by Gray Graham
It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year and life really in America. It’s that time when we have to decide who we are going to choose as the leader of our country. If you are a devout Christian that loves the Lord and tries with all your power to follow Him then it is especially hard. Well actually it really isn’t that hard but if you follow a lot of “Christians” then they will have you believe that it is an agonizing decision when it really is not.
The problem lies in the “Christian” and not in their choice of a candidate. See in America we have a group of people that are Christian in name only. Nothing about how they live their lives is following the teachings of Jesus Christ. No matter how many scriptures they read, sermons they preach or hear, nothing moves them to actually live their lives in a way that is in keeping with a servant of God.
As Jesus tells us, many people do acts that seemingly follow God, but their hearts are not in those acts. They will follow these acts with other acts that are blatantly sins against God and will not think anything of it. We have people that take the name of Jesus and they use it for evil against the children of God.
And let us not pretend that this is something new. This is something that has been going on for thousands of years. The scars and damage can be seen across the world. Entire civilizations and people have been wiped out in the name of Jesus. Untold pain and suffering all committed in the name of Jesus.
Not only do these “Christians” commit these acts but they never acknowledge that they have done anything wrong. In their minds nothing wrong has been done especially when they refuse to acknowledge that the victims are human beings created in the image of God.
All of this brings me back to the point where it is not difficult for someone that loves God and lives to do His will to pick a candidate to vote. It is however extremely difficult for someone that says that they love God and says that they live to do His will.
There have been many times in the past where we have had candidates that we did not have to lean on our faith in order to chose a candidate because they were all of the same moral character so many of their actions and decisions would be very similar. There are other times when the differences have been glaring and frightening to many Americans because it meant their lives would change for the worse.
Many “Christians” love saying how they are not perfect but for some reason many want their politicians to be perfect servants of God. I am sorry but it is not possible to pick a perfect politician from a pool of imperfect people. Your church leaders are not perfect and you are perfectly fine with that so I don’t understand why you expect a politician to be perfect.
But this expectation of perfection is only reserved for one political party in our country. Everyone else is allowed to be flawed. It is probably their own fault for choosing to act like something they are not. They try to be the best of all worlds when they are really just slightly better than the other options.
I understand for the average person politics is scary. I understand that often politics deals with topics that many don’t quite understand. It also deals with things that people don’t quite like. It often deals with things we just don’t like. All of these things have led to a culture and a society of fear, apathy, and ignorance.
It’s easier to say they are all exactly the same and not vote than it is to work and understand why they are different and that would take a lot of time and effort that many people don’t want to exert. Somehow “Christians” can figure out how to work for imperfect sinful companies, live in an imperfect sinful culture, participate in an imperfect sinful economic system and make clear choices and decisions everyday in a sinful world yet when it comes to voting for a candidate all of sudden it is an impossible task.
My personal preference and desire would be to let worldly people make worldly decisions to govern the world. I live my life for Heaven and not for life on Earth. The problem with that is that it does not help people in need beyond what I am able to do on my own. That is the very definition of faith without works. It might reduce my stress and keep me from seeing bad things but it is not me doing something to help God’s children that are in need.
There are times when we as servants of God have to do things that we don’t actually like but it is serving the greater glory of God. It is at these times where we are examples of God’s glory here on earth and that is always needed.
So no Christians that truly follow God are not going to just vote for anyone that is an open racist, bigot, and spreads hate and fear. Only people that say that they follow God yet do nothing to keep His Word would think that is acceptable. America has a long history of calling people that enslave others, burn down churches, and kill the innocent as good “Christians”. It would seem that this long running American tradition continues today and will continue long into the foreseeable future especially when so few “Christians” have the courage to speak against these sins.
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