This morning, my attention was drawn to politics, if only for a moment. I’d like to offer some thoughts as well as share some thoughts from others:
Black Christians, stop allowing yourself to be ruled by the Democratic Party:
( HT: Andrew Walker)
On that note, a warning…
I am willing to say that it is acceptable to be a Republican and a Christian. But, if only for a moment, consider that the GOP is not the Church of Jesus Christ. For those among the faithful who vote a Republican ticket every time they step in the voting booth, be wary of your faithfulness. You very well may be voting for a man of God. In many ways, the Republican party represents Christian values. There are, however, many man who are not of God with stances not of God. Do not unite yourself with Belial (2 Cor. 6:15). Please, remember to take every though captive to Christ, not just the thoughts of the Democratic party (2 Cor. 10:5)
Young folks, remember to vote…
From Sean Perron:
“The idea that Christians should avoid the polls this year because of their religious beliefs is a disgrace that is blinded by misguided conviction. This trumpet is blown by pastors who think they are calling their brothers and sisters to victory but are actually calling them to retreat while thousands are being killed on the battlefield. If you are an evangelical considering staying at home this election season, please consider the following…”
Read the rest here.
In closing, a classic:
It’s easy for every young Christian out there to get captivated by John Piper’s preaching to the point that they think everything he says is an instant classic. That’s not the case (though he has more classics than I likely ever will). This, however, is a classic.
Friends, we must remember the message of 1 Samuel 8:4-9:
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”
It is not wrong for us to love justice. Humanity as a whole has an innate sense that we want and need to be lead. Still, in our desire for justice and leadership, let us not forsake our God! The people rejected the Lord’s leadership over them in favor of a human king. May it never be for us! Certainly we remember how this turned out (terribly!). Let us not forsake our God. Let us turn to our great high priest, our King, the Lord Jesus Christ and have him rule over us.
Let us act:
Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
(Psalm 2:10-12 ESV)
Let us pray: