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It’s That Time Again—Part 2

In Monday’s blog post, I discussed how important it is for Christians to vote according to biblical principles. It’s surprising to me how many Christians waive their right to vote.

It seems that there are two main reasons Christians refrain from voting. One is that they don’t like their options, which I talked about in part 1. Another reason is that some believe that God, in His sovereignty, will place in office whomever He wants, so there’s no point in voting. They believe that God always exerts His sovereignty when it comes to matters of the nations, and His will is automatically carried out in this arena.

In “Christians and Politics,” Andrew teaches that while God does ordain systems of rule for nations, the church, and even families, we can’t assume that all who end up in positions of authority will always govern in those positions according to God’s will.

Andrew explains how any governmental system is better than orderless anarchy, which was evident after the fall of Communism. God is a God of order, and He establishes an order of authority—positions of power—throughout any type of government. But He doesn’t dictate who will fill those positions. As Andrew points out, God “doesn’t control us like pawns.”

If God did control us, everyone would be saved. Second Peter 3:9 tells us that it is God’s will for all to be saved: “The Lord is…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Although this is His will, we know that many die unsaved. We can see numerous examples of this throughout Scripture and in the world around us, proving that God’s will does not always come to pass.

Jesus taught us to pray like this: “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. [10] Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:9-10, New King James Version). If Jesus instructed us to pray for God’s will to be done on earth, we can assume that it doesn’t
automatically happen.

When it comes to politics, it’s imperative that we not only pray for God’s will to be done but also take action by casting our votes. There are principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph. 6:12) that desire to take our nation further and further away from righteousness. The body of Christ must resist their influence through prayer and action.

Andrew explains in “Christians and Politics” that “God is involved in the process to the degree that we yield to Him. God won’t ordain something that is completely opposed to His will.” For example, Adolf Hitler and Idi Amin were evil dictators, responsible for killing thousands upon thousands of people. God ordained the positions of office that they held, but it was not His will for them to rise to power and commit the atrocities against mankind that they did.

God still has a perfect plan for this great nation that He founded upon the principles of His Word, and “the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” (Rom. 11:29). He’s not done with America! But He needs His people to cooperate and agree with His will. We do that by praying and
then voting.

We also have to remember that whatever happens in this next election, God—not our elected officials—is our provider. As Andrew states, “God is our source…to change our nation.” Regardless of who’s in office, we can trust in God’s faithfulness to take care of us.

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It’s That Time Again—Part 1

Here we go again. It happens every four years. I’m not talking about the Olympics but about the long, drawn-out season of bloated speeches, empty promises, and mud-slinging television ads. That’s right. It’s election season!

Many Christians aren’t excited about their choices for president this year. I know that many have also decided to “sit this one out” and not vote, because they don’t like the candidates.

I can understand that! But as American Christ-followers, we don’t just have a right and privilege to vote; we have a responsibility to do so. Too many Christians waive that right when election time rolls around. And it’s making a big difference in our country—a difference in the wrong direction.

During the election of 2012, several Christians I knew said that they wouldn’t vote because although they didn’t like President Obama’s policies, they couldn’t support Mitt Romney because he wasn’t an Evangelical Christian. Maybe this describes you. If so, you’re probably finding yourself in a similar situation now. So, what should you do?

First, realize that your “non-vote” is still a vote. Someone’s going to win, so you may as well have a say in it. Second, it’s important to understand how to properly—and realistically—evaluate a candidate. Many Christians are looking, hoping, and waiting for the perfect candidate. Unfortunately, we live in a fallen world, and all of our candidates will reflect that.

