The following is a re-post from one of my Facebook “notes.” I wrote and posted this message on Facebook on the day of the 2010 elections (Nov. 2, 2012). For a very similar article, you may also want to read my blog post titled What is Christian Pre-Primary Voting?
This has been on my heart for months now, and today is the day when we get to see if the things I think the Holy Spirit has been whispering in my ears are true or not. Certainly, being the kind of Christian I am, I have already assumed that they are true. I often stand on the confidence that He gives me when others would say that I’m nuts…..literally crazy….for listening to what He has to tell me.
Here it is, in a nut shell, what God has been telling me about these elections:
Any victory the so called Christian conservatives gain today will amount to nothing if Christ doesn’t reign victoriously in our lives.
What will we gain when our leadership changes if we ourselves do not have Christ as ruler in our lives? Let me ask you this….which is better, to be a Christian population governed by non-Christian rulers, or to be faithless and governed by Christian rulers?
I was listening to a Wayne Watson song the other day that says, “I’d rather be walking in the darkness with Jesus than walking in the light without Him” (I’m paraphrasing because I don’t have the CD right here). That song is prophetic to the message God has given me to share about these elections.
The Holy Spirit has also been speaking to me about repentance and now that I’m sitting and writing about this, I see how these two messages are connected. More and more, He has been showing me how easy it is to assume that we are sinless when we don’t FEEL like we have sinned. Well, here’s a news flash, it doesn’t matter how YOU feel about it. What matters is how our Heavenly Father feels about it! If you do not believe you have sinned, then you cannot possibly repent. Jesus tells us to “confess” our sins and THEN repent. Those who don’t FEEL like they have sinned won’t repent because they don’t believe they’ve sinned at all.
How does this relate to the message the Holy Spirit has been sharing with me about these elections?
It’s easy! None of the Christians I’ve shared this political message with actually believe they have done anything wrong. They won’t repent because they believe the end justifies the means. If they can get more Christian conservatives into office, it matters nothing to them HOW it happens. In this way, they have become like the Pharisees. They appear righteous on the outside but guilty of sin and rotting on the inside.
Let’s get to the specifics…what have the Christian conservatives done that is so wrong?
Yesterday, God shared with me a scripture that pretty much sums it up. In Proverbs 2:14 the Bible talks about those “Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked”.
How many times have I seen, here on Facebook, so called Christians “rejoicing” and “delighting” in the evil leading up to these elections? How many times have I read comments about it being better if President Obama would just die? I have seen people practically salivating over the fearful responses they have generated in their wall posts. Now that victory is close at hand, they are giddy with delight that they have damaged the reputations of the democrats enough to get their own people elected.
One friend of mine posted an image of a dog pooping on a picture of President Obama. Some of his friends commented about how much they love (delight in) that picture. When someone responded that they didn’t like it, my friend’s response was, “This guy (Pr. Obama) is a piece of garbage and beneath contempt.”
Another Christian friend calls President Obama a “monster” and claims that only “kool-aid drinkers” support him.
On another friend’s wall I saw a link to a cartoon of Obama digging a grave and someone added a comment saying how nice it would be if the president was buried in that grave, not figuratively, but literally.
Every time someone posts such evil comments or remarks, entire groups of people “delight and rejoice” over it all.
The Holy Spirit has told me that, for as long as “Christians” embrace such evil delights, nothing in our nation is going to change. Today’s conservative victories will satisfy their flesh only temporarily and soon they will hunger for more. The apatite of the flesh is never satiated! Each time you feed it, that apatite grows. This victory will turn sour in their mouths over night and in the morning they will wake with an even greater hunger (Revelation 10:10).
In Matthew 5:22, Jesus tells us “whosoever shall say, thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” Those who have attacked President Obama and the people he represents are guilty of this.
In Matthew 5:44, Jesus tells us to “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.” In 5:46 He says, “For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?”
In James 2:9 the Bible says, “if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin.” James goes on to say that being a respecter of persons places you in a position of judgement over those persons.
It is sinful to say such evil things about others. It is sinful to say such evil things about our enemies. It is sinful to say evil things about the democrats and President Obama. If you believe you are justified in this sin, you are wrong. God has called us to LOVE our enemies, to LOVE the democrats and to LOVE president Obama. If you think you are justified in the evil things you say, then you can’t possibly have repented for those sins.
I remember reading a quote from Mother Theresa where she said that she refused to engage in politics. She said she would not hate some and love the others and recognized that politics expects precisely that. We must protect ourselves from these worldly expectations.
I take voting very seriously. But when it is all said and done, I must remember that I am in this world and not of this world and that Christ reigns in my life. There is no government that can take Christ away from me. There is no politician who can bring Christ to me. I do NOT fear one administration or another. I do not hate one administration or the other.
Christ has called on us to love everyone, especially our enemies, and to put that love into action. In James 2:17 the Bible says, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” James is saying that our behavior must match our beliefs. If we call someone names, if we say “thou fool”, then our works do not align with our faith and our faith is therefore dead. Don’t you get that?????
One more thing before I sign off…..
Some of the people I have shared this message with have said in their defense, “They did this to Bush. They started it. We are only doing what they did.” The difference between the Bush haters and you who say evil things about President Obama is that the Bush haters don’t profess to be Christian. It is probably true that the democrats tend to be more hateful than the republicans and more guilty of the things I am admonishing you for, my Christian brothers and sisters. But they don’t profess to hate in the name of our blessed Savior. They don’t drag religion into their politics, but you bring judgement upon yourselves by hating in Jesus’ name. In Matthew 5:38-39 Jesus tells us “Ye have heard that it hath been said, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth, but I say unto you, that ye resist not evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Christ did NOT call us to return evil with evil. We are NOT justified in hating President Obama just because the people he represents hate President Bush and other conservative Christians.
If you are one of these who has behaved in such an evil way leading up to these elections, consider yourself officially rebuked and repent immediately for what you have done. Not for me. Not for my sake but for the glory of God. I am not angry with you. I do not hate you. I simply want God’s best for you and for the glory of the Body of Christ to shine true to its faith in the dark times we live in. We should be a beacon of light so that all who see us will know God’s love for them through us. This is not the time for us to jump ship and start doing things satan’s way. Remain steadfast in your faith in all things and love those who God brings into your life to love. Show them what Jesus has done for you so that they may know His grace as well.
I also strongly encourage you to read my article titled What is Christian Pre-Primary Voting? In it, I explain what steps YOU can take, as a Christian, to turn this country back around. Other more loosely related articles concerning Christians and politics include Patience in Politics, and Kindness in Politics.