one that did it. (Excerpt from Marty’s article “What is Going On?”)
“The Church must take right ground in regard to politics… The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men, and take consistent ground in politics,… or the country will be ruined. God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God… He will bless or curse this nation, according to the course they [Christians] take [in politics].” (“Lectures on Revival”, Charles Finney, 1835)