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July 6, 2004
Today we live in a liberal society
that has convinced the church that its four walls are exempt from politics or
the endorsing of a candidate.
Of course, some of these liberals are
church members who realize that God-fearing churches would never vote for or
endorse their candidate so they have devised a plan to keep the church silent.
It always comes under the heading of some fabricated constitutional myth
known as the separation of church and state.
Somehow they (liberals) have convinced American’s that the church has
no business educating or influencing their members on how to vote for God’s
candidate and even declares that the U.S. constitution forbids it.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Take a look at this excerpt taken from an article entitled “The Myth of the Separation of Church and State”.
“Anytime religion is mentioned
within the confines of government today people cry, "Separation of Church
and State". Many people think this statement appears in the first
amendment of the U.S. Constitution and therefore must be strictly enforced.
However, the words: "separation", "church", and
"state" do not even appear in the first amendment. The first
amendment reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." The statement
about a wall of separation between church and state was made in a letter on
January 1, 1802, by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association of
Connecticut. The congregation heard a widespread rumor that the
Congregationalists, another denomination, were to become the national religion.
This was very alarming to people who knew about religious persecution in England
by the state established church. Jefferson made it clear in his letter to
the Danbury Congregation that the separation was to be that government would not
establish a national religion or dictate to men how to worship God.
Jefferson's letter from which the phrase "separation of church and
state" was taken affirmed first amendment rights.” (The
Myth of the Separation of Church and State)
The truth is, the first amendment was
written to keep government from dictating to the church as it did in England.
It should be understood that this was a one directional amendment,
meaning that government was not to influence or control religion, but never was
it meant that religion was not to influence government.
If that were the case, we would have never allowed prayer in sessions of
congress or the phrase “In God We Trust” on our money.
The church was meant to influence government and has always done so
throughout history. This is a
truth the liberals would like to keep hidden in the old outdated history books,
but those of you who grew up in the 1930s, 40s and 50s know better.
Yes, there was a time when the Lord was very influential in our
nation’s decisions. Take a look
at the above article and read it in its entirety.
It’ll open your eyes to the truth of how the first amendment was really
suppose to be interpreted.
The Bible has very little to say
directly about how a Christian should vote, but the principles of leadership
selection are prevalent throughout the Bible.
If there were ever a Biblical mandate
for leaders around the world it would be summarized in these two verses:
my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and
seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and
will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. “ II Chronicles 7:14
exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. “ Proverbs 14:34
your main criterion for voting for a candidate (at any level) is to put yourself
in a supposed better financial situation you’re not following God’s
guidelines for leadership selection. Besides,
no leader of a democracy has that much power.
we look in the Bible, we will see that God made a point that He blessed and
cursed nations based on the conduct and spiritual obedience of their leaders
(Belshazzar-Daniel 5, King of Nineveh-Jonah 3, etc.).
as a Christian voter your first priority is to the Lord.
That means you are to vote for the man or woman that will put into place
the laws that will put us in a position to be blessed of the Lord.
a bit of advice for selecting good candidates.
Every time I vote I always consult my local Right To Life chapter to get
a copy of their voter’s guide. They
always have a listing of local, regional and national candidates and their stand
on abortion. Other Christian
organizations do this as well. Any
candidate that is not pro-life or supports gay marriage is immediately
may ask, “Why would you vote this way?” Because
I want to put men and women in office that will put our nation in a position to
be blessed of God. But isn’t there other things
to consider such as the issues and experience of the candidate.
Sure, but these are the top two national sins that we know will destroy
our nation and cannot be permitted to continue.
Besides, it narrows the field dramatically and then allows me to look at
the issues if necessary.
must make priority number one (before social programs or economic prosperity) to
get our country back to the position of repentance something Hollywood or the
liberals know little of. Before
that is done God cannot heal our land. Yes,
we may see periods of prosperity as evidence in the mid-1990s, but we’ll never
be blessed of God until we turn 180 degrees and repent.
all starts with electing leaders that can place in position God fearing judges
that can change the course of our nation and reverse the sins of our past and