Archive for November, 2012

The Sky is Not Falling — After the 2012 Elections

November 28, 2012

Title: The Sky Is Not Falling – After the 2012 Elections

Text: Isaiah 40:15, Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 25:8-11

Time: November 9th, 2012

 

Well, we’re past the presidential elections of 2012, and unfortunately the result was not as good as historic, biblical Christians had hoped. America re-elected a president who favors the killing of unborn children with abortion and promotes homosexuality including legalizing gay marriage. The president has another four more years to advance his secular agenda for America, and we should continue to see an assault on historic, traditional Christian values. But all is not lost, and, as they say, the sky is not falling. There’s a Christian book that was published a year or two after the president’s first term election in 2008 written by Chuck Colson of Prison Fellowship by the same title, The Sky is not Falling. I haven’t had a chance to read it, but as I understand, its message is simple – don’t be down and discouraged by the negative turn of events in politics; there’s hope because God is still in control. I think that’s the theme we need to revisit now, after the presidential elections of 2012. Sure, the candidate that best matched Christian spiritual beliefs and values lost, but that doesn’t mean all is lost. God is still in control, working things out behind the scenes. We don’t know all the twists and turns of God’s sovereign plan for our own lives, let alone for the life of our nation. But we have God’s promises in the Bible that he will work out “all things together for the good for those who love him and are called according to his purposes,” Romans 8:28. Along with a lot of other Christians here in the United States, I was hoping that we could see a new president elected with a new and fresh vision for the future, a vision that included basic morality and respect for America’s Christian spiritual heritage. I’ve been praying daily for years and years for a great spiritual and moral revival to sweep through our nation and return our people once again to a basic Judeo-Christian faith. I was hoping that perhaps we could get some moral authority and leadership coming from the White House to nudge our country in the direction of revival, but I guess that isn’t God’s plan for the present time. Yes it’s disappointing that things didn’t turn out different, that we didn’t get a more principled president with a more spiritual and moral world view, but it must not have meant to be in the divine plan of God. So how should we find encouragement after suffering another disappointment at the polls in 2012? We need to remember a few things to keep a right perspective. First, we need to remember, like I said before, the sky is not falling. Second, we need to remember that God is still in control of things, of everything. Third, we need to remember to get our own house in order and do our best to live our own Christian lives to the glory of God. We may not be able to control the direction the nation goes, but we can sure determine how our lives will go by following God’s will to the best of our ability. Let’s look at these three things further. (more…)

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American Idol — Politics

November 5, 2012

Title: American Idol — Politics
Text: Matthew 22:21
Time: November 1st, 2012

We are now only days away from the presidential election for 2012, and I have to say that I’m grateful that it will soon be over. Why? Because I’m already pass the point of weariness in hearing political ads and political talk, interviews and discussions. I’m already saturated with political news and campaign rhetoric, and I’m not the only one. And this has been going on almost four years – since the last presidential election! It’s only gotten worse in the last few decades, with the growth of modern communications technology like TV, radio, the Internet and smart phones. It seems as if America is obsessed with politics. It’s on television 24/7, as well as radio and in the newspapers. You can’t get away from it. Reporters are bound and determined to tell you the latest development in the presidential campaign. And if that’s not enough, you’ll run into somebody at work, in the neighborhood or on the street who is all too eager to talk politics with you, or debate this or that point. It isn’t going too far to say that American’s have a new idol – politics. Not that there hasn’t always been political idolatry in our country going back two hundred years, but most recently it’s reached a critical mass where now almost everyone is following politics, and obsessing over it. Now don’t get the wrong impression. I’m not Amish. I don’t favor ignoring our civic duties or not voting or participating in the democratic process. God ordains governments and calls us to have influence in their operation to the best of our ability. So I’m a responsible citizen and will exercise my responsibility at the polls come November 6th to vote for the candidates I feel best represent my Christian values so that society is shaped along the lines of righteousness and justice, not their opposites. But that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about our growing worldly obsession with politics in this country. What about a balanced sense of proportion and perspective? What about keeping politics in its proper place in society rather than letting it become too important, too much of a priority? Jesus teaches us to give to government what is due government, but not to give government what is due God. But I’m afraid we’ve changed that teaching to something like rendering unto government what is due government and also rendering unto government the things due God as well. In other words, we are beginning to give too much time, energy and resources to politics, while we neglect more important spiritual and moral priorities of life – in other words, the things of God. That’s why I feel that politics has become just another American Idol. I’m gradually working my way through America’s top ten idols. I’ve already mention TV in a previous message, so today’s theme is the American idol of politics. I figure before this year’s presidential election would be a good time to talk about this particular form of idolatry. Let me explain. (more…)