Last week my young pastor announced that voting for a pro-choice candidate was wrong. (His dad suggested that one such candidate may have some redeeming values though). News flash: voting for any candidate in this election is probably wrong. I happen to think that the monetary corruption of the political system is destroying both parties and repelling the independent voters. But most candidates refuse to reject the money that compromises their integrity. One who does is rejected both for his abortion stand and his liberal ideas.
My own career of 30 years involved both hard work and hard times. I have nothing to show for my career and no reason to accept being called lazy. My wife died of a tumor when we were caught with no employer insurance. I will stand with the workers who expect more from industry. Since the bible doesn’t really offer a “holy” form of government I don’t see any reason to assume that this one is perfect. We have been making changes to it for over 200 years so a few more may help.
Now about the murder of unborn babies. We have laws against murder because it is dangerous to everyone. And we also have the death penalty, which some feel is also murder. But we have the humane legal system to prevent lynch mobs from hanging the innocent. Of course Hillary Clinton was recently confronted by an innocent man who was on death row for over 30 years. So death penalty advocates also support murder. But we can outlaw abortion and drive them into back alley clinics with worse results for both the mothers and their terminated offspring. Fornication is the problem and the world has embraced that in spite of the consequences. They are exercising their God given free will.
Now laws put people (guilty or innocent) in prison or on death row, which removes them from endangering society. It is not a good deterrent though. God gave us his own perfect law only because we had to learn that we are unable to obey. Flesh leads us to the condemnation of the perfect law. So flesh is not going to serve imperfect man made laws either. We can vote against a pro choice candidate to clear our conscience even as we know that the vote will accomplish nothing.
The Republican party has pandered to Christians to assure their investors a victory. Now we can see the mask of Christianity being torn from a third of the party. Now I will admit that there are some Christians supporting Donald Trump. Even the bible indicates that the elect can be deceived. That’s a shame because Trump’s words indicate that he is not one of them. His church ordains gay ministers. He doesn’t need to be forgiven because he has never asked for it. He is still living for the dark side.
The surviving Republican candidate is also engaged to the dark money that keeps getting the party caught in corporate corruption revelations. A slick Harvard lawyer has alienated much of the Republican party with his own radical ideas. Closing the IRS will have to be replaced by a new agency to do the same thing. That sounds like a simple revenge plot that will cost taxpayers more in the long run. Simplified taxes? The last time that term came up it became simpler for the IRS to take more taxes from us. Giving away federal land? Generations of presidents have built a legacy of conservation and recreation lands for all of us. I think the big corporations and mining interests are the only real motivation for this idea. I am not alone. Republicans, independents, and Democrats may all find this plan unacceptable.
So to impose restrictions on other people’s morals the Republican Party and evangelicals are willing to compromise their own morality with corporate prostitution of their candidates. The product falsely associates Christianity with oppression of foreigners, workers, prohibition morality, and now violence. Our commission is to bring souls into the Kingdom of God, not to become repulsive to everyone by vulgar hypocrisy. Whoever wins the nomination offers little hope of appealing to the left and center voters. We hope they don’t awaken a dark force; the amoral majority.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:24
We haven’t seen any signs and wonders from false prophets since Pharaoh’s magicians. But I believe we are seeing real Christians becoming deceived. The elect were called by God, forgiven, redeemed, and allowed to retain their free will. That free will can allow them to make bad decisions that constitute actual rebellion and death. But even that will be good news for someone. We live in a time when we may witness the great events of prophesy. (and indoor plumbing too…it’s great to flush when the world is full of it!)
And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. Zechariah 12:9-11
A sad day for the Jews? Was it a sad day when the sons of Jacob found the brother they thought was dead? Joseph was forgiving, full of grace, and merciful to his family. His father welcomed him with joy. this is a type of the return of another son who is thought to be dead. Yeshua Ha Meschia will forgive and welcome his brethren into the fellowship of the Kingdom of God.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive: But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth. And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. Zechariah 13:4-6
We have no shortage of prophets today but only a few of them really seem to hear from God. this ancient prophet points at Messiah as being wounded by his friends. I am no prophet but we see many cults doing damage to the message of Jesus. Some of these cults seem to have a good name even as they use the bible or a bible of their own. In the last election we embraced a candidate who belonged to a cult of the magic underwear. Branches of that tree are polygamists and pedophiles as well. These have a place in prophesy.
And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? Romans 11:17-24
We will be surprised to see who is cut off, and more so for who will be grafted in. I believe that when Jesus testified to the lost souls of the Old Testament many unexpected persons may have accepted him as Messiah. Who saw more miracles than Ahab? Could Haman miss the irony of his hanging…on his own gallows? Solomon ignored his own wisdom to plunge Israel into judgment, but he did summarize wisdom as obedience to God in the end. What are the chances for a Jew who is not captured by false religion and points to the golden rule? And how many will ignore the final revelation of Solomon and follow the wisdom of the world to the brush fire?
Well most of us will throw our votes away on lost causes. And we will groan under the yoke of tyranny that we could have avoided. Perhaps we will rise above tyranny as Joseph and Daniel did. We will give to the evil empire as Jesus told us to do. And the empire will murder young and old as the Romans did in Crucifixion. Those aborted will beat us to heaven and those who abort them will beat us to hell. I hope our brethren will learn to love the sinners instead of trying to beat the hell out of them.
The elect are being deceived by amateurs today. The real false prophets and anti-Christ are yet to come but already some are falling away. Some will cling to a man made document instead of the word of God. Some will reject all logic and all sound doctrine altogether. But this election offers one thing to all who participate: the need to repent on a daily basis.
5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?