In the following, I am imagining a conversation between our representative of the American voter, whom I will name John Q. Public, and Jesus, a guest in his home.
It should be noted that John Q. is seriously uninformed about what the Bible has to say, and therefore does not know what Jesus' opinion will be. I am afraid that this is quite obviously an accurate assessment of a large proportion of professing Christians in the United States of America, if one may judge from their voting record!
John Q. and Jesus are seated in the living room of John Q.'s home, and John Q. opens the conversation.
"Jesus, I have been wanting to ask your opinion about some things that seem to be matters of contention among the voters of our country. Maybe it would be best to start by asking the question, 'Does it matter to you how we vote in our elections?'"
"Yes, we are concerned that many voters do not seem to consider the moral values of the candidates for whom they choose to vote. It seems that this should be the most important basis upon which to choose! But what, specifically, do you wish to ask about?"
"Well, let's start with a woman's right to choose. What is your opinion about that?"
"Choice sounds good! The Father has extended the human race the right to choose whether they will do what is right or what is wrong, with the understanding, of course, that they will have to accept the consequences of those choices. But there is a more specific question here, isn't there?"
"Yes. 'A woman's choice' generally has to do with abortion."
"Do those who advocate this believe that a woman has a right to kill her baby?"
"They don't put it that way. They say that it isn't a 'baby' until it is born."
"Then what do they say it is?"
"Well, some have said that it is just a blob of protoplasm."
"Does the Bible have anything to say about this?"
"I don't know."
"It might be well," Jesus begins, "to note several things. You have no doubt read that when my physical body was still in Mary's womb, and John the Baptist still in Elizabeth's womb, when Elizabeth and Mary met, the baby leaped in Elizabeth's womb. You see, even then, John recognized me, and rejoiced!
"Furthermore, God's recognition of the individual at conception is mentioned in two places in the Old Testament. One is David's testimony in Psalm 139:13-16: 'For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance , yet being unperfect; and all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.'
"Another place is Jeremiah 1:5, where Jeremiah is told, 'Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations'. Don't you think this would settle the question, if you believe the Bible?"
"Here is something else that is worthy of note, but it may shock you!. During the time that Israel was straying away from God and taking up with idols, they were introduced to the worship of the pagan god Molech. The representation of Molech was a hollow image, in which a fire was built. It had an opening through which sacrifices were made at the time Molech was to be appeased or entreated. The sacrifices were human - in fact the sons and daughters of the worshipers! As depraved as that may appear to many, and as abhorrent as it was to The Father, a case could be made that today's slaughter of innocents may be a parallel. The name has been changed. Today's Molech is called "convenience"! 'If this child is inconvenient, do away with him! After all, it is legal, and since it is a matter of choice for his mother, it must be moral!'
"How can one who says he is my follower possibly agree with such a philosophy?"
"John, what other issues might one call into question?"
"There is the issue of what is called the 'gay' lifestyle."
"By 'gay' they mean 'homosexual'?"
"Yes. That's true."
"It seems strange that the homosexual lifestyle should be called gay! However, be that as it may, take note that the Israelites were told that a man lying with a man was an abomination, and that those found guilty of this were to be put to death. (Lev. 20:13) Moreover, this was the sin for which Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. And the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write about this in Romans 1:26 & 27. These rules have never been rescinded, as far as God is concerned, no matter what men may say.
"Here again I ask, 'Can my followers possibly support or encourage those who engage in this sin?'"
"I suppose not!"
"You have judged correctly! What is the next issue?"
"Well, there are those who claim that a Christian's testimony should be a private thing, and that there is no place for it in the public arena. This has brought about laws which prohibit Bibles or Christian symbols in public schools and other public places."
"This grieves me greatly! My followers here on earth are charged with the responsibility to witness to sinful men and to win them to me so that I may give them eternal life. It is the devil who tries to hinder this purpose. Those who would truly follow me will not support or encourage those who would forbid or seriously hinder my witnesses here on earth!"
"But they say that our constitution places a wall of separation between the church and the state."
"I am familiar with that argument. Can you tell me exactly what the constitution says on this subject?"
"Yes. I have it right here. The exact wording of the clause which has to do with this says, 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion; or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...'. The rest of the amendment has to do with other freedoms."
"John, can you tell me in your own words what that means? I mean the literal meaning of the words you just read."
"Well, it appears to say that congress shall not establish a national religion, and that no laws shall be made which will interfere with the exercise of religion."
"Exactly! Then how has it come to mean that the expression of religion must be curtailed in public places? That seems to be the very opposite of what your constitution says, doesn't it?"
"I don't know how that has come about!"
"It is the work of Satan, and of those who are influenced by him! As my follower, would you side with them?"
"I guess not."
"Is there any other question?"
"One more thing, Lord. In the last few elections, the people seem to have come to the conclusion that if the country is prosperous, it does not matter if the people running for office have good character or not. In fact, the slogan in one election was, 'It's the economy, stupid!', and the country voted accordingly."
"Not the people who understand my word, and wish to follow me. They will remember that I said, 'For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?' That which is right and moral is far more important then the condition of the purse, which is uncertain anyway.
"I know that you are not far from a decision on these issues you have raised, or you would not have raised them. The fact of the matter is, if a person truly wants to be my follower, he will avoid at all costs supporting, voting for, or helping people who ignore moral principles. To help such a person is to take part in his wickedness. John was inspired to write, 'If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.'. (II John 10 and 11)
It will not always be possible to find a candidate who holds completely to Christian principles, but surely a Christian should do his utmost to avoid a party or a candidate who largely ignores them all!"
"Forgive us, Lord!"
If you would like to make copies of the above, I freely give my permission to do so. I would dearly love to give a copy to every professing Christian in the nation!
This devotional was written by my Father Roy Dettwiler.
These devotionals are written by Ralph Dettwiler, and reflect his views.
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