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November 2018
Is It About Politics?
     "I don't think you should mix politics with the church!" We have all heard that kind of comment; but does that attitude align with God's call upon His people? Perhaps “politics” is not the word we should use, but rather let us look at our responsibility as God's people to influence this world while we also advance His Kingdom purposes upon the earth.  
     I am not suggesting that the Kingdom of God is advanced through secular government, but our earthly governments have the powerful ability to aid or hinder the work of God. It therefore behooves us to be engaged in elections.    
    As believers we live for and in a measure in, the eternal Kingdom of God. We long to see the day when His Kingdom is established upon the earth as it is in the heavens; but while we are in these physical bodies God has ordained that we live under a civil Government.
 In the book of Romans we read,  
    
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.  For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience.” (Rom 13:1-6 ESV)
 
Then in the first letter of Peter we read:   

“Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.  For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.  Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” (1 Peter 2:13-17 ESV)

     These letters are written to believers where we read God's instructions to us about the relationship of believers to civil authority. Unlike those who first read these letters, we have the high privilege of being able to select our leaders.  The first disciples had no say but were subjected to the rule of evil men. They would have been amazed with the opportunity to choose their leaders!
     That choice is ours. Our choice is made through the ballot box. There we decide who will be making the law of the land not just for ourselves but so often for our children and grandchildren. What a heavy responsibility! There we decide whether the law of the land will hinder or prosper the work of the Lord in our personal lives, our churches and our nation. Our vote will decide who will be the judges in the many courts of justice throughout the land. Will they obey the law or will they allow party politics to bend their judgment?  When we go to vote it is obvious that our personal selection is very influential.  At times it is difficult to choose a candidate. We are forced to choose between non-Christians, in that situation we should vote for those who most closely adhere to a biblical worldview. They should honor life, marriage, liberty of conscience and freedom of religion.
     Are you doing your biblical duty in casting your vote?  Do you vote? Voting is like raising your voice in agreement. What are you agreeing to? Sometimes the agenda is hidden, even covered intentionally with lies to gain the vote. You must pray before you vote and expect God to direct you. These days candidates represent a "platform" the agenda of the particular political party with which they are aligned. When you vote you are also standing in agreement with their party.  Ask yourself, is it biblical, moral, anti-Christian; endeavor to come to peace before you cast your vote.  You must pray and then vote!
     Why am I writing like this? I am convinced that as a nation we are in desperate need of a fresh move of the Spirit of God that woos us from our backsliding and brings us to repentance.  The prayers of the faithful remnant have not ceased, they increase year by year and our loving heavenly Father promises to answer prayer.  When the righteous rule the people rejoice. If we faithfully play our part in making a way for righteousness in public places, in our schools, courts and at each level of government, I believe the Lord will do that which none of us can do.
     Father, have mercy upon our nation, intervene in our backsliding, bring Your people to repentance for idly sitting back in disobedience as the enemy has systematically invaded and dismantled the Christian structures of the United States. Seducing spirits have taken control of the minds of so many who are led away into deceptions. Father forgive us. Have mercy upon us and cause us again to do the first things, to love You and to keep Your commandments. Father, heal our land.

- Eileen Vincent
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