Politics

As the election draws near, some thoughts have popped up in my head.

First, what I’ve been seeing out of a lot of the Christian community is to vote for platform and not candidates.

If you read them and look for key Christian issues such as abortion, marriage, religious liberty, and so on it should be “clear” who you should be voting for. One is distinctly more oriented toward Christian values and one is not.

The other one I’m seeing is the issue of Supreme Court Justices, and how the next POTUS will be able to appoint about 1-4.

Obviously, the “platform” is much like campaign promises which means candidates could just throw it out the window (and I find that likely given the character of both candidates). Not to mention many third party candidates that won’t win. However, that is not a reason to not vote. We have a “right” to vote, which does not mean we need to exercise it. But I don’t think disengaging is necessarily the right answer either.

Second, as I’ve stated before on this blog, I think marriage is a red herring. I’m not sure why the Church is so fixated on gay marriage when gay marriage doesn’t exist to God. The Church should be more concerned about divorce, especially since divorce is rampant in almost every denomination of Christianity in the West.

Gay marriage, at best, affects maybe 1-2% of the population. Divorce wreaks havoc on 40-50% of the population, and it most affects the children who are wrapped up in its destructive wake. You want to change a generation? You gotta start with divorce. Churches need to crack by exerting community-wide pressure and Church excommunications such as what happened to Jenny Erikson. Props to her Church for excommunicating her after she frivorced her husband.

The main things to do to prevent divorce are: repealing no fault divorce, default father custody of children, reforming welfare, and things like that. Unfortunately, these things won’t happen, but communities can still exert influence. Until the Church takes a hard stance against divorce, there is no disincentive for frivorce while there is certainly cash and prizes for doing it.

Third, I think that the fact people get upset at political stances is very interesting. If they didn’t care they would be apathetic, but they do care which means they get upset when others disagree with them. I think that this is a good thing because people do want to be engaged when it comes to how they are being governed and the values instituted in the various systems and powers that be.

Unfortunately, people’s value systems are all out of whack. It’s obvious that non-Christians will vote according to their “own” system of morality given they don’t have an anchored reality point. However, even many Christians are ignorant, deceived, or foolish when it comes to basing their “truth” on what they feel rather than God’s Truth.

The mess you get yourself into is of your own doing, whether in ignorance, deception, or foolishness. It’s up to you to take steps to excavate yourself from the ditch — in conjunction with God’s grace and mercy — and it always involves humility and repentance. Such things are in short supply.

Finally, whatever happens we still should be praying for our leaders and our soon-to-be leaders. It’s easy to feel or think that someone who is opposed to God is going to face the wrath and judgment of God, but God still has a heart of compassion for them and desires that they be saved. We should be praying that God will plant the seeds and make it into a plentiful harvest in their lives, their families, and their advisors.

Yes, it may be a miracle, but our God is the God of impossibilities.

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14 Responses to Politics

  1. Don Quixote says:

    Great post DS.
    As someone who lives in another country [Australia] I cannot vote in American elections. But I am convinced this is probably the most important election in decades. Giving women the vote was the downfall of western society, and now it looks like the next POTUS will be a raving feminist. She is a classic example of the blind leading the blind.
    The entire world is watching this election, just to give you an example, last week I met with a group of bro’s for pizza and drinks, at the end of the evening we were so concerned about this election we were praying for Donald Trump. We are fast reaching the next leg down for the west. Its gunna get dark.
    Also I agree 100% about getting rid of no fault divorce it is destroying the family, and plaguing the churches. But no politician will get elected if he stands against no fault divorce, and churches are too desperate for more people to make a big issue about it. Pray for the authorities.

  2. Just Some Guy says:

    “Not to mention many third party candidates that won’t win.”

    I think this is going to really surprise people. Gary Johnson’s following is huge* and how the media is actively ignoring him is amazing. Gary is the best 3rd Party contender the US has had in a very long time. If the Electoral College is split 50/50, and Gary can pull off just one state, the whole thing goes to the Senate (or House, I’ve read conflicting info).

    * agghhh! I can’t even type that word without hearing Trump’s voice. LOL

  3. Robin Munn says:

    There’s another aspect I find worth mentioning. It’s okay to get passionate about political issues, and even to feel angry when someone disagrees with you, but “In your anger do not sin.” (Ephesians 4:26) The temptation to insult people who are guilty of nothing more than honest disagreement with our opinions is always present, and MUST be resisted. When Jesus told us that he who calls his brother “You fool!” is liable to the hell of fire (Matthew 5:22), I don’t know whether He meant that to apply to calling out people who are being deliberately dishonest and pointing them out as liars. But He certainly did mean that to apply to, say, your fellow believers who merely have a different opinion than you do about whether their conscience can allow them to vote for that candidate. (Trump, Hillary, whoever).

    Matthew 5:22 is one of the verses I have the hardest time living up to. And, judging from what I’ve seen in the comments sections of several political blogs I read, I’m not alone in that.

  4. A man’s role in society will be nullified if she gets elected. The only men that will be accepted are the hordes of foreign invaders that she will bring in.

