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Letter: R.S. Carter
Take a stand on your knees
Thursday, October 4, 2012
If you already know who your candidate is, or if you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal savior, this article is not intended for you. The latter will consider my statements utter foolishness and feel an overwhelming need to opine. Please don’t. Former personal beliefs coupled with a 2,000-plus-year-old book with an uncanny accuracy rate tells me just how you will react (1 Corinthians 1: 18-30).
Instead, this communiqué is for those undecided voters who just happen to be Christians. I watched both conventions in their entirety and coverage from multiple news sources in print, online and TV. In addition, I have spent hundreds of hours researching various areas of history including education, money, world leaders and differing political ideologies. Despite all of my efforts I still find myself somewhat confused on which side is really telling the truth. Just when you have five experts say one thing, you’ll hear five others say the opposite.
So what’s the answer? How could one possibly come to an educated conclusion on any political subject and know in their heart-of-hearts it’s the correct one? I already know who I’m voting for (not ecstatic by any means). And I still hear things that try to get me to second guess myself. So, if you’re an undecided Christian and still have no idea who’s more right or which of the many social issues best deserves your mark in the “yes” column, you’re not alone.
Being a true Christian encompasses many concepts and virtues. In this context it means you know the precepts outlined in God’s word are true and not to be compromised. God is just, so even if you were to make a “wrong decision” he will weigh your heart.
Actions speak louder than words. Your next action must be a commitment to vote. Biblically voting is not your choice; it’s your obligation. Not voting is a vote; ask the people in Florida. No party lines up perfectly with God’s word, so you must measure which party is closer to the Jew-Dao Christian values on which this country was founded. There really is no other way. If you’re voting your wallet, please re-evaluate. You cannot serve God and mammon. (Luke 16:13)
Now is the time for the differing religions of Catholic, Mormon, Protestant, Methodist and non-denominational, etc., to set aside petty differences (“house divided” … Mark 3:25) and concentrate on asking God to forgive our nation for turning away from him and Israel (Ephesians 4 17-32). Which party just denied Christ three times (and Israel) in front of millions of viewers? Take a stand by getting on your knees … then vote as God directs (2 Chronicles 7:14).