Thursday, September 04, 2008

There is Fear in the Air

On further listening to people, primarily “professing” Christians, there is a real sense of fear in the up-coming elections. The primary fear is in the possibility of Mr. Obama winning the election and the ramifications both in the continued loss of life due to abortion and to the loss of income with his inevitable higher taxes to pay for all the programs he would institute. These are viable fears and would probably come to pass if he were to win the election. This fear however has seemed to spew over to cause “professing” believers to be less than charitable to those that either are contemplating not voting or voting for a third party. This is even includes being uncharitable to those that have firm biblical convictions as to why they will not vote or vote for other than the two main candidates.

It would seem that for many the fear of Obama is more real than the fear of facing God with ones reason for voting as one does. While I have my opinions on who should and who should not be voted for I think as believers we need to make sure that our votes are based on scripture not fear of man. By the way I would say scripture is much clearer on who to vote for than most give it credit.

We need to realize as believers that we have, me included, gotten ourselves in this jam by not standing on biblical principles for far to long so that politicians seem to think they can simple spout some form of religious verbiage and claim to hold to some moral grounding and we as believers like lemmings simply cast a vote for the most “Christianly” sounding candidate. This is instead of seeking out all of scripture and seeking the candidate that stands for and by His Word. This is not about seeking the perfect candidate as there is none but it is about finding the candidate that will most stand for God’s design for man, and woman, and not man’s design for himself.

As I mentioned in a previous post I am thankful to Jasmine Baucham (Voddie and Bridget’s daughter) for the following quote from John Quincy Adams in her post: O, the Political Process… May we all vote with this in mind:

"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." -- John Quincy Adams

I would also recommend reading this thoughtful letter by Rebecca B. Morecraft : A Letter of Encouragement to Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin from a Sister in the Lord and the Wife of a Christian Pastor

(Updated 9/4/08 12:35 PM)
I just came across a new post by James McDonald that I would suggest reading: Voting in Faith.

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