Sunday, October 23, 2022

The church and politics: Vote

1 in 3 Christians may not vote in this election. I was energized yesterday which was the 1st day for early voting. We took part in a rally where I talked to people which many of them were elderly and listened to their concerns about food, gas, and energy prices. I’ve been told to keep politics out of the church, but religion plays a powerful role in politics, and the relationship between the two is every-changing. The governing of a state cannot be separated from the religious views of its people that affect the leaders and lawmakers of a country. Law mirrors society.

Therefore, I believe defending our children is always the right thing to do. Education is advancing policies that are risking the health, safety, and well being of our kids. They are the most vulnerable among us, so educators are dangerously undermining the relations with parents and their kids. Education is undermining the foundation of civilization which are our families.

I watched a youth pastor address the school board. He calmly told them that “God will judge each and every one of you.” He recited Luke 17: 2 where Jesus states:

“It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble” (Luke 17: 2)

Jesus’ warning can also be read in the Book of Matthew:

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!” (Matthew 18: 5-7).

There is a conspiracy to target and indoctrinate our children into the cult of gender ideology that fosters delusion, intentionally creates an identity crisis in young, impressionable kids. It’s a path to confusion and despair.

These kids are lost and ready to be plucked up by the evils of this world. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20)

The church is the hope of this world who are to be salt and light. “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot” (Matthew 5:13). “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

The purpose of the church is to stand firm in God’s words in truth ready to battle against the darkness that wants to eliminate freedom. The freedom that Jesus provided on the cross when he gave a path for us to have the courage to not compromise his truth. “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil” (1 Peter 3: 15-17). It is time for the church to take on the armor of God. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10-11).

Things to think about:
-Informed people not easy to manipulate
-faith and politics can exist side by side
-Our founders understood the importance of spirituality in history and politics
-American Values: Pledge of Allegiance, Patriotism, Appreciation of Flag, Liberty, Freedom, "In God We Trust," "One Nation," "Under God," "In God We Trust," Declaration of Independence, "unalienable rights," "Indivisible," "Justice for All"
-God is referenced throughout our judicial and legislative history
-separation of church and state does not mean that you must remove your faith from public life and your voting decisions

My Faith Votes encompasses a mission statement that I believe churches should take seriously as they feed their flock:

“My Faith Votes is a non-partisan movement that motivates, equips and activates Christians in America to vote in every election, transforming our communities and bringing the influence of our faith into the public square. We believe our faith has something essential to contribute to our communities. Together, we unite Christians to stand for religious freedom, sanctity of life, strong families and marriages, and biblical solutions for those in need.”

My Faith Votes is equipping Christians to:
1. PRAY unceasingly for our nation
2. THINK biblically about issues
3. VOTE consistently in every election

***Let’s raise up an Army of Believers made up of people who have determined that their one vote counts and that they can make their voice heard through their vote.

I lift up prayers for our nation, each state, and every community. Prayers for families and the protection over our children.