Sunday, November 8, 2020

Christian Politics – Part 13: Conclusion

 

Christian Politics –

Part 13: Conclusion

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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SERMON INTRODUCTION

 

Over the last few weeks, we have discussed the following issues and shown where the bible stands.

Ø  Jesus, if a U.S. Citizen, would vote in elections to fulfill citizenship duties

Ø  What about the matters of life and death?

o   Healthcare

 

o   Suicide & Euthanasia

 

o   Abortion & Stem Cells

Ø  Crime and punishment

Ø  War, defense, and national security

Ø  Guns and matters of defense

Ø  Immigration and matters of national security

Ø  Marriage

Ø  Education

Ø  Economy

Ø  Green Values

Today we will be looking at the conclusion to the latest sermon series, Christian Politics.

  

SCRIPTURE READING

James 1:22-25

 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”

 

                  I.            Do not just listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

a.      Do not lie to yourself

                                                                         i.      Can you lie to yourself?

                                                                      ii.      1 John 2:4 “Whoever says, “I know him.” But does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.”

 

                                                                   iii.      1 John 1:8 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”

 

                                                                    iv.      1 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 6:3

 

                                                                       v.      Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows”

 

                                                                    vi.      2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? Unless indeed you fail to meet the test!”

 

                                                                 vii.      Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

 

 

b.     Hearing the Word

                                                                         i.      Don’t just hear (or read) the Word of God.

 

                                                                      ii.      If this is all you do in life, you are lying to yourself! Because you are no closer to God than if you never heard. Hearing is just part of the relationship with Christ Jesus.


                                                                   iii.      2 Timothy 3:1-7 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

 

6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires,

 

7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

 

                                                                    iv.      Hearing, and hearing, and reading, and listening, and talking, and talking, but never coming to a knowledge of the truth…Why?

 

c.      Doing the Word

                                                                         i.      Because they never became “doers” of the Word, and thus, deceived themselves into thinking hearing was enough.

ILLUSTRATION:

I have a car that is making funny noises. I know something is wrong with it and it needs repair. So, I search the internet, read the manual, look at different websites for opinions. I talk to my friends who know about cars, I call the repair shop and talked to the master mechanic about the issue. I learn and memorize everything there is to learn about the issue with my car.

I go out to my car and drive it, without doing a single thing about what I learned, and it makes the noise still.

So, I go back to the books, watch some car shows, etc…

Always learning, but never coming to a knowledge of the truth I continue to learn.

Unless I “DO” what I hear, it is of no value to me.

There are those in the Christian community who believe, just because they go to every church service, join every bible study, watch every Christian TV program, listen to Christian radio, talk about what they hear and read day and night with others, they are OK with the Lord.

Scripture says otherwise. Even the devil can quote scripture.

Doing it is where the Word comes to life! Do not merely listen and deceive yourselves, be DOERS of that Word!

  

               II.            Do not look at yourself in the mirror then forget what you look like as soon as you walk away

a.      Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says

                                                                         i.      Notice, Paul says hearing (or reading) the Word is like looking at yourself in the mirror

1.      II Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourself!

 

                                                                      ii.      Reading or hearing the Word causes us to “look at yourselves” or examine ourselves, as if looking in a mirror.

 

b.     Looking at yourself in the mirror

                                                                         i.      Hearing or reading the Word

 

c.      Walking away and forgetting what you look like

                                                                         i.      But if we “forget” what we looked like when examining ourselves as soon as we depart from the mirror (the Word)

 

                                                                      ii.      To what value was the examination? None!

 

 

            III.            Look intently into the perfect law

a.      Intently looking into the perfect law

                                                                         i.      Intently means to examine the perfect law of God carefully, closely, attentively

 

                                                                      ii.      The Word (the perfect law) is perfect for a reason

 

                                                                   iii.      This is why we can “do” what the Word teaches with full confidence, even when we lack full understanding.

 

                                                                    iv.      Voting our faith, measuring all things against the perfect law is like a builder who uses the plumb bob to build a wall and see if it is straight.

 

                                                                      v.      Amos 7:7–8 says, “This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord asked me, ‘What do you see, Amos?’ ‘A plumb line,’ I replied. Then the Lord said, ‘Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.’” When God said He was setting a plumb line among His people, He was declaring an end to their attempts to justify their crooked ways. The Lord was setting the standard. God does not negotiate His laws. He does not change with the whims of culture (Numbers 23:19). God’s moral law is the plumb line against which we determine right and wrong (John 17:17). Just as a carpenter’s plumb line is not subject to the opinions or the frustration of the worker, so God’s moral standards are not subject to the opinions of man. Wise people are those who line up their lives according to God’s plumb line rather than trying to move it to satisfy their own agendas.


