Posts Tagged ‘Election

08
Mar
18

Faithfulness Is Key

Jesus calls all who will listen to come to Him for forgiveness and salvation. God has chosen all who will believe to become His children and to inherit eternal life. Peter says that we need to faithfully confirm our calling and election as God’s people. He wrote:

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 1:10-11 (NIV)

Faith in Christ is not a one-and-done kind of arrangement. Once you put your faith in Jesus, you are called to a daily denial of self and a daily taking up of your cross. It’s called faithfulness. Jesus saves us and we, in turn, live faithful lives of obedience to Him. As we grow in faith we begin to look more like Him and less like the world. We sin less even though we will never be sinless. We love God and people more each day until the day He returns and takes us home.
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09
Nov
16

Post-Election Thoughts 2016

Titus 3:1-2 (NLT)

Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.

 
We’re post-election 2016 now and Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. It has been an ugly campaign on both sides of the aisle. Now the work of unifying our country begins. Followers of Jesus should be leading the charge. Whether you voted Democrat, Republican or Independent, if you are a follower of Jesus, you are called to be humble and gentle. You are called to obey and submit to the government and its officers. You are called to do what is good.
Don’t let fear or bitterness overtake you if you didn’t vote for the President-elect. Don’t let pride or arrogance overtake you if you did vote for him. Don’t let despair and depression overtake you at all. God is still on His throne. He still loves you and Jesus still died for your sins. Let God be God and trust Him to accomplish His perfect will. He’s still our Good, Good Father and He still cares for us deeply. Nothing can change God and Jesus never changes. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever. Put your faith in Him and not in any candidate or elected official. Pray for our leaders and rest in the promises of God.
 
PRAYER: O Father, we pray for the men and women who were elected to the offices of government in our land last night. We pray that You would endow them with wisdom. We pray that they would seek Your face and the good of our nation and its people. We know that You are in charge and nothing happens without You allowing it. Help us to trust You always. In Jesus’ name, amen.
04
May
16

Politics! Who Needs ‘Em?

Romans 13

New Living Translation (NLT)

Respect for Authority

13 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.

Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.

In Romans 13, Paul tells his followers to respect and obey the authorities that were in place.  God had put the authorities in government in place to accomplish His will.  In our limited understanding it may be difficult to see how this is possible.  In 21st century America, we have serious doubts about our government working to accomplish God’s will – no matter which party is in office.  Conservatives don’t trust liberals and vice versa.  Democrats don’t trust Republicans and vice versa.  Some Christians claim that God is on their side because of certain issues and other Christians believe that God is on their side because of other issues.  The truth of the matter is that God judges the heart.  He knows the hearts of politicians and voters alike.  He will judge us all.  I believe the best thing that we can do when it comes to voting is the following:
1. Read your Bible so you know what God says and what you believe
2. Pray for our country and for your decision as you go to the voting booth
3. Study up on the issues to know what is at stake
4. Research the candidates to know where they stand with regard to what God says and what the issues are
5. Pray again that God’s will is done and that He will lead and guide our elected officials
Be an informed voter and trust in God’s sovereignty to do what will best accomplish His perfect will.
May we live peaceful lives within the framework of the laws of our land to bring about His perfect will.
May we demonstrate God’s love, grace and patience to all when it comes to the leadership of our land.
May God continue to bless America.
May America begin to bless God.
02
Nov
12

Indivisible

I’m not prone to making political statements, but I thought I would share these thoughts I had this morning on the election:

I saw a wonderful tweet yesterday.  It said something along the lines of, “I can’t wait for November 7 when we can all be friends again.”  I.  LOVE.  THAT!  If you’re like me, by now you are sick of all the election stuff.  Our country grows more and more divided every day it seems.  What does the Pledge of Allegiance say?  We are “One nation, under God, indivisible!”  We are the United States of America.  Our politicians have divided us.  I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist or anything, but think about this for a moment.  What did Jesus say?

Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. (Matthew 12:25, NIV)

 He was not talking about America per se, but His words are very wise!  We need to come together as Americans and stand together and work together to rebuild this great nation under God and be indivisible with liberty and justice for all.



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