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Monday, March 7, 2016

Quiet-Time Reflections

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Week of: March 7, 2016                          pmcrawford1@gmail.com     
Sharing by: Pam Crawford

1 John 2:6 (NLT)                                                        
“Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Christ did."

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One of the most disappointing aspects of the 2016 American Presidential campaign for me thus far has not necessarily been the candidates, but rather the children of God supporting individuals that do not reflect the teachings of the Holy Word, or the call to live as children of light (Ephesians 5, 1 John 3, John 8:31-47). I guess I cannot fathom how a child of God can become a cheerleader to anyone who misrepresents the character traits of the One they claim to believe in. 

Now with that said I understand that no man or woman is perfect. Romans 3:23 tells us that "we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. You are actually reading the words of a woman who has fallen short more times than I like to admit. However, we cannot use imperfection as an excuse to overlook that which does not align to the Word of God in our self or others. When electing leaders there should be some indication that there is a moral and ethical foundation within them somewhere. They won't be perfect and they will not be able to please everyone, but a glimmer of Christ's light should be apparent. 

As a child of God I am called to change (repent) not celebrate the things within myself that are not pleasing to God. Romans 12:2 says “Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will." As children of God we are instructed to work towards a moral and ethical standard that reflects a better image of Jesus Christ, our purpose in this world. This applies to all people including leaders in this world. I encourage you to read the following article by John MacArthur that gives some good biblical insight into the qualities to be found in a professed child of God. It is lengthy but helpful. 

The President of the United States whether a politician, or Washington outsider, will be a sinful human being by nature and they will have made many mistakes along the way, that you can bank on. If he or she claims to be a Christian however, and if that is important to you, it should be evident in how they choose to conduct themselves. We will be known by our (fruits), our actions/morals/ values/character and integrity (Matthew 7:16-20). Actions should speak louder to you than the promises you hear in campaign speeches or the political party affiliation. Like each of us the candidate should be working to bring about unity, peace, and restoration, not more division and a mockery of God’s Word.

If one’s character and personal integrity is important to you then I encourage you to also consider the spiritual qualities of the candidate you are endorsing before casting your vote. Are they someone that you would be proud to have representing your own family out there in this world? Do their words or actions reflect the beliefs and core values that you hold dear in your heart? Can you trust that they will emulate Christian values as they deal with some pretty tough issues in our country?

As you contemplate these questions along with your own, consider digging a bit deeper. Ask, is this person that I am endorsing humble in nature or is there arrogance and ego? Are they a good representative of the family unit? Or, do they misrepresent the created institution of marriage? Are they grieved by our current culture or do they make excuses for it? Do they value all human life including babies in the womb? Or, have they been supporters of agencies that kill babies in the name of women’s rights? Are they really interested in bringing jobs back to America and getting people back to work? Or, do they do business outside of this country for personal gain?  Do they have a real plan to fix our healthcare system or will we have to dig deeper into our family budgets to afford care? What is their plan for assisting our Veterans and ensuring that social security paid in by the elderly, will be there when they need it? Will our armed forces continue to decrease or will they be strengthened in light of the threats all around us? What is their view of terrorist organizations such as ISIS? And, will people who desire to live here under the respect of our laws and Constitution remain welcome? We can’t just listen to their rhetoric; we need to understand their long term goals and viewpoints. Take time to Google each of their websites and learn more.

Finally American Christian is the person you are considering a supporter of the United States Constitution? Or, are they merely interested in amending it for personal gain? Do they support religious liberties or are they trying to remove God from the soil? Will their viewpoint rob you of the right to protect your family? Will their economic vision add to, or reduce the outrageous debt we are passing onto future generations. Now would be the time to better understand the function of the Constitution of the country that you call home.
https://home.ubalt.edu/shapiro/rights_course/Chapter1text.htm                              

Friends, it is dangerous to vote for someone merely because they express your frustrations. They might not be a Washington insider today but after they are elected that is exactly what they will be. Do not overlook that wisdom comes when you look at the complete package. Some will argue then that we will not have anyone to elect and that might be true. I happen to believe that God’s representatives are still walking this earth, but we have to look for signs of them and then support them. 

Future generations will reap the decisions that we make in this upcoming election year so choose well representatives of Jesus.  Our children and the generations to come need us to make wise decisions based on the facts that we take time to discover. Don't go into this election blinded. Ask God to help you discern well. Ask Him to intervene and turn hearts back to himself. Ask Him for a miracle. Until this happens we will continue to have more of what we are experiencing in our world today. The less we see of God in people, the more evil will prevail. 

In Christ by grace,
Pam

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