How Should Christians Vote?

This is a powerful article by Dr. Larry Ollison, the President of the International Convention of Faith Ministries (ICFM), their website is at www.icfm.org

How Do I Know Who To Vote For?

“We are a product of our choices. The world we are living in today was framed by the decisions we made yesterday and the world we will live in tomorrow is being framed by the decisions we make today. Our decisions in life not only determine our future, but the destiny of generations to come.

Unfortunately, many decisions are made on perceived realities, or perceived fear or emotions. Only decisions that are based on truth and agree with the Word of God will bring future peace and prosperity. When decisions are continuously a result of tradition, prejudice, or emotion, in time they will bring frustration and failure.

In America, we live in a republic that elects its leaders through a democratic process, and these elected leaders determine the laws that we live by. Sadly, many politicians are elected to office because of their personality, race, or influence instead of their qualifications and abilities.

Through the years I’ve heard many people claim to have voted for a particular candidate because they liked the way he or she looked. I once heard of a politician who, after losing a primary election, surveyed voters to find out why they had not voted for him. Many said they liked what he said, but that he was just too short. I would rather have an honest, short leader than a tall, deceptive thief in office. It’s time for Christians to quit playing the personality game and examine the truth.

Some may say the truth is relative and changes with our national culture. That is not true. Truth is a constant solid line that never varies. The truth is not affected by place of birth, color of skin, money, or the constantly changing culture within a nation. Truth is based upon the Word of God. Jesus said that He was the way and the truth (John 14:6) and that only knowing the truth would set us free (John 8:32). Without the truth, there is continual bondage and confusion.

This brings us to the question: how do I know who to vote for? When I’m standing in the voting booth, how will I know beyond any shadow of a doubt that I am voting for the right candidate? Actually, this is the wrong question. The candidate is only the front man for the political party platform. The candidate is groomed and displayed in such a way to be elected. But in reality, the candidate is the showpiece to get your vote so that the platform can be instituted.

What you really should be asking is this. What platform agrees with the truth and upholds biblical principles? And then, you vote for that platform regardless of who the candidate is. If a candidate is unkempt, and has physical attributes that are annoying, or even has a personality that you don’t like, but the platform he is standing on upholds biblical principles, that’s your person. Too often the lure and hype of a well-spoken and well-liked candidate has brought ungodly, devastating laws to our nation.

In our nation we have two major parties. At each presidential election cycle, each party meticulously puts together a party platform stating what they believe and what they will attempt to achieve if their candidate is elected. The choice is yours. Which party platform you will elect?

I am not going to make this choice for you. Actually, I cannot choose for you. However, I am going to give you biblical truth on five current issues.

1. Israel – Israel is special to God. Out of all the earth, He separated Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (whose name was changed to Israel) to be His chosen nation. The law was given through the nation of Israel (Moses). The first family of Christianity came through Israel. The Holy Bible (Old and New Testaments) was written by Israelites.

The ancient prophecy that said Israel would be disbursed and return to their homeland (Deuteronomy 30:3) has miraculously come to pass. The nations of the earth have been instructed in the Bible to bless Israel. If they bless Israel, they will be blessed and if they curse Israel, they will be cursed (Genesis 12:3). The curse that came upon the Canaanites, the Egyptians, the Babylonians, and the Nazis has proven this true. In the past, America has been greatly blessed because we have blessed Israel.

The United States of America was the first country to recognize the return of Israel to its homeland and acknowledge them as a nation on May 15, 1948. As the major supporter of the only democracy in the Middle East (Israel), the United States has been blessed like no other nation in history. The freedom and prosperity is unparalleled. However, for this to continue, we must continue to support Israel as a nation and as a people. Antisemitism is not an option.

When voting, instead of listening to the words of the candidate, read the platform he/she is standing upon. A Christian should never vote for a political platform that denies aid to Israel or to a platform that supports the enemies of Israel (i.e., Iran, Palestinians, etc.).

First and foremost, find the platform that supports Israel, and whoever is standing on that platform is your candidate.

2. Abortion – According to the Bible, life begins at conception. God told Jeremiah that while he was yet in his mother’s womb that He knew him (Jeremiah 1:5). John the Baptist leaped for joy while in his mother’s womb (Luke 1:44). It is a medical fact that unborn children have brain activity and feel pain. God takes it very seriously when any culture kills their children.

The heathens in the Bible were condemned because they slaughtered their babies. In the United States of America over 50 million children have been murdered while in their mother’s womb since Roe v. Wade in 1973. Some may say, “But it wasn’t against the law.” While it is true that it was not against the law of our nation during this time to slaughter these 50 million babies, it was against the law of God.