In his teaching “Christians and Politics,” Andrew discusses evaluating candidates based on how their values align with biblical values. As Andrew points out, there is a clear difference in our two major political parties in terms of which one aligns more closely with God’s Word, particularly on the issues of abortion and homosexuality (see Lev. 20:13, Ps. 139:13-16, Prov. 6:16-17, and 1 Cor. 6:9-10). Of course, some candidates and elected officials may not agree with all points of their party’s platform, but generally, the vast majority do. Learn more about the platforms by visiting the party websites: and

Some may say, “There’s more to consider than just these social issues.” Yes, there are other concerns. But what’s most important to God—issues of morality and righteousness, or issues such as taxes and the economy? If, as a country, we align the former with Scripture, the rest will follow: “Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Ps. 33:12, Amplified Bible). If we make God our Lord, the Word promises blessings to us. One way to show that God is our Lord is to vote, to the best of our ability, for those who promote God’s priorities.

In “Christians and Politics,” Andrew quotes the old adage, “If America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” Andrew adds that “the problem with our nation is a lack of morality.” For the sake of America’s future, we must learn from God’s Word what’s important to Him and then vote for candidates who hold similar positions and values. Sadly, most politicians fall short of God’s standards, but we still need to choose those who come closest. God’s Word, not our personal interests, must be the final authority when we step into the voting booths.

Be an informed voter. Instead of voting a straight party ticket because “that’s what I’ve always done,” research each individual candidate. And, don’t stop with presidential candidates, but also vote for local representatives. Your city councilman could become a future U.S. president. Also, don’t forget your school board. Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders. What kind of influence do you want their schools and teachers to have? You can decide by voting.

So, don’t sit this one out. Pray. Search God’s Word for direction on how to vote. Then vote for all levels of government and every issue placed before you. Use the power you have to get this country back on track.

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Do Something—Lest You Do Nothing

Saying nothing is saying something.

You may have heard this phrase recently, especially in connection with the desire to see our nation return to its Christian roots. People are crying out for the America of years ago but feel powerless to do anything about it—especially with the increasingly hostile attitude toward Christianity. On a special edition of the Gospel Truth broadcast, Andrew discussed ministry in today’s culture with Bob Yandian and Pastor Duane Sheriff. They addressed controversial topics, tying each issue back to the Word of God.

As these ministers delved into the issue of hate speech, much of the interview hinged on Leviticus 19:17-18—

Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. [18] Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord. 

“If you don’t rebuke your neighbor when they’re wrong,” Andrew said in reference to this passage, “you hate them.” Bob Yandian then addressed the response that some have had about the direction this country is headed: “People are putting the brakes on. They don’t like what they see, [but] they don’t know exactly what to do.” He went on to relay that America is on the verge of revival but that it may happen because of the direction our nation is going. Historically, the church has always grown in size and strength during persecution.

Andrew later mentioned Matthew 5:38-46 as a passage people have used against him to defend Christian passivity in the face of growing immorality. The first two verses say, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: [39] But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also” (Matt. 5:38-39). Andrew commented, “I’ve actually heard these exact words used to justify total passivism, to where there is no such thing as national defense; there is no such thing as standing against abortion, homosexuality, bestiality, polygamy, or anything…. How do you reconcile this?”

“I’d like to jump in on that,” Duane spoke up. “Part of why we’re in the mess we’re in is [because of] confusion over the Word of God.” He brought up how he has taught in the past on the passage in Leviticus. Then he dropped a bombshell: “True hate speech is to not speak up when something is about to destroy [someone]…. Hate speech is silence while they go right off the cliff. It is not hate speech to warn somebody.”

Suffering sin upon your neighbor can take many forms. It could be as simple as disobeying God’s voice. Ways of responding—not suffering sin on your neighbor—could look a lot like becoming a teacher, joining the police force, getting involved in politics, or obeying the call into ministry. Sometimes “speaking up” is what you do rather than what you say.

So, how are you going to respond?

What’s most important in countering ungodliness is following the Spirit of God. Duane mentioned that the problems in this country stem from not understanding the written Word of God. Taking that one step further, people are also confused or fighting against the rhema of God’s Word—what God has spoken to their hearts by the Holy Spirit. Are you ignoring what the Lord has said? How you answer that question can have serious repercussions for not only you but also an entire nation.

Watch Andrew’s full interview here, dig into the Word, and ask God how He wants you to respond. Somebody needs what He put inside of you!

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