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Duty is Ours

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Duty is ours; results are God’s.                                                                              John Quincy Adams (1830's)

 

John Quincy Adams was fighting a moral battle as a Congressman following his term as our 6th President.   The hot topic of the day was slavery and he almost single-handedly had gag orders removed that nearly stopped discussion of this issue.  He didn't know if he could win.   He just knew he was obligated to give it his best effort.  In the midst of this battle, as things were looking dim, he was quoted as above.  AS CHRISTIANS, WE NEED TO HAVE THAT SAME ATTITUDE TODAY.  By the way, he won!

As a modern day example, Judge Roy Moore in a relatively small Etowah Co. Court in Alabama, had the Ten Commandments on the wall.  He was considered fairly easy prey to the ACLU, who told him he had to take them down.  He was told multiple times to 'settle' the case and the ACLU wanted him to do that.  He fought it through the Alabama Supreme Court and won.  Even if he had lost, he would have won the appreciation of many Christians.   In June 2000, he was nominated the Republican party candidate for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, something that would have had no chance of happening except for his excellent stand.  We win in the long run.    Who knows, we might even win before that.

In the 1998 elections, 38% of eligible voters actually voted.  In America, 84% of the people consider themselves Christians.

As "Christians", we must allow God to rule our lives. Whoever claims to be a Christian must vote for individuals who best adopt God's values, not our own values, to please God.  WHY??    To know what those values are, we must read the Bible for ourselves.

- we must vote.

Our Nation was founded by Godly men who put duty ahead of self interest. Many young American soldiers have died for us. Freedom is not free. Winning in politics is not the most important goal.  Standing true to God will protect our Nation and will be blessed by our God.  As Christians, this is our goal.  If those Americans who lived before us would give their lives for freedom and duty, how can we ignore our chance to vote?  In the 1998 election, only ~37% of those eligible to vote actually voted. Those who failed to vote have contributed to our Country's decline and have trampled on the graves of those who gave their lives for this Country.

John Quincy Adams was called the "Old Man Eloquent and the Hellhound of Slavery" when he adamantly fought slavery and almost single-handedly successfully fought the 'gag rule' in Congress that prevented even mentioning slavery.

According to John Quincy Adams:

"… you should form and adopt certain rules or principles, for the government of your own conduct and temper…It is in the Bible, you must learn them, and from the Bible how to practice them. Those duties are to God, to your fellow-creatures, and to yourself. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind and with all thy strength, and thy neighbor as thyself. "

Duty is appropriate action one is expected or required to do by moral or legal obligation. Our duties include voting and influencing our government when it strays. WE MUST VOTE. This is a moral duty and therefore not a choice. Our duty is, as Christians, despite our own value system, to adopt God’s value system, whatever the cost.  Abortion is today’s slavery. We must earnestly and honestly seek God’s guidance in the scriptures.  We must firmly stand against those things He considers sin.  If we don’t, we will lose even more of our freedom.  We may lose our souls.  As Christians, we have no choice, nor should we want one.  God will bless those who stand unwaveringly with Him.

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