We must always remember that just because something is legal does not make it right. It was perfectly legal by the law of the land for Hitler to kill six million Jews during World War II. Just because it was legal and not against any law of the land did not make it morally right or biblically right.

With this in mind, a Christian must choose a party platform that does not accept abortion as a fundamental practice of life, but instead is against it. So choose a platform, regardless of the candidate, that is pro-life.

3. Marriage – In the beginning God created male and female. There are only two sexual categories. For the 6,000 years of recorded history, it has never been a problem determining whether a baby was a male or a female.

Recently, a famous actress in Hollywood had a baby and the reporter asked her if it was a boy or a girl. Her response was shocking and somewhat puzzling. She said, “We’ve decided to wait and let the child make the decision themselves.” It’s amazing, but the reporter kept a straight face and continued with the interview. It’s tempting to feel like Taylor in the movie, Planet of the Apes and scream out, “The world has gone mad!” To a degree, it has. But as Christians, Hollywood is not the source of truth. Again, the Word of God is truth.

When Jesus was approached by the Pharisees who were trying to trick Him into making a statement against the law so they would have evidence to discredit Him, they asked Him a question about divorce. However, in His answer, He made a powerful statement in Mark 10:6. He said, “But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.'”

While Christians must love and not condemn, we still have an obligation to speak the truth and to stand on the side of truth. We must never exchange the truth for a lie in this matter (Romans 1:25). So as a Christian voter, find a platform that believes that marriage is between male and female. Sexual anarchy is not God’s plan for mankind. Not knowing if you are tall or short, black or white, male or female is a mental issue and not a political issue.

4. Immigration – When my children were living at home, at night I would always lock the doors. It was not for the purpose of locking my family in, but it was for the purpose of keeping others from coming in. It was just common sense.

With terrorism on the rise and groups like ISIS reigning terror in every nation, it’s only common sense to somehow restrict the flow of people who are not in the family from coming in our national house. If they apply properly, we will adopt them and they will be part of the family with all the rights and privileges of those born in the house. But it is always questionable when someone is trying to break and enter without permission.

Our nation is no different than your home, only on a larger scale. Our nation has boundaries and laws that govern us, and we must obey and enforce the laws. We are a nation of immigrants. My ancestors were Swedish. In my circle of friends, almost every nationality in the world is represented. You must not endorse a party that is against immigration, but you should endorse a party platform that is for legal immigration.

Our nation is a nation of laws and without obedience to the law, there is chaos and confusion (Romans 13:1-7). While protests should always be allowed, we must never allow the protests to become violent and injure life and property of others who are not protesting. Citizenship is a privilege of those born in our nation and to those who earn the right of citizenship. As Christians, we should support a platform that not only protects its citizens, but upholds the current immigration laws.

5. The Supreme Court – Our nation’s government is divided into three branches that are equal in power. They are the executive (President), legislative (Congress), and judicial (Supreme Court). The Supreme Court makes decisions about the laws of the land that stand for generations. Fifty million murdered children in the United States are the result of a Supreme Court decision.

The President is the one who appoints the Supreme Court justices. Within the next presidential term, it appears that there will be several new appointments for those who retire or become unable to perform their duties due to age.

At the current time, there is a delicate balance of power between liberals and conservatives and the new president will be able to dramatically lean the Supreme Court toward the liberal or conservative agenda. Regardless of who is president, they will be forced by their party to select Supreme Court candidates who agree with the party platform.

Once again, we must understand how extremely important it is to not vote for a president or any candidate based upon their personality or popularity, but we must vote for the platform that holds biblical and moral values that will once again bring our nation to a place of greatness.

So when you step into the voting booth, you are responsible for your vote. You will not be judged personally on the outcome, but you will be responsible for your individual vote.

The first democratic decision in the Bible was when Moses sent out twelve spies into the Promised Land. Ten came back with a negative report and said that the Israelites could not go in because the enemy was too great. Two of the spies (Joshua and Caleb) voted to go in and take the land because that is what God had commanded. The majority won and the Hebrews wandered in the wilderness for forty years. When the forty years ended, the ten spies who voted wrongly were dead, but the two who voted on the side of truth (even though they lost the election) moved into the Promised Land.

Likewise, you must vote for truth and in doing so, you will be blessed regardless of the outcome. Above all, remember this. Don’t vote for the personality. Vote for the platform.

Republican Platform: https://gop.com/platform/
Democratic Platform: https://www.demconvention.com/platform/

Dr. Larry Ollison

A Word for the Wise

This is a post from the Family Research Council web site:

“President Obama may not think America is a Christian nation — but the majority of people want it to be. According to the Barna Group’s annual ‘State of the Bible’ report, most Americans think the country would be better off if they read and applied God’s word to daily life. And that includes politicians. More than half of Americans think our elected officials would be ‘more effective’ if they read Scripture every day. In an election cycle when we’ve witnessed some of the worst personal attacks of any campaigns, it would certainly add some civility to the race. Despite the significant cultural shift in the country, 80 percent still see the Bible as sacred literature — which, the majority believes, has too little influence on society.

