A Political Conversation

A POLITICAL CONVERSATIONby Jeremiah Johnson Ministries

Is it unreasonable to ask Christians to simply vote for the candidate they feel best represents biblical values?

I openly confess that I have NEVER understood the wars surrounding politics. Here is my process:

Every election year, I blot out Democrat or Republican and I also blot out the candidates names. I then check whatever boxes best represent biblical values.

✅ Pro Life
✅ Pro Israel
✅ Pro Religious Liberty

And on and on…

Image may contain: 2 people

The candidate and party that has the most checked boxes is who I vote for. Period. White, black, hispanic, male, female, etc. If any Democrat or any other party had the most checked boxes, I would vote for them in a heartbeat. Period.

For example, in the 2016 Florida Primaries, I voted for Tedd Cruz over Donald Trump. Why? Because I believed he more rightly represented biblical values.

In November when the election became Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton, I again, blotted out the political parties and names and simply checked the boxes. I then had no other option but to vote for Trump.

When Christians start bashing Joe Biden or Donald Trump for their demeanor, competency, decisions etc, I personally do not understand. Put the men and political parties aside and just check boxes based off biblical values. Why is this so hard?

I look at the 2020 election and don’t even begin to understand what the debate is among Christians as to who to vote for. Without tearing down either man, can we just look at the Bible to determine our vote? Can someone help me understand what I’m missing?

Jeremiah Johnson

Should Christians Get Involved in Politics?

by Pastor Bob Cornell of Cornell Ministries

With the November 3rd presidential election quickly coming upon us, the question given in the title of this article has been stirring in my spirit. The majority of those who identify themselves as evangelical (gospel believing) Christians in the USA, no matter what race, believe in the voting process. But yet there is a large portion of Christianity that does not vote, even if they would verbally ascribe to it. The arguments against believers getting involved in politics are such as, “The Bible does not state clearly that we should involve ourselves in secular politics or voting,” or “The church is not called to vote, we are called to preach the gospel,” or “Christians are ONLY to pray for, honor, and obey governmental leaders and civil authorities, along with paying taxes”Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing, sky, beard and outdoor (Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Tim. 2:1-4; 2 Pet. 3:13-17). It is true that there are no verses in the Bible that state specifically “Thou shall vote” or “Thou shall strive to become governmental leaders.” To some, it seems clear that Christians should not involve themselves in politics at all or just in the realm of voting and that’s it. To others, the whole Bible should be considered and not just those passages that specifically mention governmental leaders and the church. The following is just a few examples of what the Bible states about believers and politics.

First of all, it should be understood what is meant by the word “politics.” The English word “politics” comes from the Greek word for “city”, polis, and “citizen”, polites. Politics and being a citizen are closely connected. Politics is the art of managing or influencing government policies. Being a citizen is one who has the right to be a member of the social politic (management and influence) of a country. In other words, citizens are the ones who manage, influence, and use the rights of the politics of a country. Of course, in a cruel dictatorship or communism, the role of a citizen in politics is different.

In Acts 22:25-29 Paul used his Roman citizenship for the advancement of God’s will for his life, and ultimately for the Gospel’s sake. The Jewish Sanhedrin was demanding that the Roman authorities scourge Paul which would have most possibly ended Paul’s life. But Paul used his rights as a Roman citizen to stop it. Paul said to the centurion “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and uncondemned?” (vs. 25). All of Acts 25 is about Paul’s continual appeal before Roman authorities to Roman law. In vs. 11 he even said “I appeal to Caesar.” Paul knew that it was God’s will for him to go to Rome. He also realized the only way that was possible was for him to use politics as a citizen of Rome. He would eventually be martyred by Nero, the Roman Emperor, but before that happened he wrote the “prison epistles,” and saw many Roman soldiers and common people won to Christ in Rome. Rome did not have a voting system like we do in the USA, but his appeal to Caesar was essentially his “vote” to use his rights as a Roman citizen. His “vote” would eventually end his life, but it also influenced the world from that point in time to the present. In Phil. 3:20 Paul wrote that “our citizenship is in heaven…” As children of God, we have dual citizenship, in heaven and on earth.

