Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Vote for Obama was a Vote for the Democratic Party Platform

On November 6, America voted to reelect President Barack Obama, and therefore stand behind (or in unison) with the 2012 Democratic Party Platform. Whether one agrees with every line of it or not, a vote for Obama is an endorsement of the ideals presented by the party. With that in mind, let’s discuss a few of the conflicts the word of God has with such a platform.

[1] The absence or removal of “God” from the platform [n]
Although the language “God-given” was added (or added back) to the platform, it was not there when it was originally presented. Concerned that they might be called “godless” or worse, as the apparent deletion was being shared in the media, they called for a two-thirds vote to reinstate “God” into their platform. Interestingly, the voice vote had to be called three different times, and, even after it was determined that the “yes” votes had won the majority, many even in the very party questioned its validity and were upset about the amendments (even booing [n]). In all fairness, it has been noted that President Obama questioned the missing reference of “God”, but it must be dually noted that it was not until after it had come to light in the media. Had he previously read the platform? Perhaps he did not know it had changed from 2008.

Mark 7:6:
This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

[2] The absence or removal of “Jerusalem the capital of Israel” from the platform [n]
Although including language that states “Jerusalem the capital of Israel” into a platform does not make Jerusalem the capital of Israel – even as removing it does not discredit it – it can be seen as a support or lack of support to a nation we have chosen to stand behind for many years. Taken in conjunction with Obama’s perception concerning Iran and his lack of desire or inability to make time to meet with Israel's leadership in such a time as this seems rather odd. Of course, in all fairness, we may not have been given all of the reasons why, but from the outside it draws scrutiny because of its removal from the 2008 platform and the discontent of party members for its reinstatement into the 2012 platform.

Genesis 12:3
I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

According to President Obama, himself, he is in support of:

[3] A woman’s right to abortion
In the eyes of scripture, abortion (the killing of an unborn baby) is murder. Please see my post [here] for information concerning whether one can hold Christianity in one hand and abortion in the other.

[4] The homosexual’s right to marry
All through the scripture [1] marriage is defined as between a man and a woman, and [2] homosexuality is seen as an act of immorality. We cannot simply overlook this for the sake of “unity”; for “unity” can never be defined by the acceptance of all things.

Isaiah 5:20
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

We cannot call out to God to bless our nation while we do deny His name, shy from support of His people, and approve acts against His word. We must repent America, and choose God’s platform.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Praying for the 'Other Side'

On the morning after the election (if one had not stayed up to see the results), many surely came to realize the ‘other side’ (meaning the opposing person, party, ideals, etc.) had won. Whether for a political office, amendment, proposal, or other ballot choices, their vote was overruled by the votes of others. We won and they lost, or we lost and they won. So, what do we do now?

What is one to do if they found themselves on the ‘losing’ side of Election Day? Should they merely go back to their private, personal lives, and wait till the next 40 Days of Prayer for 2016? Refuse to do their part and spend all their time speaking ill of those who ‘won’? God forbid.

What about those who have found their candidate to remain in office or their views having been passed on the ballots, should they merely gloat about their ‘win’ and look down upon those who disagreed? Should they now refuse to join hands with those who opposed them, and claim rights or superiority over those who ‘lost’? God forbid.

If you are a biblical Christian and realize the direction our nation is going (and has been going for more than the recent four years), it is past high time for us to get off our lazy high-mindedness and do something about it! We cannot expect God to change and bless our nation, if we refuse to repent ourselves and live out a godly life in total obedience to him. [n] If we desire to see God lift the hand of judgment from our nation, we need to stand by our morals and show the world we are not merely hypocrites only giving God lip service when it is convenient and we want our way!

If we find ourselves at odds with the ideals and plans of those elected, there is still something we can and should be (and should have been) doing! We should be praying for the ‘other side’. [n] Not that they would do what we want them to do, but that they would be used of God for the sake of our nation, and that he would enlighten them to the biblical teachings of scripture. That he would use them to keep religious freedom (not freedom from religion) in America, and hold back the moral decay we see so prevalent today. We cannot simply have the childish mindset of “I’m taking my marbles and going home.”

We must pray, read, be involved, and share the gospel message of Jesus Christ even more!
Pray for our leaders - for they are our nation's leaders - and beg God to use them for his glory!