Posted by: pastortomvabeach | October 30, 2012

Thought for the Week November 4, 2012

The surprise storm of the 2012 hurricane season, Hurricane Sandy, has passed the Tidewater area and, except for a lot of rain and localized flooding, we appear to be OK. I have prayed and I’m sure you have, too, that the same can be said for those in the states North of here and those in the islands to our South who have experienced a more direct hit than us. As the storm winds down and moves on, please continue to lift up the lives, homes, and economic well-being of those who have been hit the hardest. Ask the Lord to comfort, protect, and provide for whatever is needed to ease their hardships.

Since the election is two days away, I wanted to take this opportunity to again express what I believe is the most important issue facing every Christian in the voting booth. Today I read an editorial on Town Hall by Bishop Henry Jackson that confirms what I assert is the biblical position. Bishop Jackson is Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church in the Washington, DC, and serves as a regional Bishop in the Fellowship of International Churches. He has authored several books including The Black Contract with America on Moral Values. As founder and Chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition (HILC), Bishop Jackson has declared that the church and its leaders must lead the way to protect America’s moral compass and heal our nation. His radio commentary “The Truth in Black and White” can be heard daily on 400+ stations nationally. Jackson is a leading researcher on the black church. His commentaries and videos can be found at http://www.thetruthinblackandwhite.com.

Here are some quotes from Bishop Jackson’s editorial entitled, Black and Hispanic Christians Will Put Romney Ahead!

“Bible believers understand that repeatedly throughout the scriptures God’s disapproval of a nation’s spiritual condition caused Him to lift his blessings from that nation creating economic recession and national security problems. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says clearly, ‘If my people called by my name will humble themselves and pray, I will hear……’

“What we decide in this election will determine what kind of nation we are during the next few decades. President Obama has become a personality akin to the biblical figure ‘Ishmael’ for the African-American community instead of the ‘child of promise’ we had hoped for. In a nutshell, he has attempted to create a new, unbiblical standard of social justice that promotes abortion, same-sex marriage, a distrust of Israel, and a diminishing of religious liberties.

“Christians cannot allow government to replace God. Christians cannot create a humanistic form of social justice which ignores God’s moral laws. (Please view my video ‘4 Reasons I Cannot Vote for Barack Obama’ for a more detailed biblically based snap shot of where we are spiritually at http://www.thetruthinblackandwhite.com/Media_Library/). Neither can we rationalize away our responsibilities by talking about ‘civil marriage vs biblical marriage’. Staying at home or voting for Barack Obama makes minority Christians accomplices to the president’s moral agenda.”

Bishop Jackson is very straightforward in his assertions. Speaking as a black American, he is voicing the opinion of other black Christians. It may not represent the majority opinion in the African American community but I believe that it is the proper Christian opinion regardless of one’s ethnic background. Biblical ethics and positions on right and wrong have no color. God created all of us and gave us His ethical standards which work for all of us.

Bishop Jackson’s comment that “God’s disapproval of a nation’s spiritual condition caused Him to lift His blessings from that nation creating economic recession and national security problems”, ought to be a stern warning to America today. Is it possible that the root of the economic and national security situations in the U.S. is our rejection of divine moral standards?

II Chronicles 7:14 says, If my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and heal their land. Christian friend, if we love this country and want to see it turn around spiritually, economically, and socially so that real justice is available to everyone, we must realize that we, the church, God’s people, have been the problem. Because we have failed to speak out about the moral deterioration and even participated in much of it, our nation is headed down very rapidly. If we are to be salt and light, as I discussed a few weeks ago, we must vote for people who will uphold Godly standards of righteousness on the most prominent moral issues of the day (those identified by Bishop Jackson) and, more than that, we must live out these values before this nation in a way that shows that God’s virtue triumphs!

With that in mind, I support Mitt Romney as the only candidate who stands for these values and has a chance of being in position to do something about it. While I have misgivings about him in some areas, his stand for life, marriage, Israel, and religious freedom which are written in his party’s platform, mirror what a Christian should support. I understand that the Constitution Party stands for the same principles and, if I thought this party’s candidate had a chance to become president, I would vote for him. Reality tells me that to remove the proponents of an aggressively ungodly moral direction from office we must vote for the only one who supports our values and has a chance of winning.

I know this may stir up a hornet’s nest because we don’t all have the same political leanings. As Christians, though, we must have the same biblical standards of right and wrong. I trust that you will look very closely at these foundational issues before you cast your vote and also that we will continue to love each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. Hopefully this is a real thought provoker. What do you think?


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