Why am I upset?

Here is why.

Voting is not just political; it’s spiritual.

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”   (Attributed to Dietrich Bonhoeffer.)

Your silence says it all. I don’t feel angry, I just feel sad and grief-stricken at Christians, and especially pastors and other church leaders, who refuse to answer when asked the question,  “Who did you vote for?”

Because it matters.

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14)

“Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey–whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16 NIV)

One candidate claims to be Catholic, but he does not follow the church’s precepts. He was refused communion at a local Catholic church because of that.

He supports abortion (child sacrifice) and many other ungodly things. He promised if elected he would govern by those ungodly beliefs.

He plainly told people to vote for him at campaign events, in news print, emails, snail mail, television and radio ads, billboards and yard signs, on social media and more across this country.

Repeatedly he said, “Vote for me.”

And so, Christian friend, did you obey him? Did you vote for him? This matters. Because if you voted for him, you were spiritually yoked to his platform and principles. You have invited a curse into your life. I can no longer trust you, which is sad too.

Sheep clothing

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!