 

b.     Not forgetting what you heard, but doing it

                                                                         i.      Those who do not forget what they heard or read, but DO IT, they will be blessed

 

c.      THEY will be blessed in what they do

                                                                         i.      Blessed in “what they do”

 

                                                                      ii.      What are they doing? The Word

 

                                                                   iii.      That is what is blessed, not, “I’m a Christian so everything “I DO” will be blessed.”

1.      Not everything we do as followers is blessed

2.      Especially if we make choices outside God’s Will for us

 

                                                                    iv.      However, ANYTIME we DO the Word of God IT WILL BE BLESSED!

So, in the last 12 weeks we looked at what the Bible says about the “issues” we are told are important in this election. Seeing what scripture says, how would the Lord want us to vote?

Does voting matter? Yes, Jesus would vote if He were a U.S. citizen

About healthcare? 1) God’s healthcare in prayer/healing should be first, 2) God’s miraculous provision through creation (medicine/doctors) should be second, and 3) Government, doctors, insurance companies have NO BUSINESS having control over your life/death/treatments allowed.

Suicide/Euthanasia – Again, government, doctors, insurance companies have NO BUSINESS having control over your life/death/treatments allowed.

Abortion / Stem cell research – The bible makes clear; abortion is murder and shedding of innocent blood. Stem cell research which does not include aborted babies is acceptable.

Crime and punishment – Scripture states punishments must fit the crime, including death penalties for certain crimes, but the punishment MUST be fair and just, equal to the crime.

War and national security – War should ONLY be in defense. We are allowed to defend ourselves, our land and our property. Defenses to prevent war at all costs would include border walls, which is the same as locking your doors at night or having an alarm system, while maintaining a viable and legal way for anyone, of any color, nation, to come into this country and become a U.S. citizen.

The Obama administration DID build the cages on 2014 and put in place the Zero-tolerance acts. It is true, since the Obama administration in 2014, children HAVE been separated from adults and the U.S. searches for their parents, even now. HOWEVER, those children who were separated were mostly brought illegally into this country by non-relatives (child sex traffickers, more than likely), and the reason they have not been reunited with their parents is because no one knows where these children were kidnapped from.

The best defense against cages, and these kidnapped children getting lost in our system is to better defend our borders from illegal entries. (over 500+ kids with no parents at the border right now) There is a perfectly legal way to enter this country, and the legal process would prevent these child traffickers from trying to bring in children to sell to the sex-trade industry.

 

 Marriage – As far as the church is concerned (regardless of denomination) the Bible is clear, male and female monogamous marriage ONLY. For the world? You cannot legislate righteousness, and people are going to do what they want. Psalm 1:1 “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take”

What does this mean? We are responsible for the church, the world is going to do what it will. If asked to vote for what God says is sin to be legal, we vote no. If it passes and sin becomes legal, we don’t picket, attack, fight, push, etc…we are commanded not to stand in the way a sinner takes.

If people want to marry a barbie doll, car or lamp post, so be it. That is between them and God. But if asked if we “agree”, we stand by the Word of God.

Education – Yes for anything that expands and allows non-government or forced schooling of any kind. If people choose to allow their kids to go to public school, fine. But Jesus would never vote for anything that limits a parent’s ability to homeschool instead.

The economy – is important, and how the government is spending our tax dollar is important as well. What we vote to allow our government to do is a reflection of our faith. Always vote your faith, what the Word says.

Green values – to an extent we are stewards and responsible for the planet and its condition. However, there is only so much we can do because scripture tells us the world is decaying, and falling apart, and it will continue to get bad regardless of our best efforts. However, that does not remove the responsibility we have to keep the earth in as good condition as possible.

It’s like a kid saying, why do I have to take a shower, I’m just going to get dirty again.


CONCLUSION – How would Jesus vote on these issues?

  

Bottom line, if we are a follower of Christ (a doer of the Word), we will NOT vote for our wallet, our emotions, our feelings, what we like or don’t like, but what the Word of God says is right and wrong.

 

Followers and doers of the Word will set aside everything they feel and think to be obedient to the Word of God.

 

Adam was given the Word of God “Do not eat of this tree”, however, he allowed his feelings and emotions to dictate his choice, and with every choice comes a consequence.

 

The manner of the consequence is determined by the quality of your choice.

 

Choose wisely!

 

 

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