Sunday, November 4, 2012

It Is Never Right To Do Wrong To Do God's Will

I am stunned by the number of professing Christians who DON’T VOTE!  What’s wrong with you? 

Not too many years ago, in another presidential election, a Christian friend and fellow church member DIDN’T VOTE.  I was stunned by his laziness and foolish, irrational and irresponsible behavior.  His excuse went something like this:  “I don’t waste my time with politics; God’s in control and there’s nothing we can do about it anyway.” 

Underlying that statement was his belief that God was on a predetermined course of action in this world that He foretold in Scripture.   My friend is looking forward to “the Rapture of the Church” and so by his failure to vote, he believed he was helping God to bring about the evil dictator (antichrist) who will rise to rule the world during seven years of tribulation after which, the Lord will return to take His throne and judge the world. 

We are just a little over one day away from election day and I don’t have time to craft this post so that it can be palatable.  So I am going to make a few statements here that may be hard to swallow and you may get angry with me but they need to be said. 

Sometimes it is WRONG to try to help God accomplish His will.  He expects you to do right even if His will seems to be in contradistinction to your actions.   I know that seems paradoxical but God’s ways are not our ways and He does what He pleases for His glory.  And He doesn’t need our help; if He did, He would not be omnipotent and He would be obligated to share His glory with us.  That’s not going to happen.

Is it right to do wrong in order to do God’s will?  NO!  God will accomplish His purposes; we must do right and you will NOT get a free pass for neglecting to do right, even if God is doing something else.   When God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for the sins of the world, it was His will and His plan for good.  Yet it would be foolishness to suggest that those who actually beat Him, and nailed Him to the cross were doing right.

In this election we Christians have a duty to do right at the polls.  Our choices should be determined by our biblical values.  In our representative republic, our leaders are selected, and appointed by us as our agents.  Look, I don’t know how to say this any clearer; if you vote for an ungodly leader who does immoral things, YOU ARE GUILTY OF HIS SINS.  He is your agent.  You engaged him and empowered him.  When your representatives legalize baby killing, YOU legalized baby killing.  When your representatives destroy the institution of marriage between one man and one woman, YOU support queer marriage.  You cannot remain innocent of the wrongdoing of your representatives any more than if you hired a hit man to kill your neighbor and then plead not guilty to murder because you didn’t pull the trigger.  That’s absurd.  God will not be mocked.  He will bring judgment on those leaders who abuse power but don't be surprised when He brings judgment on those who empower and enable them.

And by the way, you don’t get a pass for sitting it out either.  By most analyses, if most professing Christians actually voted, we would elect conservative candidates.  So it follows that, since far too many Christians don't vote, we are getting the leadership we deserve.  Christians are to be salt and light in this present world.  If your light is out or if you salt has lost its flavor, you are kinda worthless.

Get up off your backside and go VOTE RIGHT. 

3 comments:

Ron Livesay said...

Ralph: I am linking to this article in a post of my own. You make some very good and valid points.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Too many Christians are saying that they can't vote for a Mormon because he is a "tool of Satan," or a "High priest of a pagan cult," etc. So they will either not vote or vote for a 3rd party, thereby tossing out their vote from actual effectiveness.

The problem with this thinking is that they don't get it that they aren't voting for a pastor or other church leader, rather they are deciding who to employ who will be the best leader of the nation. We are never told we can hire only Christians to serve us.

Pumice said...

Ditto.

Ditto.

Ditto.

Grace and peace.