The next several months there will be one political ad after another. Most, rather than telling why I should vote for them, will tell all about what is wrong with their rival. Well, I already have my own ideas what is wrong with their rival. What I want to know, is why I should vote for the one who is speaking. One does not move forward on the wreckage of another, but rather, on their own virtues. Now that the local political rallies and voting is over, there will be information overload fired at everyone. Every one on the political scene will be trying to make their point. Some voters will say, because of their moral principles, they can't vote for this or that candidate. What is the course we each should take? How would God want each of us to proceed?

     First and foremost, in the coming national election, or any election, national or local, we must not forget this one fact: we are not electing a religious or spiritual leader - we are not electing a pastor. There are no really down to earth political solutions to the problems of the world nor of our nation. If we are going to the polls in anticipation of finding a political savior to vote for, we will be highly disappointed. There is no savior in politics. The only real change for good comes form our Lord Jesus Christ. But, we do have to pick a human to vote for, who has Jesus in his/her heart, and leans on God.

     Jehovah God gives us specific guide lines by which we can have the type of leader we are seeking. The Bible in Exodus 18:21 says: ". . you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place over them to be rulers. . ." That, my friends, is the standard. Obviously, most candidates will not measure up, so we need to choose the one that comes closest to the standard. America has enjoyed unparalleled power and prosperity for over 150 years because, starting with the Mayflower Compact, our Constitution was built on Christian principles, by Christian men, founded by Christian men and continued to rely on Christian men for decades.

     A British Red-Coat, upon seeing General Washington kneeling beside his horse in prayer, in the shade of a tree, told his commander, "We are good as beaten. I saw General Washington praying."

     In Washington's farewell address, he said, "One cannot lead the nation without the Bible."

     Lincoln, near the end of December, 1862, stated: "The ways of God are mysterious and profound beyond all comprehension - 'Who by searching can find Him out?" - God only knows the issue of this business. He has destroyed nations from the map of history for their sins. Nevertheless, my hopes prevail generally above my fears for our Republic. The times are dark, the spirits of ruin are abroad in all their power, and the mercy of God alone can save us." These words of Lincoln, though spoken in 1862, are just as applicable to our times now in 2016, just prior to our national election, as when Lincoln spoke them in 1862.

     Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States stated, "A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education."

     President Kennedy said, "The freedoms Americans enjoy do not come from government, but from God."

     President Reagan said, "If we forget we are one nation under God, we will be a nation gone under."

     When a candidate is known to lie, supports issues or causes that God specifically abhors, such as killing babies, homosexuality, breaking the Ten Commandments, favors passing laws contrary to the Constitution such as infringing on our right to bear arms, Christian's religious freedom, etc, he/she should not be voted into office. Further, no government has any business getting involved in marriage. Holy Matrimony, though a religious event, is not even a church ordinance. Holy Matrimony or marriage was ordained by God Himself in the Garden of Eden between one man and one woman. Hence the government has no power, granted to it by the Constitution, nor God, to infringe on marriage to make any changes, what-so-ever.

     God has given Americans the right to choose our leaders rather than have kings or dictators. It is part of our responsibility as patriotic citizens to vote, and to do so responsibly, remembering the Exodus 18 guideline. Refusing to vote, or to vote irresponsibly, is akin to hiding ones talent due to fear that the Lord would not be pleased. Do not be confused or fearful. Discern, pray, act.

  Just A Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.


Updated August 21, 2016
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