Published November 1, 2016

Paul's Epistle

Tony Nassif, the author of "Jesus, Politics and the Church," is the founder and president of the Cedars Cultural and Educational Foundation whose mission is to educate people of the mandate to fulfill their civic responsibilities from a biblical world view and to bridge cultural barriers. A timely message from him follows, provided through Christian Newswire. And although it was originally written several years ago, it is more pertinent than ever.

- Paul

"Voting: What Does God Think?"
by Tony Nassif

In God's eyes every Christian votes in every election! We vote by ballot or by silence. Silence gives weight to those in opposition to God's moral absolutes.

Accountability for Being Silent

In Matthew chapter 25 the Master gave the servants money to invest. One servant buried it thinking he did well. The Master called him "lazy" and "wicked." He took the money and expelled the servant into "outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth." God will call us to account for what we did with what we had. We will be accountable for our vote [or lack thereof].

Who We Vote for is An Extension of Ourselves

American morality is disintegrating politically, socially and economically. Values of biblical moral reason which built America are opposed by values rejected by God, e.g. abortion, homosexuality, lying, corruption, etc. Our vote and any political and financial support of particular candidates binds us to them, their policies and the consequences that follow. "If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds" (2 John 10,11).

The Spiritual Dynamic of Our Vote

The vote is our expression of "greeting." Knowing that God is victimized by abortion (Jeremiah 1:5 and Matthew 25) and He calls homosexuality an abomination (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13) what would He think (and do) if we vote for those supporting those things? There are many issues about which we can honestly disagree but God mandates we support those moral positions. We are required by God to take our biblical values into the polling booth.

Separation Between Church and State?

Thomas Jefferson assured pastors that the church would be protected from government intrusion, not government separation from biblical morality. "...We therefore, the representatives of the United Colonies submit the rectitude of our intentions to the Supreme Judge of the world." The Founding Fathers wrote that in the Declaration of Independence. The Founding Fathers submitted themselves to the "Supreme Judge of the world."  We do well to follow their example.

If you missed it, please see my recent column called "Choices" for information specifically relevant to this election.

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