by Loretta Baughan
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
Is it possible to get through to Christians who are disengaged from politics, uninformed and choose to ignore the fact our nation is racing full throttle on the highway to hell? I’m talking about good, well-meaning people, but ones who are infected with a misguided belief Christians don’t need to concern themselves over politics because “God’s in control”.
Of course, He watches over us and He’s there if we call on Him, but remember, man was created with free will, so human history is not predetermined. In the Garden of Eden, we saw how Adam and Eve’s exercise of their free will sent human history swerving down a path God never intended.
Mankind’s future is still in our hands today. So God expects us to hold up our end of the bargain and use our free will wisely by taking personal responsibility, educating ourselves with the truth and making informed decisions.
I was recently surprised to discover some Christians actually believe God put Obama into office, so anyone who questions or criticizes his actions is guilty of “blatant disrespect” and the sin of “being judgmental”.
Yeah? So then, following that logic, God must have had something to do with putting into positions of authority the likes of: Mao Tse Tung, Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler and Ivan the Terrible, along with the other evil mass-murderer dictators throughout history? No way!
Brothers and sisters in Christ, take off those rose-colored glasses, flip to Exodus 20:13 and read out loud: “You shall not murder.” (NIV)
Just as God had nothing to do with putting wicked tyrants into power, he had no part in placing a man into public office known to be the most ardent, pro-abortion President, ever, and whose actions as an Illinois state senator enabled doctors and nurses to legally commit the heinous crime of infanticide. Surely you’ve heard of brutal, excruciatingly painful ‘“late term’“ or “partial birth” and “born alive’“ abortions? Maybe not.
In late term or partial birth abortions, the living baby is stabbed in the skull and his brains are siphoned out. A born alive abortion means the baby survived the attempt to kill him in the womb and would live. That is, except for being either deliberately neglected and left to die or killed in cold blood by medical personnel.
Christians, pull your heads out of the sand and open your eyes. This isn’t a “choice”, it’s the murder of innocents.
To close our eyes, especially to ugly truths, is not Godly.
There’s a difference between God’s job of judging a person’s heart and ours to judge a candidate’s political actions. We aren’t determining the person’s eternal fate, but to the contrary, only whether or not they are fit to sit in a position of power and lead our nation. Matthew 7:1-5, in context, permits judging, after we have first judged ourselves and are right with God.
Did you get that? First, we must judge ourselves and get right with God.
As Paul writes (I Corinthians 6:2-3 NIV): “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!”
Yes! God expects us to use good judgement. In order to exercise good judgement, one must judge. Look past the window dressing, the sound bites, the slick ads … and become a truth seeker. Don’t be afraid to hold those in positions of power accountable. If we fail to do so, we will be judged accordingly.
A wise man once said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” As Christians, it is our duty and moral responsibility to wake-up, exercise our good judgement and cast an informed vote.