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Joshua 5:13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies?"

Many American Christians have claimed that the candidate for the Republican Party has God's blessing and therefore will be a blessing for our nation.  Many see a victory of the Republicans as a reward for the Christian's supposed faithfulness and an answer to our well meaning prayers.  Is this the way God sees it?

14 "Neither," he replied, "but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come." Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, "What message does my Lord have for his servant?"

No.  God is not on the side of any candidate.  Rather, our job is to be on His side, as seen in the scriptures above. 

With Republican control in the House, Senate and Presidency, we should be winning the moral issues as compared to 4 years ago, right?  No.  We are much worse off as is obvious with no babies saved, oppression of Christians and the radical homosexual agenda racing forward.  Our reasoning has failed us and disappointed Almighty God.

Every political season the Christian leaders draw lines in the sand and tell the Republicans 'don't you dare step over this line'.  Time and time again, they do.  Our response becomes drawing another line and daring them again, perhaps with a little more desperation, 'you better not step over this line...or else...'.  The question asked here is:  What will it take for us to finally decide that enough is enough and it is time to oppose the Republicans who have chosen to side with the world? 

Isaiah 65:  11 "But as for you who forsake the LORD and forget my holy mountain, who spread a table for Fortune and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny, 12 I will destine you for the sword, and you will all bend down for the slaughter; for I called but you did not answer, I spoke but you did not listen. You did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me."

Having said that, are we on His side?  Let's look at the current candidates who have their names on enough state's ballots that they could theoretically win.  We can quickly dispose of some who choose to either take a view that the moral values are not important to the government or are actively opposed to those things God considers very important such as life (abortion) and normalization or even elevation of homosexuality. 

These candidates fail on both non-negotiable 'issues' for a Christian following the scriptures:   John Kerry, Ralph Nader, Walt Brown, Michael Badnarik and David Cobb.    

What about President George Bush?

God makes a strong point for all of us.  The First Commandment says:

Exodus 20: 3 "You shall have no other gods before me.

As Christians, we also have Christ Jesus' own affirmation of this truth.  God takes this most importantly. 

Matthew 25:36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37 Jesus replied: "`Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment .

Would any Christian knowingly vote for someone who violates this most important commandment? 

The Republican Convention was orchestrated by President Bush to win the election.  Unfortunately, he chose to have the first morning invocation on Monday, August 30, 2004 given by Sheri Dew of Salt Lake City, UT.  She is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Director of Publishing.  The evening invocation was given by a Muslim chaplin to the New York Fire Department, Imam Pasha, New York, NY.  (see http://mldb.byu.edu/whatswhr.htm    and  http://www.thenorthstarnetwork.com/news/topstories/183108-1.html  )

At this time of war, immorality, terrorism, economic difficulties, oil prices rising, natural disasters, increasing crime (including thousands of complaints of price gouging following hurricanes and many looters) and decreasing belief in fundamentalist Christian views, do we dare violate the greatest commandment in the name of winning?  Don't we realize we must be serious about our prayers to God and that prayer to any other god will anger Him, according to the scriptures?  Aren't we in enough trouble already?  Surely we don't need the most powerful force in existence to be against us, right?

The Republican convention required 2 policemen for every delegate.  Doesn't this say something about the cost of not following God's direction?  The compromising 'church' has lost the salt and the light.  God's direction is to stand firm and not to compromise, in love.  We must wake up.

Proverbs 16:7 When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.

If violation of the greatest commandment isn't enough, how about a failure regarding a sin our Almighty God considers an "abomination"? 

We now have both a president and a vice-president that are openly supporting the homosexual agenda without fear of reprisal (see below).  In other words, they are openly offending Almighty God.  So is anyone who chooses to vote for someone who does just this. God told us not to do this sort of thing and by choosing to do so, we ask for His punishment.  The current, mainstream, American pseudochurch deserves His judgment as much, if not more, than those who claim to be lost.   Why are we testing God?

