In a democratic republic like our nation, the only way that will be a reality is if we begin to vote what we say we believe and hold our politicians accountable after they’re elected.
If not, our nation will continue to be living proof of Proverbs 28.12 which says “when the wicked arise, the righteous must hide themselves.”
Ezekiel 1 & 2
Truth, Politics & God’s Standard
Psalm 119.153-160 & Proverbs 28.12:
The Truth of God’s Word & Politics
Verse 160, “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.”
As I said in a recent post, God’s Word is not to be taken cafeteria style. We don’t get to pick and choose what parts we will believe. The entirety of His Word is truth, even when we fail to fully understand it. It was not only truth in biblical times but is truth today, and for all eternity. Jesus said:
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matt. 24.35).
That means biblical truth is the standard by which our government and every one of our politicians should be measured. In a democratic republic like our nation, the only way that will be a reality is if we begin to vote what we say we believe and hold our politicians accountable after they are elected.
It doesn’t matter which political party they belong to, but when politicians are exposed day after day as sexually immoral, when others break the laws they are sworn to uphold, when they vote for the legalized murder of innocent babies in the womb, and applaud “gay marriage,” something has gone terribly wrong. How long can we expect God to protect and bless our nation as a whole?
Secret Ballots Are Not Secret to God
While change would take time, we are still individually responsible for how we vote and whether we speak up for what’s right. While our voting is secret from other people, it’s not a secret to our omniscient God. As the Apostle Paul said a couple thousand years ago:
“Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Cor. 5.9-10).
But we don’t have to wait for eternity to see the results of voting for ungodly men and women. The state of our nation is living proof, but God said it thousands of years ago, as our Proverbs reading points out.
When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory;
But when the wicked arise, men hide themselves.
Too often in a democracy, men and women begin to vote based on the politics of “what’s in it for me,” instead of what’s right in God’s eyes. There is no shortage of men and women willing to tell us what we want to hear to gain political power. And when the evil gain power, good men must hide themselves or be punished for standing up for what’s right. This is already taking place as we hear the outrage when Christians speak the truth about abortion or homosexuality, take a stand against sexual immorality, or refuse to approve things God forbids.
This has nothing to do with a political party; there is plenty of evil to go around. But if the righteous are to rejoice, we must begin to vote based on the godly character, the platform on which candidates are running, and their willingness to stand up for what God says is right.
Sincere, godly believers are going to disagree about what that looks like when they step into the voting booth. But each of us should sincerely search God’s Word and pray for His wisdom. Then we need to stay committed to pray for our leaders and hold them accountable for their actions.
Today’s Other Readings:
Ezekiel 1 & 2:
Everything We Need
Ezekiel will cover many of the same events as Jeremiah and Lamentations, but it begins with a spectacular and unusual vision where God allows Ezekiel to get a glimpse of His glory.
Like many of the prophets, Ezekiel would be prophesying to a stubborn and hard-hearted people, who often mistreated those who spoke the truth they didn’t want to hear. As well as, being filled with other meanings, this incredible vision would help strengthen Ezekiel, encourage him in the reality of God’s power and majesty, and help prepare him for a difficult job.
What a great encouragement to us that God never calls us to do something without giving us all that we need to carry it out.
Hebrews: A Study in Comparisons
Today we begin reading through the book of Hebrews. The book compares the Levitical sacrificial system to the finished work of Christ.
- It compares animal sacrifices to the Perfect Lamb of God.
- It shows the superiority of Christ to the ministry of angels.
- It shows us Christ as the Creator, the One who upholds all things by the word of His power, who purged our sins, and who sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (v. 3).
- And reminds us that while God spoke in times past through the prophets, is now speaking to us through the Son and His written Word.
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds (Heb. 1.1-2).
So I hope you’ll keep reading along with me as we start through two new books: Hebrews and Ezekiel.
How has God spoken to you today? Did you see a passage in a new light? Did you see an area where you need to grow and change? Did you find a promise to hold on to? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
In the next few days, we’ll talk about why God doesn’t immediately deal with some things, discuss the question, “Does Salvation + Time + Knowledge = Spiritual Maturity?” and discuss whether we can be addicted to religion.
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