How is Tim going to vote?
I have been asked many times of the past few weeks and have refused to answer, mainly because I like to first research, then pray. I research first so I know how to pray.
I vote issues. I don't vote men or women, age, skin color, ethnic background, political party, nor how they grew up. What matters is what they believe in and how it relates to the Word of God. Please understand I don’t vote only for Christians. If I did I would hardly vote for anyone. Being a Christian is not about whether you claim to believe in God or claim to be a Christian. Jesus said if you love me you would keep my commandments. Keeping the commandants requires knowledge of God’s Word and living God’s Word. I am sorry to say is rare in our political process today. However, there are some very devout men and women of God running for office. I believe I am responsible before God to vote for the ones who most reflect godly principles.
It is also critical to understand that I believe regardless of who is elected God’s will, will be done. We have Israel as an example. God would allow godly and ungodly kings to rule over both Israel and Judah. Even the ungodly served His purpose in drawing the nation back to Himself. As a Christian my destiny is not held by who is in office but by God. I must do everything I can to surrender to him daily (take up my cross daily and follow Him) and be the salt and light to ultimately bring freedom to millions of people around the world. I do believe certain philosophies held by our government can make that easier or harder in the natural arena, so I vote.
Here are some of my issues.
Many will say it is the Old Testament that condemns acts of homosexuality and that Jesus never spoke against the flagrant homosexuality displayed among the Romans during his lifetime. I believe Jesus did make God’s plan and purpose for mankind very clear. Mark 10 and Matthew 19 both affirm God’s plan for mankind.
And Jesus answered and said to them, “Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. 6But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ 7‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” Mark 10: 5 - 9
This doesn’t give us license to ridicule, make fun of, or in any way hate those in a homosexual life style. I believe that is part of why the war for the defense of marriage is going on. Christians have allowed hatred and prejudice toward homosexuals to reign rather than the love of God. The love of God does not mean that I accept what the Bible calls sin as normal or acceptable behavior. It does mean that I must love them and help them to come to freedom. Giving homosexuals the right to marriage only promotes their sin to a level of acceptance. It is sin, we must not become co-dependent as a society and allow sin to be considered healthy. Marriage between one man and one woman is God’s ideal. Abraham, David, Solomon, and many others failed also to live up to that ideal.
This is a core value in the Kingdom of God. Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Moloch an ancient Ammonite god is still being worshiped today. Moloch required the sacrifice of children as an act of worship (1 Kings 11, 2 Kings 23, Jeremiah 32, and 49). Today we have sacrificed many under the guise of convenience; over 53 million children have been exterminated to the god Moloch in the United States alone. Our economy is suffering because 53 million who could be in the work force, 1/6 of our population are simply missing. Many are missing from art, science, engineering and other fields. Over half of those aborted have been female. So while this is done in the name of women’s rights it is at the same time an attack on women.
It is genocide against African Americans; this is the real race war. African Americans proportionally are the largest group having abortions. African American women are 5 times more likely to have an abortion than white woman. While they make up 13% of the population, African American women have 36% of all the abortions, to me that sounds like genocide. Nearly 1/3 of the African American population is missing.
Abortions have been linked to incidents of breast cancer. A Howard University study has shown that women who have had an abortion are 5 times more likely to develop breast cancer than women who have not. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation made a correct decision to stop supporting planned parenthood if they really do want to help stop breast cancer. Politics of abortion is not about rights or freedom it is about money.
The borrower is a slave to a lender (Proverbs 22:7). This is pure and undefiled religion that we care for widows and orphans (James 1:27). Our debt has been increasing over the last decade. Under President Bush his 8 year term gave us a deficit of 5 trillion dollars. Under President Obama’s 4 year term that deficit has grown and additional 6.5 trillion dollars. Our present deficit is 16.5 trillion dollars. I can’t even grasp that number. We are in debt to China and others which makes us a slave to these governments. If we want to pressure them for human rights violations or for fair trade practices, they hold us by the throat because they hold our debt. This is not the worst of it!
