Thursday, October 16, 2008

Political Advice For Christians

Today has been a day of hearing many things involving politics. With last nights debate and this coming up election possibly having huge ramifications on the world in which we live, many opinions have been tossed back and forth in the media today. I have several tips for Christian's who want to engage in the political process in a truly Christian way. This is not a Republican or Democrat slant but what I believe to be essential to do if one is to truly be Christ-like in this election season.

1. Remember Who Is In Control

"Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.

He changes times and seasons;
he sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning."

"Who has spoken and it came to pass,
unless the Lord has commanded it?
Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that good and bad come?"

"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD;
he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases."

"The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the LORD."

(Daniel 2:20,21; Lamentations 3: 37,38; Proverbs 21:1, 16:33)

2. Remember Who The Battle Is Against and Who It Is NOT Against

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

(Ephesians 6:12)

3. PRAY For ALL People in Authority Whether You Like Them or Not.
God has commanded us to pray for ALL in authority.

"With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water."

(James 2:9-12)

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles. I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.

(1 Timothy 2:1-8)

4. Remember that God's Plan Often Supercedes The Plan's Of Man.
There are many plans that all candidates running have in their hearts, but their plans are second to what God is doing.

"Many are the plans in a man's heart,
but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails."
(Proverbs 19:11)

5. Don't Seek To Understand "Why" Things Are Happening

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,"
declares the LORD.

"As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts."

(Isaiah 55:8,9)

"The anger of the LORD will not turn back
until he fully accomplishes
the purposes of his heart.
In days to come
you will understand it clearly

(Jeremiah 23:20)

I pray that you all find rest and security in Christ Alone this political season and that you can live in this security so much that people see that you love and care about ALL people, even politicians. May God grant you peace, wisdom, and understanding in this time of making decisions involving the political process this year and in dealing with other people in this area. I praise God that HE has a plan for this world and that He can never be thwarted and can never be voted out of office either. He is here to stay.

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