‘From the Ten Commandments to the Golden Rule, the Bible certainly contains principles for political discourse — even for the non-Christian,’ said a Barna spokeswoman. ‘And for Americans, who are steeped in both a historical and present Christian cultural influence, the Bible remains an important moral document, not just a religious one.’ So if a majority of Americans think the Bible and its teachings would have a positive influence on our public life, why have we allowed a vocal minority to purge it from public life? If our country truly is ‘of the people, by the people, and for the people’ isn’t it time to do something about that? Stand up for what you believe in! As an American, it’s your right — and as a Christian, it’s your responsibility.”

Anti-Christian Activity Grows – ACLJ Newsletter

I got this today from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

“Bill,

Universities are engaging in anti-Christian discrimination at an alarming rate.

One state college rejected a Christian student, saying the medical ‘field is not the place for religion.’

In fact, when we took the case, the school doubled down saying the student’s reliance on ‘God’ and ‘religious beliefs’ for wanting to serve others is not a ‘concrete reason.’

In another of our cases, a college student was denied admission because he ‘brought up religion.’

This isn’t just outrageous; it’s blatantly unconstitutional.

Right now we’re in federal court in both cases. But disturbingly anti-Christian discrimination is growing nationwide.

One university student was expelled for her faith, another was told to defile the name of Jesus, and another was failed for refusing to agree that Christianity is false.

We’re in court defending the rights of Christian students, but we need to send a message to the universities.

Illegal anti-Christian discrimination must end. These students need your voice.

Sign Our New Petition: Stop Anti-Christian Discrimination.
Jay Sekulow
ACLJ Chief Counsel

My Determined Stand of Faith!

I posted this on Facebook, and was encouraged by the support I got:

“I am about to say something so controversial, so forbidden by society at large, it may shock many. I can’t say that I am sorry, because I am not… I have had people tell me I should not say this lest it impact my career, my friendships, in fact, everything. If you are as bold, and brazen, as I am, then be prepared to face persecution. But, here goes… are you ready?

I believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired Word of God. It says what it means, and means what it says. My personal thoughts, opinions, and feelings mean NOTHING compared to the infallible Word of God. I read it, believe it, and live it. I allow God’s Word to inform my thinking, my beliefs, and my opinions.
There, I have said it. Deal with it!”

We will be persecuted due to our stand of God’s Word. But, so be it! God’s unchanging Word is true!

A Sad Day for America

The Supreme Court just ruled that un-Biblical marriage is the “law” of the land. The BIBLE states that marriage is between one man and one woman. The Supreme Court now disagrees with THE BIBLE. Guess what I believe? I believe the Bible. I don’t care one whit what the Supreme Court has said. I will always believe and profess the Bible.

It is a sad day for America… I weep for my country.

The Bible Isn’t Part of Christian Belief? What?!

I am a supporter of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and Jay Sekulow sent this email out recently:

“Bill,

It’s a case that could devastate religious freedom in the military.

A Marine was ordered to remove a Bible verse from her desk because her commanding officer “didn’t like their tone.”

The officer forcibly removed the verse, cursed at the Bible (with profanity I won’t repeat), and had her court martialed.

The verse? “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” (Isaiah 54:17)

Unbelievably, a military court held that this verse was based on “subjective beliefs” and not “part of a religious belief system.”

That’s right; the Bible isn’t part of being a Christian.

This is intolerable. If it stands, this ruling could eviscerate religious freedom in the military.

We’re aggressively fighting back. In just days, we’re planning to file a critical brief representing key Members of Congress to reverse this ruling.

Will you defend the religious freedom of those who defend our liberty?

Sign Our Urgent Brief: The Bible Isn’t a Military Crime.

Jay Sekulow
ACLJ Chief Counsel”

God Knows What True Marriage Is

God’s Word declares that marriage is between a man an a woman. Jesus, Himself, said:

Mark 10:6-9 – “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

But, to the world, it does not matter what God says, or what His Word says, it is all about what the Supreme Court says. I submit to you that no matter what the Supreme Court of the United States says, it will not matter one whit to God. He will have the “last word.”

So, folks, keep in mind, that whatever the court says this month… Christian Marriage, Bible-based Marriage, WILL NOT change. True marriage before God is between one man and one woman. That is what is recognized by God. That is what is recognized by a true, Bible believing church.

It doesn’t matter what man may say.

Send Obama a Message!

This Charisma Magazine article offers some hope that we can send a message that Christians aren’t “less-than-loving,” or “extremists.”