Most of our debt is to Social Security. At least 2/3 of the debt we owe has been taken from our parent’s futures and ours. The widow’s money has been stolen and I can’t see, except for and extreme change in the way we spend money, that money will ever be returned. The widows and orphans have been robbed. Our future has been stolen. God can’t bless when we intentionally hurt the poor and widowed. It is defiled faith not undefiled! Printing more money does not solve the problem. President Obama believes that we are a household in trouble and the answer to our money issues is to pay our debts with a credit card. If we borrow more we can work our way out. Governor Romney believes we need to look at our spending and cut to come back to a place where we can afford to live. Both plans will cause us pain. Governor Romney’s will cause us pain as a country in the immediate future and President Obama’s will cause us pain in the future. Think about both of these approaches, if these were your personal finances which would you do to solve the problem?
Jesus did not talk about energy independence, obviously, but I believe in some ways this also comes under the idea of being a slave of the borrower. As long as we are not independent with our energy needs we will always need to serve those who hold our “energy life” in their hands. Since President Jimmy Carter, every President has stated that we must become “energy independent”. Despite all of their best efforts it still hasn’t happened.
Much of the support for terrorism around the world comes from money that flows through these oil-producing nations. In effect, every time we purchase a gallon of gas we are in some aspects helping to fund terrorism against our own nation.
More importantly the Gospel is being blocked because of the power these oil rich nations carry. Many are dying and going to hell because our support of their oil has kept them arrogant enough to block the Gospel. We have enough oil, natural gas and coal reserves in our own nation to carry us through hundreds of years, at least enough time where we can develop cleaner alternative power sources like solar, wind, fusion, and better batteries. I believe in alternative energy sources. I am cheap enough to believe I would like “free” energy like wind and solar and cheaper energy like fusion technology but to develop it to a marketable level is going to take more time. We have invested millions into solar energy companies that have failed us. I do not blame our President for this. I believe he simply believed in the wrong people. He has the right idea but we can’t do it that fast it is just not possible. To effectively and efficiently develop these alternative fuels is going to take time and much more research and development. I believe we can be there within the next twenty-five years with a correct plan but we must become energy independent now and not mourn over a lost dream.
Thousands have died because of our dependence on foreign oil. Millions have died without Christ because of our dependence on foreign oil. We have become a slave to foreign governments because our lack of insight.
In the United States last year a woman was fined and arrested because as a photographer who owned her own business, she was asked to photograph a lesbian wedding. It violated her religious beliefs so she turned down the offer to photograph the wedding. She was sued, thrown in jail, and lost her business. Her religious freedom was violated.
A pastor was holding a Bible study in his home. Cars were parked off of the street in his driveway. His Bible study was shut down and he was arrested for holding an illegal meeting.
This is America, we are given such rights by our creator. Our freedoms are being dismissed daily.
I am worried about our ability to have the free exercise of religion in America today. When claims came from wherever, that it was a movie that started the riots in Egypt and Libya. The man who produced the film was arrested and is still in jail. Where is freedom of speech and religion? The movie was stupid, ignorant, and poorly produced but that is part of the freedom we have in America.
We may say, “these things don’t affect me”. If we allow the rights of others to be violated it will not be long before our rights are violated and there is no one left to stand. Christianity and freedom are under attack in America and it must stop.
There are many more issues we must think about as Christians and Americans. These are the ones on the top of my list. Please pray before you vote. Vote as if the Lord were with you.
Please remember our destiny is not in the hands of whoever is elected on Tuesday. However, it may make our jobs easier or more difficult. Our destiny is in God’s hands. I will pray for God’s wisdom and guidance for whoever is elected on Tuesday. I hope you will as well. If your candidate is not elected it is not the end of the world, it is simply a greater reason for you to pray more fervently. We are called to be salt and light and whoever is in charge does not control that we do! God will be always our God. Don’t allow the government to be your god! Your future is in God’s hands. Live like it is!