Text: “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31). and
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Colossians 3:17)
Normally, I stick to what I feel God has called me to do, which I believe is to teach his word; however I heard something a few minutes ago that motivated my spirit to the extent that I feel I must speak up.
I heard Oprah Winfrey state to a group of women that they must “vote their values.”
Now on the face of it, because the devil has succeeded in generalizing and making things so generic that the specific details, which are important lose their power; that this sounds correct. But as he always has Satan loves to twist words.
Let me give you an example, the word “values.” It sounds important, in fact Oprah sounds like she is dead on in making this statement, which is why it is so dangerous.
The word “values,” is defined:
1) Noun – the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.
2) Verb – estimate the monetary worth of (something).
While true, lower on the list of definitions of this word, it states “a person’s principles or standards of behavior.”
However, what is most important when it comes to any word is not what I personally think a word means, but what it meant originally when it was created. Biblical hermeneutics refers to this as the “Law of First Mention.”
The reason this is so important is that it is so easy for Satan to slightly an inch at a time change the meaning of words, wherein over time, a word can be totally distorted. That is why I have always learned that when somebody says what a word means, I look up the first definition, not the second third or fourth; which are inferior and more subjective, because usually the first listed definition of a word is closest to the original meaning.
The whole point of what I’m saying is according to Oprah speaking to her audience of primarily women, is that they need to vote for what is most valuable to them personally – this sounds natural, right, but think about it, is that what we really need to vote for.
Have we become so self-centered that all we do is vote for things that put money in our pockets and affect us on a personal level? Have we forgotten the greater theme of principles?
Principles are much different than our subjective values, even whenever definitions seem to want to mix the two words.
The founding of this country was built on the nobility of principles far more than the profit of personal value.
Let me say it this way. No one dies for his or her values.
Our greatest forefathers died for their principles.
While true, we should on some level vote those issues, which affect our family; this should not be the ultimate test of who we put in the office. Because if it is, all we have done is purchased pimps, hired salesman that can provide us with all the goodies. Does this sound the way a Christian should vote.
Satan loves us to put self before God, as he did; and he so rational about it.
If you do not save yourself, first how can you serve God afterwards? He even uses the airplane, the oxygen mask with the baby example.
They will say, we are always told that if we have a problem while flying, we should put the oxygen mask on ourselves first, before we pass-out then put it on our children. If we have five children, I totally understand the statement, but is not made in that context; it is always made in the singular.
If I care more for my child than myself or even my husband, than the first thing I do is put the mask on that child. This may not be very pragmatic, because then I may not be able to help others but if were talking of what is of the greatest importance to me as a father, it is the life of my child.
The devil loves to be pragmatic, but pragmatic is many times the opposite of what is a principled.
Another way of looking at this is, notice how the word “expedient” has become one of the buzzwords of the day.
As an adjective, it means “convenient and practical, although possibly improper or immoral.”
Yet, it become so easy for that which is pragmatic to take over that which is principled.
We should be “effective” rather than “expedient;” in fact, if we are wise we will actually be “thorough” in everything we do. Hence today’s Scripture.
When I look at the stated platforms of the two major parties, there is one thing that glares in displaying its lack of biblical directive; it is the rationalization of murdering babies in what should be the safest place on this earth, the womb.
When I see how my father in heaven reacts to this, with this being one of the final steps of a society that he brings down as an abomination (even, without even bringing up the muddying of the water concerning sexuality and openly accepting homosexuality even to the extent that beast allergy is around the corner), yet it is because of the murder of babies, that I will never vote for a Democrat or any other party that rationalizes this God hating behavior.
In addition, for those purest Christians that said they would not vote for Trump because he was not a Christian.
My statement is to you that your God is too small.
Moreover, that actually it is your pride that leads you, because you’re ashamed of Trump and wouldn’t dare vote for a person like him. I am ashamed of his behaviors, but I am more interested in what God wants.
You see it does not matter if it is a fool, a commoner, or a sage that makes decisions that are godly; it is the decisions that are important, not the leader that is unaware that he is a puppet of the God of this universe.
Remember pharaoh, was a wicked, wicked man, yet God used him in spite of himself.
If we take this self-righteous attitude, what would happen to the chosen people, when Cyrus entered Babylon?
Cyrus was a wicked, wicked man, who did terrible things, yet God used him in spite of himself.
Darius was a wicked, wicked man, yet God used him in spite of himself.
Alexander the Great was a wicked, wicked man, who did terrible things, yet used him in spite of himself.
Nebuchadnezzar was a wicked, wicked man that God converted (read Daniel chapter 4, written in Chaldean from Nebuchadnezzar to the world, where he gives his witness of submitting to the God of this universe).
You see in making decisions concerning politics, it is not the person that aligns with our own belief system (which is a sign of our pride), that should motivate our decisions.
“Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!“ (Matthew 18:7)
It is a simple understanding that God can use even a donkey to communicate to a prophet in fulfilling his will.
What are the principles that align with God’s word; this is what we, as a voting public that call ourselves Christians should be concerned with.
And even though the wisdom of the liberals is that it is wrong to vote solely concerning one issue, such as abortion.
Do we not comprehend, that if a person is willing to kill a baby and rationalize it as a “privacy issue” for a woman, that anything they have to say afterwards can never be trusted with such an immoral rationalization.
This time around were not voting for the man in the highest seat. But his ability to carry out a platform that a least aligns itself closer with God than the other side, should we stay home and therefore support those that believe in the right of privacy of a woman to the extent of murdering babies, should be allowed to fulfill their agenda as opposed to a person that comes across as a fool.
Remember when God used a woman, Deborah to teach the men of Israel how they were acting cowardly, not in a manly courageous manner.
Why do you think we have this person ruling us now?
Many times we get a leader that we deserve, not the one we want.
So yes, I am a one-issue voter. It is because this one issue when breached displays such evil that I can never ever trust anything that person that declares this evil as righteous.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)