Friday, September 26, 2008

Couldn't help myself..............

Ok, so this is varying from my normal goofiness and light hearted BLOG (AKA- Judah’s internet scrap book for family and friends) but please bear with me… this is So incredibly important to me. I realize that speaking out about your beliefs (religious, political, etc) is never popular and most people prefer to remain quiet about it all, but I guess if you’re reading this and know me you already know I pretty much speak my mind. If it offends you, I am very sorry- but I don’t apologize for speaking what I believe to be truth. And if any talk about the Bible or Politics is obnoxious to you- just pretend this is a really long fart joke! And lastly if you would like to discuss any theology I’ve brought up in this post, please email me.. I would love to hear from you:

It absolutely breaks my heart to know that so many people in my generation have such a moderate view of their responsibility when it comes to politics. Or even an idea of being very open minded or laissez-faire about not researching candidates, not researching policies and just assuming everything will turn out for the “best”. Whenever you study Biblical characters such as Daniel, David, Samuel, Paul, the disciples and even Jesus, you don’t see lives that were comfortable, “open minded”, “laissez-faire” you see people that were called to do great things, uncomfortable things, to make HARD decisions and statements in the name of God’s Truth, Love and Justice. Daniel had to make the decision to basically die to stand up for God’s truth (to only serve God and no others and the consequence to be thrown in the Lion’s Den), David decided to stand up against Goliath because he was taunting God’s people, Samuel was woken up by the Lord and informed that his beloved “boss” and boss’s children were going to be killed because of their sins (and condoning of sins), Paul was in jail many times and persecuted because he bravely spoke of God’s truth in a society that was trying to squash what had happened on the Cross and the truth of Jesus and lastly Jesus always stood up for what was right by the Lord, disobeying religious/government law to heal on the Sabbath, overturning tables of tax payers in God’s house.. I could go on and on with examples and people, but I think you get the picture. Is it that we are not called to stand up for the same Truth? While God called those folks to a life that was standing for truth (based upon God’s word and laws) does he not call us to the same?? Do we not have the responsibility to study and learn about the potential leaders of this country, to refuse to stand for someone or something that is directly opposed to what we KNOW is wrong in God’s sight? I’m not Just talking about the typical issues, such as abortion, I’m talking about ALL issues. For an example, did you know President Bush has done more for the global fight against AIDS than any president before him? So you and I may not live Paul’s life or Samuels life, but I do believe we’re called to decipher TRUTH, to fall on our knees in prayer when we see our nation in sin and turning away from the Lord and to fight for justice whenever possible. That fight includes doing what is right for our country using the BIBLE- God’s Word, as our standard. Please consider the passages below I found at www.Priestsforlife.og :

Yet we continue to be citizens of this world. Jesus prayed the following words for His apostles -- and for us -- on the night before He died: "I do not ask you to take them out of the world, but to guard them from the evil one. They are not of the world any more that I belong to the world. Consecrate them by means of truth -- Your word is truth" (Jn.17:15-17). We are citizens of heaven, living in this world and bearing witness in this world to the truths of God. When speaking before Pilate, Jesus said that his own kingdom did not belong to this world, but that He came into this world to bear witness to the truth (see Jn.18:33-38). We are called to do the same.

Be careful when you ask God to end injustice. His response may very well be to reach down from heaven, lift you up by the back of the neck, and throw you into the battle! God is not going to rip open the sky, come down, and tell our nation to stop injustice. Instead, He is going to put conviction in your heart and words on your lips and command you to speak and act! Let us never use prayer to escape from action. Instead, let us immerse ourselves in true prayer, which enables us to act in union with God, who destroys death and restores life!
In the first chapter of Isaiah, we see that God is quite upset with His people. Although He had prescribed for them the rituals and sacrifices, He says He is tired of them and wants them no more. In fact, He says He will no longer even hear their prayers. The problem, as the Lord then explains, is that the people have blood on their hands. They are busy worshipping God, but they are ignoring the injustice around them. God commands them to do something to stop it. It is not enough that they are carrying out their religious practices. Those very acts of worship are displeasing to God if they are not leading us to be more concerned about what is going on in this world.
We are not in this world by accident. Nor are we here in order to leave it the way it is. We are here in the world to change the world for the better.

While the Church does not have a political mission, she nevertheless has a political responsibility: to bear witness to those moral truths without which the common good---which is the very purpose for which governments are instituted---cannot survive. These moral truths are basic and go beyond the bounds of any denominational beliefs. Because they are truths, they must shape public policy

In all things it is so important to go before the Lord in prayer to make sure you are doing His will. Deciding who will be the “father” of our nation for the next 4 years and will have major impact on our society and rulings that could effect America for generations is not a decision to be taken lightly. If you study scripture about the role of someone in authority, you realize that just like an umbrella, their blessings either flow to you (being under their authority) or their lack of relationship with God can take you-society out of God’s hand of protection—out of His blessings. Does God still bless people in a society that the leader is not a Christian? Of course! But would you rather be in the wilderness for 40 years.
For the sons of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, that is, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished because they did not listen to the voice of the LORD, to whom the LORD had sworn that He would not let them see the land which the LORD had sworn to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey. Joshua 5:6
….or would you rather be like the people under Joshua who listened to the Lord, found favor with the Lord, obeyed the Lord and found major victory and claimed the promise over their nation?

Voter Issue Guide (on a few issues) Obama McCain

Federal protection of Traditional Opposes Supports

State Constitutional Amendments
That Protect Traditional Marriage Opposes Supports

Teaching of Homosexuality in Supports Opposes
Public Schools

Hate Crime Laws Supports Opposes

Homosexual Adoption Supports Opposes

Constitutional Right to Abortion Supports Opposes

Protecting Infants Born Alive Opposes Supports
*during botched abortion

Prohibits Partial-Birth Abortion Opposes Supports

Making it a Crime to Cross State
Lines to Obtain Abortion for Minors Opposes Supports

Nomination of Pro-Life Supreme Opposes Supports
Court Justices

Private Handgun Ownership Opposes Supports

Allowing Parents to Exercise Opposes Supports
School Choice

Immigration Reform and Border Supports Supports

Government Control of Health Care Supports Opposes

Reducing US Dependence on Foreign Opposes Supports


The Tylers said...

I love this post. I totally agree with you that too many people don't take the time to research the candidates & vote. There is a great website where you can go that gives you a quiz on your beliefs...then it tells you which candidate you should vote for based on your beliefs. Anyway, I am SO glad you were able to come to the missed an AWESOME ending. See you guys on Sunday.

Anonymous said...

thanks for writting such a great post. it's true that many Christians are willing to just let anyone in society determine who we are and how we should vote. no offense to the previous poster, but why take a quiz so that some website can determine who we should vote for? ...i think the point is that we should be educated voters who have taken the time to research what each candidate stands for. Because we claim the name of Christ and we stand firm to what the Bible teaches, we should not be in support of a candidate who has no problem with abortion and homosexuality to name a few.