One Way to Stop Obama’s Attacks on Christianity

“At an Easter Prayer Breakfast, President Obama attacked Christians.

He called Christians ‘less-than-loving.’

He did it surrounding the day Christians celebrate the ultimate gift of love—the day Christ died because He loved us.

It’s offensive and uncalled for.

But this isn’t the first time he’s insulted Christians.

At the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this year, he demanded Christians get off their ‘high horse’ about Christian persecution. And his Administration has labeled Christians in the military as ‘extremists.’

We’re fighting back—defending Christians—demanding President Obama apologize.

Add your name to our open letter:

Mr. President, Christians aren’t ‘extremists.’ We aren’t unloving. We’re not on a ‘high horse’ about persecution. Every day Christians die for their faith. They sacrifice their lives for others. Your comments were wrong and hurtful. Stop maligning the Christian faith.

Click here to sign the letter.”

So-Called Christian Leaders Embrace Gay Lifestyle

The Bible is plain on a homosexual lifestyle. It is sin. God calls it an abomination. But a recent article about a “Christian author” that appeared on Oprah, said of the homosexual lifestyle: “I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles and co-workers and neighbors and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone.”

Excuse me? What you call “irrelevant letters from 2,000 years ago,” I call the HOLY BIBLE! If you don’t believe in God, or His Word, and the truth that is contained therein… then, yes, believe anything that you want… but PLEASE don’t call yourself a “Christian.” Maybe an author, but NOT a “Christian author!”

Believing the Bible is what believers (Christians) do! Speaking of which, here’s what one of those 2,000 year old letters (from Paul) says:

Rom 1:22 – 32 – “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

Liberals Ignore the Word, Promote Premarital Sex

An article from the Family Research Council:

Let’s Cut to the Chaste!

It wasn’t enough for liberals to demand free birth control for adults. Now, the Left is gearing up for an even bigger sales pitch — for young girls. America’s daughters are the next stop on Congress’s high-speed train of sexual irresponsibility, thanks to a new study from the Washington University School of Medicine. Researchers there insist that if teenage girls had access to free birth control implants like IUDs and hormones, the pregnancy rate would nosedive.

‘When costs are removed, young people and families will use these effective methods,’ said Dr. Mary Ott of Indiana University. Like the American Academy of Pediatrics, which just threw its support behind these more invasive kinds of contraception for kids, Ott is part of a growing movement of doctors determined to remove the barriers to early sexual activity. While researchers cheered the lower birth rates they saw from the free implants (35 out of 1,000 compared to the national average of 158 per 1,000), they were suspiciously mum on the rate of sexually transmitted diseases.

No wonder. IUDs and other contraception might protect against pregnancy, but they have absolutely no effect on deadly infections. And based on the CDC’s own research, young people (ages 15-24) are disproportionally affected — ‘accounting for half of all new STIs,’ even though they only represent 25 percent of the sexually experienced population. In other words, these implants might stop kids from having a baby, but they could mean that we parents lose ours! Instead of focusing on risk reduction, it’s time to focus on risk avoidance. IUDs, injectionable contraceptives, and implants don’t protect against death and disease. They also don’t protect against the higher risk of depression and the emotional toll associated with premarital sex.

Somewhere along the way, it became okay to set the bar lower on purity. Unlike any other risky behavior, adults began operating from a position of lower expectations — as if teenagers were wild animals, incapable of exercising any self-control. It became assumed, not discouraged, that children would have sex. And as a result, we have an entire area of teen education that doesn’t curb the risks — but accelerates them. Think about the other behaviors that can devastate a young person’s life. We don’t tell kids to drink less. We tell them not to drink, period. The same with smoking. We don’t hand them filters because we assume they’re going to light up anyway. We teach them not to.

For whatever reason, we’ve become a society that’s afraid to challenge the idea that kids have to have sex before marriage. We refuse to believe that anyone has the self-respect to wait for their spouse — when in reality, there’s a whole generation of kids out there who want to be abstinent. They just aren’t being challenged to do what may be more difficult and counter-cultural.

Too many moms and dads think their kids aren’t listening to what they say about abstinence. Think again. Parents are the single biggest influence on their children’s decisions about sex — topping Hollywood, celebrities, and even their friends. The culture is committed to marketing promiscuity and immodesty at every turn. As parents, we have to be just as committed to helping our teenagers fight those temptations. It’s time to put our trust in kids to do the right thing. Otherwise, they’ll continue meeting the low standards we set for them.”

Merrium Webster Definition of “fornication”:

“consensual sexual intercourse between two persons not married to each other”

1 Corinthians 6:18 “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”

Is it impossible for someone not to have intercourse before marriage? I know from personal experience… I didn’t. I was caste. It can be done.