by Pastor Jim Feeney, Ph.D.
As I write this, many major American cities have become like war zones. Law-abiding residents are cowering in fear, and many are fleeing, some permanently. Buildings are being burned. Looting of stores has become common. Violent individuals, who are often parts of protesting mobs, are ruling the streets while cowardly governmental officials restrict law enforcement officers’ abilities to control the law breakers.
This chaos was prophesied 2,000 years ago. Speaking to His disciples about signs of the end times, Jesus said that “lawlessness will be increased” (Matthew 24:12, ESV). Christ’s words are coming true before our very eyes. The apostle Paul likewise spoke of those who would “in the last days … [be] relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement) … uncontrolled and fierce” (2 timothy 3:1-3, AMPC Bible). Thankfully, in the face of this we have God’s Word declaring His law enforcement position: “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right” (1 Peter 2:13-14).
Many American cities are sliding into chaos as I write this in September, 2020. Vote biblically. Vote for proven
The Bible calls Jesus “the author of
The Scriptures undeniably reveal God as pro-life, as the author of life and the protector of earth’s most innocent of all beings, the unborn in the womb. Please, vote for those who will honor
God the Father loves the world so much (John 3:16) that He sent Jesus His Son to earth to die on the cross to bear the sins of mankind. And Jesus loves His redeemed Church so much that “He gave up His life for her.” The Father and the Son paid the supreme price to save lost men and women and incorporate them into the Church and the family of God.
The American Constitution never says to keep the Church shackled and out of the public arena. What the First Amendment does do is forbid Congress from making any laws either to establish religion or to prohibit the free exercise of religion. The Bible, along with the U.S. Constitution, makes it abundantly clear that the government is to keep its hands off the church! It is very important that you vote for candidates who fully support the
God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1) and the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. He brought them together and “blessed them” (the first marriage) and told them to bear children and thereby begin the long process of populating the earth. The pattern from the beginning — a father, a mother, and their children — is the pattern God reveals throughout Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. The Bible knows no other pattern than this clear definition of the traditional family. That is God’s unchanging plan from the beginning.
Forces are at work in our nation, attempting to redefine and even to destroy the nuclear family — father, mother, and children. The traditional biblical family, as created by God, is at the very heart of any prosperous, God-blessed society. In the upcoming election, I urge you to vote for candidates who support the traditional family and who oppose efforts to destroy it and replace it with man-made alternatives that will erode the very fabric of our society.
In the previous section we looked at God’s definition of family. Now let’s narrow our focus and look specifically at God’s definition of marriage. Some Pharisees were confronting Jesus on the topic of divorce in the Bible. In reply, Jesus turned their attention (and ours) onto the Genesis account of the first marriage, which we have looked at briefly above. Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife’…?” (Matthew 19:4-5)
Jesus had a remarkable ability to take very important truths and simplify them in words easy to understand. Explaining from Genesis how God had instituted marriage, He said, “…the Creator ‘made them male and female’ … a man … and his wife.” That, and that alone, is the only format for marriage found in the entirety of God’s Bible — a male/man married to a female/wife. The modern acceptance of what many call “gay marriage” or "same-sex marriage" is found nowhere in Scripture. To the contrary, homosexual conduct is broadly condemned in the Bible:
Don’t let changing societal customs sway you from voting biblically. It’s not the culture’s place to change the Bible. Rather, it’s Almighty God’s right, expressed in the truths of His Word, to change the culture. Be determined to vote for those who will support God’s biblical definition of traditional marriage of a man and a woman.
One of the crucial issues of our time is the transgender movement. This is a direct contradiction to God’s creative authority. This is clearly shown in the same Scripture (above) where Jesus defined God’s standard for what marriage is. Let’s review that Scripture:
Tragically, men and women, even teens, are going through sex change procedures in a hopeless effort to become something that is the exact opposite of what the Creator God made them to be! I am fully content to be a man, because that’s what the Lord created me to be. My wonderful wife is fully content to be a woman, because that’s what the Lord created her to be. When we twist and pervert anything from Almighty God’s always-perfect patterns and standards, we walk away from the blessings of submission and obedience to Him. Resolve to be biblical, not culture-influenced, on this current hot-button topic. Hold to God’s perfect wisdom in creating each of us unchangeably either male or female. I urge you to vote for candidates who will uphold the Creator God’s gender decisions against the contrary, destructive philosophies of mankind.
This is the last point we’ll look at, but certainly not the least. God’s love for Israel as a people permeates the pages of Scripture. As Moses was leading the nation of Israel from slavery in Egypt toward the Promised Land, God said to that nation, “You are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession” (Deuteronomy 14:2). He told the nation of Israel that He had brought them out of bondage in Egypt “because the Lord loved you” (Deut. 7:8). The Psalmist encouraged us to love and pray for Jerusalem, and by implication the nation — “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you’.” (Psalm 122:6)
Jesus, God’s Son, came to earth by a miraculous divine conception in the womb of a virgin named Mary (Matthew 1:20-21). In His earthly birth, the Bible says, “It is clear that our Lord descended from Judah” (Hebrews 7:14). Jesus, the Savior of the world, as to His humanity was a Jew. These and more Scriptures make it very, very clear that God has a special love for the nation of Israel.
This may seem like an unusual point to close on. But given God’s great love for the nation of Israel, I encourage you to vote for candidates who respect and support Israel. Ponder that from God’s standpoint, not from a political one.
If you hold the Bible to be God’s holy, revealed Word, I heartily encourage you to let the Scriptures, not political considerations, motivate your votes. Be sure to vote, and pull the lever or check the box for those men and women that you believe are the most likely to govern or legislate or judge consistent with Almighty God’s revealed positions on important issues of life. We’ve looked at 7 of those divine standards in this article:
• God is pro-law and order
• God is pro-life
• God is pro-church
• God is pro-nuclear/traditional family
• God is pro-traditional marriage
• God creates two clearly-identified, permanent genders
• God is pro-Israel
A personal appeal: If this message speaks to your heart,
Post-script: I’ve written an article (link below) with some additional Bible insights on voting that you may find interesting. God bless you. And may He help you and guide you in voting according to the unchangeable truths of His holy Word.
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