The current Republican Convention in New York highlighted (primetime) keynote speakers who are almost all pro-abortion. 

Romans 1: 32 Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

Larry King Live     http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0408/28/lkl.00.html
Aug, 28, 2004

On the topic of "gay" marriage...

KING: Why? Why do you need an amendment?

G. BUSH: Well, because I'm worried that the laws on the books that basically define marriage as between a man -- not basically, do define marriage between a man and a woman will be ruled unconstitutional, and then judges will make the decision as to the definition of marriage. And I think it's too important an issue for judges to make that decision. And I think that one way to guarantee that traditional marriage is defined as between a man and a woman is through the constitutional process...

KING: What about the union of gays? G. BUSH: Well, that's up to states, you know. If states choose to do that, in other words, if they want to provide legal protections for gays, that's great. That's fine. But I do not want to change the definition of marriage. I don't think our country should, from the traditional definition of marriage that's between a man or a woman.

The other thing about the constitutional process, it will get states involved. In other words, the people ought to be involved in this decision. And so that's why I took the stand I took.

KING: You do think...
(CROSSTALK)
G. BUSH: Well, listen, I...
KING: You don't amend easily.
G. BUSH: Yeah.
L. BUSH: That's right. It's a debate. I mean...

G. BUSH: Absolutely. But it's an important debate, Larry, and it's a debate that the people need to be involved with, and not courts. And that's what you're beginning to see. There was a decision here in California, it was a court decision. In other words, it's -- and it ruled that marriages in San Francisco were illegal according to California law. But the point is that this ought to be decided by people, and I just happen to believe and know that if you believe that traditional marriage ought to be the law of the land, that the way to guarantee that is through the constitutional process.

And I want to say something about this debate. It is a debate that must be conducted with the greatest respect for people. And that my judgment, I think our society is great because people are able to live their lifestyles, you know, as they choose or as they're oriented.

KING: Gay people would honestly say they want the benefits of a marriage.

G. BUSH: Well, you can do that through the legal process. You know, people have said to me, well, if you're gay, you can't inherit because -- and you don't get the exemption from income tax. Well, my answer there is get rid of the inheritance tax forever, the death tax, which I'm trying to do. And there are ways to make sure gays have got rights. And you can do so in the law.

KING: Back with our remaining moments. Don't go away.

 

We hear our Vice President Cheney, when asked by a woman in a rally- "What do you think about homosexual marriage?", reply:

"Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it's an issue our family is very familiar with. With the respect to the question of relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone... People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to."

"The question that comes up with the issue of marriage is what kind of official sanction or approval is going to be granted by government? Historically, that's been a relationship that has been handled by the states. The states have made that fundamental decision of what constitutes a marriage."

           (http://drudgereport.com/flash3.htm)

So, we can't vote for any of the above and at the same time stand firm for God's commandments.  Is there hope?  But of course.

1Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. 

We have been tempted to choose from among completely unworthy candidates.  All of the above choose political gain over standing firm.  As the scripture tells us, we have a way out of our idolatrous temptation of supporting the Republican Party.  The Constitution Party and their presidential candidate, Michael Peroutka, and his running mate, Dr. Chuck Baldwin, is our way this time to stand up for Almighty God and saying no to the sin of supporting the sin of others.

As a witness for Almighty God, each Christian's vote for Peroutka sends a message to others that God's values are most important.  Our walk then resembles our rhetoric.  Hypocrisy is lessened and God is glorified.  A vote for Peroutka will be heard, especially in a tight election.  His name will be on ~41 state's ballots.  Will we fail the test?  We simply trust God for working things out for His Glory when we choose to follow His direction. 

As said elsewhere in these pages, the great evangelist, Charles Hadden Spurgeon said: 'When given a choice between the lesser of two evils, choose neither.'

It is a simple concept rooted in the scriptures.  Duty is ours; results are God's.  Will He find us faithful?

      

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