  5. Neguy says:

    This is the best piece I’ve ever read on elections. It was written shortly before the 2012 presidential election.

    http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2012/11/thinking-about-the-election-from-a-biblical-point-of-view-sam-storms/

    Yes, this guy is Calvinist. But when the world seems to be coming unglued, this is when we need to have faith in the sovereignty and goodness of God the most.

  6. Jonadab-the-Rechabite says:

    @DS your thinking on divorce is spot on, it is the plank in the eye of the church. But in order to reverse divorce, the church would need to strengthen Biblical-patriarchal marriage, something that she is loath to do. Her compromise with feminism prevents her from standing on the Bible alone in the area of marriage. In as mush as she has tried to becomes friends with the world in order to be liked by the world or even to evangelize the world, she has become enmity with God.

    If we Christians cannot rule ourselves according to the Word then we are in no position to rule in society and that in a nutshell is the story of the demise of the West.

    “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams

  7. Being the long-term planner that I am, I find that the Clintons have made this an existential Election for the Republic a bit unnerving. Mostly because the killing that comes next isn’t necessary, but part of me would appreciate slaughtering a lot of evil. But, make no mistake, this isn’t just a “Change” election; a Clinton victory ensures massive upheaval.

    My hope is that Trump is somewhere in the Hezekiah/Justinian mold. I don’t expect a President to be a religious leader (which, it seems, a bunch of Christians have finally figured out), but he should be expected to do his actual job. Clinton views the job as getting revenge on everyone else for her being evil.

    And you should pray deeply for a Trump victory, as to borrow from Vox, what comes next is going to be worse. Politics is war by other means, and we’re rapidly approaching the point where “politics” is robbed from the actual majority of the country. Once that dawns on a small portion, the fighting starts. There hasn’t been a true Civil War among a Western nation since before WW1. It’s not something to look forward to.

  8. Also, the Polling this cycle is a crime against Mathematics. Pure Media PsyOps from the get-go.

  9. @ LG

    Yeah, some evangelicals believe that Trump is a “Cyrus” a la Isaiah 45 and Ezra 1.

    Interesting viewpoint, to say the least.

    The “least evil” is an interesting argument that I think falls flat given that the character of both candidates is subject to change on a whim. Though it is probable that society will become “the most progressive” if Hillary gets in office, so there is that.

  10. @DS:

    At one point, I described the Media’s bias as “worse than the Pharisees lying to Pilate so he would execute Jesus”. And, frankly, that might have been underplaying it. Which is why the next phase of action is the utter destruction of the current Media. They’ve set themselves up as the enemy, so destruction is to be upon them soon.

    I like to have measured, thought-out discussions, but this Election was never going to allow for it. The Podesta emails make pretty clear the reason for that. Hillary is hated by much of the country, so no amount of advertisement was going to improve that view. Thus, there was only one pathway to victory: complete destruction of the GOP Nominee. The Dems set out this pathway and have stuck to it.

    That’s part of why the “lesser of two evils” really falls flat, even if it’s mostly just a way a person can virtue signal. But it, also, is a way to hide from having to actually commit to voting for Hillary “because she’s a Woman”. This is why Trump has tagged her so thoroughly as Corrupt. (Aside from being amazingly true.) It utterly short-changes the Woman Card approach any other GOP Nominee would have rolled over to.

  11. Maea says:

    I find it interesting you say marriage is a red herring because the focus should be on divorce– IME, Christians have always promoted the idea that divorce was the red herring. It becomes more interesting when it’s secular people who point out divorce is the problem, and Christians get offended. Hmm.

    I agree no-fault divorce was the burst can that created the mess, but how do you resolve the problem of people’s moral systems? For instance, in many countries where divorce wasn’t legalized, couples still split up and shacked up with a different person instead. Or they made up bogus reasons for the divorce such as spousal abuse (which is what happened to Ronald Reagan, and was part of his reasoning for legalizing no-fault divorce).

  12. @ Maea

    The general context of the Scriptures is:

    Non-believers = preach the gospel

    Christians = take off the old, put on the new = root out sin, show a pattern of good works and good character

    The problem of people’s moral systems is mainly if they claim to be Christian. If they aren’t Christians we shouldn’t expect that they would be moral, which is why they need the gospel. However, if they claim to be Christians, it’s the job of the Church (e.g. the body of Christ) to encourage and hold them to the standard of Christ.

    Much of the Church currently in the western world holds unbelievers to the standards of believers, and believers to the standard of unbelievers. It’s hypocritical and completely backward.

  13. shredifier says:

    Some of the most disgusting hypocrites that the Lord Jesus ever met were the “moral” Pharisees in his day which would be the equivalent of the religious church going believer today
    It would be a disastrous mistake, generally speaking, to equate Christians=moral and non believers= non moral
    Some of the most moral and righteous people alive today are not believers in Christ at all, like Buddhists and Taoists and even some agnostics while “professing” believers have the morals of an alley cat
    Let us not forget that Hell will literally be filled to the brim with morally righteous, clean living, religious, church attending moral folk who committed no murder, adultery, drunkeness, or slander their entire lives

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