June 29, 2012

Choose Wisely

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Elections in America do make a difference. President Obama often says he inherited the worse economy since the Great Depression. President Bush gets the blame for this and more.

Now the Obama administration has something else to blame on Bush. The Health Care law was upheld by the Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote. And the swing vote was Justice Roberts. And who appointed him? That would be President Bush.

Here is the real power of the presidency. Appointments made to the Supreme Court outlive the President. We feel the influence for years to come. I am often asked whom I will vote for in November. Will it be the one who affirms same sex marriage or the one who denies the deity of Jesus?

My answer is simple in this case. Vote for the man whom you believe will make appointments that match your convictions to the bench. After the terms of Barak Obama and/or Mitt Romney some person they would appoint to the court will still be making judgments. We saw the influence of Reagan, Clinton and Bush I and II this week.

Choose wisely.

11 Comments

  1. I have to admit that I haven’t thought of this. Shame on me for not thinking LONG term. Good word and thought.
    It would be nice if you had the share option so we could post to our facebook page or the like.

  2. Very ambiguous statement. I have been praying over this question for some time now, and do not have peace to vote for either. But I must vote to uphold my responsibility. Question to myself is would a write in vote for someone else just be cop out?

    John

  3. As the years roll on, it is getting harder and harder to find Godly men who will run for President of the United States of America. When a Godly man does run, he doesn’t make it to the to the run offs let alone the primery. In part because many Christian people Will not or Do not vote upon Biblical principles. In other words ALL Christians need to come out in Force, as an Army of one. We also must Win the lost to Christ so our numbers will be greater. Not only for our Country but for God and His Kingdom. To GOD be the Glory!

  4. Good to read. This is an awesome word…..wow…what a season God has us in!
    Romans 8:31…….needed!
    DBURTON

  5. We attended Olive Baptist Church’s Independence Day Service. We are not members, we are visitors. We felt the service was very well directed to the issues of today. As usual the music was outstanding and mvoing. Your sermon was very thoguht provoking and has inspired us to talk more about the current events of this election year. The information that you shared about the history of our ancestors was inspiring. Thank you for taking the opportunity to lead our Community. We pray for your continued strength in this mission. What is your vision of our role as a community to show faith and support? You said to vote for the man whom you believe will make appointments that match our convictions to the bench. Sorry, he/she is not running! Recently, an Escambia County Commissioner was allowed to get away with a very strong violation of ethical standards and this appears to be a way of life in our World today. May our Country humble herself and receive God’s enending blessings!

  6. I did not correct spelling errors~~thought I would have a preview~~whoops!

  7. Sometimes I am confused because I truly believe that Jesus wanted us to love one another as we love ourselves. When Obama offers marriage to same-sex couples, it seems me that he is showing the same love that Jesus offers us by allowing us to marry. I also thought Jesus did not want us to judge each other, which is precisely what we are doing. As a church, wouldn’t it feel good to stop pushing this judgement and open our arms the way Jesus did?

  8. Sara Lynn,
    Great thought, though incomplete. We are commanded to love each other but part of that love is to tell the truth about sin. Leviticus 18 outlines Gods guidelines for sexual purity for all. All sexual activity outside of that design is destructive to the participants. Homosexuality is a destructive behavior along with adultery, pedophilia, premarital sex, etc. For the church to accept same-sex marriage as appropriate, we would be condoning sin.

  9. I guess it’s confusing because the bible contains both immoral and moral precepts that applied to a culture thousands of years ago. Its authors did not possess any knowledge of the social issues of today and didn’t correct moral wrongs like slavery, rape, or insurance fraud–we made decisions on these issues by ourselves.

    The bible also contains such passages as these, which apply to a time long past:
    1 Corinthians 11:14 (Men should not have long hair)
    1 Corinthians 14:34-35 (Women should remain silent in church)
    Deuteronomy 13:6-16 (Death penalty for Apostasy)
    Deuteronomy 20:10-14 (Attack city, kill all men, keep women, children as spoils of war)
    Deuteronomy 21:18-21 (Death penalty for a rebellious son)
    Deuteronomy 22:19-25 (Kill non-virgin/kill adulterers/rapists)
    Deuteronomy 22:28-29 (Pay virgin’s parents for raping her)
    Ecclesiastes 1:18 (Knowledge is bad)
    Exodus 21:1-7 (Rules for buying slaves)
    Exodus 35:2 (Death for working on the Sabbath)
    Ezekiel 9:5-6 (Murder women/children)
    Ezekiel 23:19-20 (A whore who had sex with men hung like donkeys)
    Galatians 5:2-4 (If you are circumcised, Christ has nothing for you)
    Genesis 1:3,4,5,11,12,16 (God creates light, night and day, plants grow, before creating sun)
    Genesis 3:16 (Man shall rule over woman)
    Leviticus 19:19 (No mixed fabrics in clothing)
    Leviticus 19:27 (Don’t trim hair or beard)
    Leviticus 19:28 (No tattoos)
    Leviticus 20:9 (Death for cursing father or mother)
    Leviticus 20:18 (No sex with a woman on her period)
    Leviticus 21:17-23 (Ugly people, lame, dwarfs, not welcome on altar)
    Leviticus 25:45 (Strangers can be bought as slaves)
    Luke 12:33 (Sell your possessions, and give to the poor)
    Luke 14:26 (You must hate your family and yourself to follow Jesus)
    Mark 10:11-12 (Leaving your spouse for another is adultery)
    Mark 10:21-22 (Sell your possessions and give to the poor)
    Mark 10:24-25 (Next to impossible for rich to get into heaven)
    Mark 16:15-16 (Those who hear the gospel and don’t believe go to hell)
    Matthew 5:17-19 (Jesus says he has come to enforce the laws of the Old Testament)
    Matthew 6:5-6 (Pray in secret)
    Matthew 6:18 (Fast for Lent in secret)
    Matthew 9:12 (The healthy don’t need a doctor, the sick do)
    Matthew 10:34-37 (Jesus comes with sword, turns families against each other, those that love family more than him are not worthy)
    Matthew 12:30 (If you’re not with Jesus, you’re against him)
    Matthew 15:4 (Death for not honouring your father and mother)

    So, Dal, you can see that your thought also seems incomplete. I don’t think our church should accept same-sex marriage under our roof, but I don’t think Jesus would want us to judge beyond that. The number one thing is love. That is the only law that doesn’t change over time.

  10. The number one thing is to love God, then others. Obedience to God and His commandments. Also we need to be careful when we pull out just one verse to make a point. Context is key. Read the whole book and chapter and see what God says about His ways.

  11. Simple answer needed. Is it biblically acceptable for a Christian to vote for a Mormon? Yes or no.


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