I listened to a few minutes of a CNN program this afternoon. A few minutes was all I could stomach. Four talking heads sat around a table asking, “Where is the Religious Right?” (in this Presidential election.)
They discussed the self-proclaimed faith of John McCain and Barak Obama, first denouncing an email that went around months ago stating that Obama was a Muslim, and why that was unfair and untrue.
He was born a Muslim, given a Muslim name, and that was enough to get that email going the rounds, right or wrong. But he claims he is a Christian and the panel seemed to think everyone should take his word for it. “Judge not,” you know.
People forget that Jesus also said, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgments.” (John 7:24)
In Matthew 7, Jesus explained one way to do that. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing… you shall know them by their fruits.” (Matt. 7:15-16)
There is plenty of fruit to judge in both these men’s lives and records. I don’t vote according to who appeals to my pocketbook. I vote according to moral principles and particularly protection of the weakest among us. I vote after I do a thorough inspection of the fruit.
Too many voters seem to be falling for a wolf in sheep’s clothing this election. They don’t take the time and effort to check the records, think prayerfully about what they learn and then decide.
As I continue to watch and pray, my fervent prayer is that God will have mercy on America!