What do we take away from this example God gave us through Paul? A book could be written, but here are three important points:

1. Use our rights as a citizen to spread the Gospel to as many people as we can.
•We have the freedom & rights in the USA to spread the Gospel, so use that freedom & rights for the glory of God.
2. Use all the freedoms given to us as citizens to influence society with the Gospel and biblical morality & righteousness.
•Paul’s life is a snapshot of this. When he preached the Gospel in Jewish synagogues, he did so because he showed up and would have been invited by the ruling rabbi of that synagogue. We need to use our rights to at least show up to give the Gospel, even at places where we know we’ll be rejected.
•The Gospel brought God’s righteousness and morality everywhere Paul preached it. It does the same today in our society.
3. Paul used the rights given to him, so as citizens of the USA, we have the right and responsibility to use our vote to vote in leaders that will allow the church to continue to spread the Gospel freely.

We have several examples in the Old Testament in which God placed His people in influential positions in secular governments. It was God’s will for Joseph to be second in command to Pharaoh in Egypt in order to provide for and protect his family (Gen. 41:37-57). God placed Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego in very influential positions in Babylon (Dan. 1-4). Nebuchadnezzar, the evil king of Babylon, had a life changing experience and he gave his life to God (Dan. 4). Daniel eventually was second in command to Darius in the Persian government in Daniel 6. He was a prophet and politician in a secular government. Esther became the queen of Persia in order to keep the Jewish people alive. God even used Cyrus, the heathen king of Persia, to provide for God’s people to rebuild the temple (Ezra 4:5). God used Cyrus so much that He even referred to Cyrus as His “anointed (one)” in Isaiah 45:1.

What do we take away from these examples?

1. At times, God will place a calling on a believer to be a political leader in some capacity.
•This does not mean that God has called the church to take over secular society through politics. This does mean that God can and will call His people to be in governmental positions, ultimately to uphold or be an example of biblical righteousness and morality in the country.
2. At times, God will even use unsaved governmental leaders for His purpose and glory.

Pastor Bob Cornell of Cornell Ministries

If you were blessed by Pastor Bob’s post, please consider giving here

Baptist Leader Denounces Prolife Christians

Read that headline again, quite a paradox, isn’t it? But not to Dwight A. Moody. He uses the term ‘protestant’ rather than Christian, which should be the first clue of a fallen or rusty Christian, particularity in conservative prolife circles. And saying that, does Mr. Moody identify as a Philistine or Pharisee or Christian? The Bible is not remiss in explaining the differences.

It’s like watching a slow horrific train wreck happening before your eyes. Christians and the Church is why abortion is still legal and justified, not Democrats, although they do love throwing gas on the fire. Democrats have no basis for anything they espouse, all they know is hatred of capitalism and the Church. The unborn are simply spittle to them, an unsavory thing to spew when told to.

This recent article from Baptist News Global depicts hatred of prolife work, anti-abortion groups and ministries as hapless idiots without enough significant basis for Dwight A. Moody’s moral compass. He steps on the Hand of Christ extended to the most helpless of all humans. How Mr. Moody must cringe in cowardice for trying to turn real Christians against prolife work that actually has basis in the Word of God. I almost feel sorry for him.  

“…too many voters disassociate their position on abortion from the lives and loves of the people who most need that service”

“If the right-to-life bunch were really concerned about such realities, they would do two things which, by and large, they rarely do: distribute contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies and support policies that care for newborn children.”

WOW, that’s a pretty big assumption of all Christians who support unborn life. Moody is a moral secularist, not a Christian. Most who throw stones don’t do the work they accuse others of shirking. Does Mr. Moody feed the poor? Has he adopted or fostered? Does he pass out his precious contraception? Does he ever explain the Gospel to the underserved? Or does he just throw stones? 

I see a pile of stones.

On Mr. Moody’s Twitter account, a recent tweet says, “Racial solidarity and social justice are THE moral and spiritual issues of our time for the white churches of the south.” I would dare Mr. Moody to analyze the racially motivated extermination of unborn black babies all over the United States of America and see exactly how they are disproportionately targeted, just as Margaret Sanger and other eugenicists have forged. Over 20 MILLION black children have been killed through a legal procedure he does not denounce. 

I encourage Mr. Moody to come to the sidewalk to see his morality in action, to see broken women killing their unborn children, to witness what prolifers and ministers do on the sidewalk: pray and have conversations. Prolife ministry is part of the Book of Acts Church in ACTION. 

If you don’t lead with the Bible, all you have is human assumption and suppression. That is not a good Baptist. Or Christian. Or human. 

