Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Choice Before Us

Fay Voshell has a thought provoking piece at the American Thinker today entitled The Choice Before Us. Go read it. Once we knew that charity towards the poor and down trodden was a necessary Christian duty, but that it could not be achieved by having the State steal from some to give to others. That would not be charity. Once we knew that homosexuality was wrong, but a Christian did not hate homosexuals, rather hated what they did. Once we understood that though there is only one word for 'love' in English, there are many kinds of love, and sometimes loving means being left alone. Once, we feared our Heavenly Father, not because he is not loving, merciful, comforting and kind, but because that which we do convicts us, and he might choose well choose to simply let us go our own way into hell.

Voshell is right, too many of us have become too materialistic.  Our churches have bowed their heads to the State, instead of standing up for  principle.  The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America now ordains homosexuals as pastors.  The Roman Pontiff seems to make the case for State redistribution of incomes in a false notion of charity.  Too many people seem to have faith in mere men, in Gaia, or, in themselves.  But God has already told us what comes of faith in men in 1 Samuel Chapter 8:

6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. 8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. 9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.”

10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[c] and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
Before we go to the polls, let us humbly pray that the act we perform that day will be in accordance with His will for us.  While it may seem futile, we know that if we do not vote, we have essentially voted for whatever someone else decides.  Let us act in His name for a better world.

At today, Kevin McCullough has another article on the topic of voting entitled The Proper Theology of Voting. McCullough writes:
When a person of faith rejects the civil opportunity, and the moral obligation of casting a vote, they always advance evil in the process.

As Christians, we must understand that we are to be IN this world, but not OF this world. Jesus said to render to Caesar that which is Caesar's and to God what is God's. We have a duty to both, but we must also realize that our duty to God must come above, and before everything else.

 PS: A note to those who do not believe, or are agnostic or are recovering Catholics, etc, etc, etc. The term "God" is a tile, not a name. The tetrogram, commonly written in English as YHWH, and thought by many to be the name of God is, in fact, a statement. At the burning bush, Moses asked for the name of the one speaking to him, and was given the statement "I am." It actually makes sense, since this "I am" is the one and only, and therefore needs no name. We have names because there are more than one of us. This "I am" created all that is out of nothing, a void. He created matter, energy, space and time, life, male and female and more. Because he created all these things, He must also be equally, She, It, vegetarian and carnivore. To create something, even in human terms, one must have an aspect of it in his character. Your understanding of the Creator is both as limited, and as good as is my own. I cannot comprehend the totality of what He is, but I don't really have to, and neither do you. I urge you too to pray to a Creator of your understanding, for faith, wisdom, understanding, and love. Jesus said to ask and you will receive, so ask. At the same time, also understand that Gaia is rock floating in space. It offers nothing whereas he wants every good thing for you.

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