Saturday, August 13, 2016

Voting One's Conscience (pt2)

Voting One's Conscience (pt2)

"Where is your faith, what informs your conscience?"

"The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.  Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.” (Proverbs 21:1-2)

Notice who's really in control.  The heart, the will, and the intentions of the King, president, or tyrant, is like a little puddle of water in God's hand.  "The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord."  This is why we are to pray for our rulers, because God is sovereign, and the puddle only flows in the direction God allows it to flow, within the boundaries God dictates, and only for as long as it is part of, or does not interfere with, God's plan.  Eventually, God will dry His hands, and so He tells us to be obedient, to trust Him, and to pray.  

It is important to understand that Obama, his administration, and the countless others who adhere to a Godless agenda, have done nothing to America that God did not foreknow, or that God did not allow.  The question for Christians is, does the turmoil of today, and uncertainty of the future, bring us to our knees in humility before God, does it cause us to seek God more genuinely, or do we allow ourselves to degrade into despair, fear, or anger?  In practical day to day living, do we take comfort in the power, truth, and sovereignty of God, or instead, do we seek Man for deliverance?  

God is sovereign, and we must remember that God alone is our Savior and Deliver, not Man, not government.

There is an ultimate God-directed outcome of world events that will come to be, and nothing we do, vote for, accomplish, build or destroy, will thwart that outcome.  This however, does not relieve us of our responsibilities to try to influence the outcome.  As Christian citizens, we have certain government-recognized  unalienable rights.  We currently have the freedom to express our political opinions, we have the freedom to use our opinions try to influence others, and we have the freedom to vote.  Likewise, we can freely express our spiritual beliefs, as long as we keep them abstract.  We can freely share our faith with others, as long as we don't offend someone with a good lawyer, and we have the freedom to live a biblically moral life, unless our morals can be successfully argued, as being restrictive to another persons government-assigned civil rights.  

The reality in America, is that the Christian biblical worldview is being replaced by a new form of materialistic paganism.  As biblical Christians, we are more and more being restricted in expressing our beliefs.  We can legally share the gospel in many contexts, but for how long.  How many of us will still be committed to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, if we lose that freedom.  How many of us share the gospel now?

Liberty is a two-edged sword.  On the one side we have certain freedoms, while on the other, we have accountability.  If God allows some of us to go to prison for our faith, we will have much less freedom for which to be accountable, and would have to answer to God for how we used the limited freedom we did have, i.e., did we use it for the glory of God.  In other words, we will answer to God for what we did with all of what God allowed us have.  So, to the degree we have the ability to influence the direction of our country, we have the responsibility to use that influence.  Therefore, It is my contention, that as Christian citizens of America, if one candidate is more likely than the other to help preserve Christian Liberty, then it is for that candidate, that we must vote.
Knowing full well, that the Vote does not give the American people the absolute power to determine the future of our country, remember that little puddle of water in God's hand, "He turns it wherever he will,"  the right to vote gives us the responsibility to use that influence, however limited, to guide this country in the direction of godliness, but in the end, God's will will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  

Where is your heart?

Does your love of God overpower everything else?  Does your faith in Him influence you most?  For too many Christians, it's not love and faith that guide them mostly, it's fear.  This is why so many are angry.  Not only are they angry at those politicians that have betrayed us, but they are also angry at other Christians that may not want to vote as they.  

Regarding faith, fear, and conscience, is there any greater influence than these?  It is, in part our conscience that helps us keep to our convictions and to stand by our faith.  When it is said, "You should vote your conscience," how is it that Christians would object?  For conscience is tied closely to our faith.  If you so despise my use of conscience, by what personal influence are you guided?  Fear?    

Regarding this or any election, as well as any decision we need to make, we are on the safest ground when we want what God wants, when we seek His will with a true and humble heart.  "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.”  So, what is in your heart?

Remember, we are to live according to the reality that we are in this world, but not of it, our true citizenship is in heaven, and we are just passing through.  But while we are here, we are to bring glory and honor to Jesus Christ, we are to make disciples as we go about our lives, and we are to be salt and light.  In other words, we are to influence others.