Thursday, November 17, 2016

How Should We See the Results of this Election, and What Should Be Our Response?

There seems to be a big gasp of relief for many Americans who were paying close attention to recent Presidential election.  Some were relieved with the direction the country is now taking (at least for now), and others heartbroken.  There actually seems to be that a lot of the tension for the majority is over, and America has picked her candidate.  The rest need to find away to come together and help make this country into something.

As a Bible believing follower of Jesus Christ, I would not see this election any different had any of the other candidates had won.  This ministry has neither endorsed a candidate in the past or present, nor do I expect to do so in the future. What I do endorse is sound critical thinking upon the issues rooted and grounded on what I would hope to be a solid biblical worldview.

Another thought here is that in the two videos that I have done, one prior nor post election, I only stated who I voted for, but never once encouraged the viewer to choose the same candidate. I endorse a freedom of the conscience in all actions of the political processes. Honestly, for any Bible believing follower of Christ, it means that we should not be doing or thinking anything different than if Hillary Clinton had won win and put America moving into the abyss of socialism. Throughout this whole election season, I was reminded over and over again of the Prophet Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 2:20-22,

20 Daniel said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him. 21 “It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and [ab]establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding. 22 “It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him.”

 At the same time, with the direction this country has gone over the last several decades, and where it is now, God can still use whatever king or President to be a part of this nation’s judgment. God used the evil kings in ancient times to chastise Israel, and God brought forth the Darius’s and the Cyrus’s to assist in guiding and shepherding the nation of Israel, God’s people.

It means that as the Christian church, we cannot sit back on in our laurels basque in a victory over socialism and tyranny. It means that we have a wonderful opportunity to live out the Great Commandment in order to advance the Great Commission, and make disciples, knowing that hate speech laws are further over the horizon than what was thought. It means that we have a lot of equipping to do in the church and outside of the four walls of the church (Ratio Christi, and The Real Issue, and other ministries.)

 In summation, I would like to share some passages of Scripture for our consideration. I believe that Scripture speaks to living out the Great Commandment, and the Great Commission. I believe that now more than ever we need to remember what it means to be a follower of Christ and understand the “apologetic mandate” in order to live the “apologetic life.”

What is the Great Commandment? (See Matthew 22:36-40; Mark 12:28-31)

 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40)

 28 One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; 30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”  (Mark 12:28-31)

What is the Great Commission (See Matthew 28:16-20)

16 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)

What Does It Mean to Be Follower of Christ? (Luke 9:21-25, 26)

 21 But He warned them and instructed them not to tell this to anyone, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.”23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. 25 For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. (Luke 9:21-25, 26)

 What is the Apologetics Mandate? (1 Peter 3:15-17; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Jude 3)

 15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16 and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.
(1 Peter 3:15-17)

 3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

 3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. (Jude 3)

 I pray that as you meditate (fill your heart and mind) with these passages, our Lord will quicken you to the mission at hand. That mission is not to win America. That mission is to win Americans. So go out and give ‘em Heaven.

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