Our worst ‘moral failure’ as Christians is not protecting what God has created. 

The God-INTENDED Feminist, Part 2

Being an ordained minister, I know what a God-intended feminist is, there are so many great women to list in this post. The first obvious God-intended feminist is the Prophetess Deborah who was a leader well before there were suffragettes. The next one that comes 2016-07-21 10.46.41ato mind is Esther, she literally put her life on the line to free her people. This is probably my favorite, Bathsheba. She was an adulterer, repentant, and became the mother of Solomon. Even more notably, The Proverbs 31 Woman. I love her best because she really made a mess of her life, cleaned it up, and through God’s Grace became the benchmark that every woman should aspire to be. And that’s just in the Old Testament.

So when I see the ‘new’ feminism, especially in the prolife movement, as a Christian and minister I am offended that any woman would label themselves a ‘new’ feminist. Never has a so-called movement been so clearly not of God, nor of polite society.

Feminism was not meant to be ugly and mean, but here we are. And the prolife movement is no exception to this ugliness. This ‘new’ feminism is very interesting to me, but even more so are the splinter groups that have formed, both prolife and proabort sides. Just to make this clear, I am NOT surprised that progressive feminists are evil and vile. It’s obvious, kind of like daring people to cross them, or whatever. I find it very cartoony and simple, obnoxious and funny. These ‘women’ really believe they speak for all women.

What is more disturbing and reprehensible are the faux-life feminists. I mean seriously. What really separates them from proaborts? Because if I saw them side by side, I’d have a pretty rough time seeing or hearing the difference, and not because of their appearance, but because of their shaming, shunning, filthy language, lack of sensibilities and basic manners.

The capability to be in polite society should set us apart from the animals, but how would anyone know the difference? My way or the highway, throw friends under the bus, cop a lousy attitude.

Then, what happened to the God-intended feminists? Why is the faux-life movement so offended at the real things of God? Why are prolife Christian women judged as being extreme? To that, I say THANK YOU FOR NOTICING. Being set apart for such a time as this is called MINISTRY. Much like the OT and NT God-intended feminists, I trust God, not feminism, to do what God has called me to do, a task taken seriously without apology.

But why are the ‘new’ feminists so mean to the God-intended feminists? Maybe being a Trump Conservative was just too much to deal with. Are we too old to be ‘relevant’? That’s ageism. No preaching on the sidewalk? That’s persecution. No graphic imagery? That’s not telling the whole truth.

Look, it’s real easy to be the popular one when you go out of your way to look and sound the part. But when you refuse to set yourself apart from the opposition, all you’ve done is a whole bunch of nothing, causing confusion, being part of the problem. And that’s too bad. There is so much more for you.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” [Romans 12:2]

 

The Prolife Cause of the Proverbs 31 Woman

Being a Proverbs 31 woman, or at least aspiring to be, has it’s responsibilities. So when women that are abortion-minded OR pro-‘choice’ [proaborts] and call themselves Christians or ‘religious’, remind them of what the Proverb actually says:

v8 Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die.
v9 Open your mouth, judge righteously,

And plead the cause of the poor and needy.

1. Open your MOUTH [mentioned TWICE]
2. Judge RIGHTEOUSLY.

The word righteous is an adjective: 1) characterized by uprightness or morality, 2) morally right or justifiable, 3) acting in an upright, moral way; virtuous. [dictionary.com]

And if you’re a Bible nerd like us, see the origins and meaning of judge and righteous/righteously in the Strong’s. You won’t find what proaborts – Christian or not – accuse us of. And that’s probably because they are not properly taught anything about the Bible.

SO: NO EXCUSES. The Bible is very clear on this, there is no middle ground or gray area. If you do not engage by starting the conversation for those who cannot, and plead their cause before they go to the executioner, YOU ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN…or human, for that matter.

Dear Christian woman, GO TO THE SIDEWALK and plead the cause because the BIBLE says…COMMANDS us to do this wonderful thing for the speechless.

So, get all Picard on ’em and ENGAGE.


EXPOSING THE ABORTION AGENDA FROM THE PULPIT, ON THE SIDEWALK, THE MEDIA & IN THE STATEHOUSE: Today, 60 unborn Ohioans will be aborted. TODAY.

YOU can contribute to KeepLifeLegal by simply going to the sidewalk, praying, voting for and supporting prolife candidates & legislation.