“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.” (Proverbs 29:2)
In just days, America is going to go to the polls to elect the next President of the United States of America. Beloved, how are you going to vote? What is going to be the determining factor for the one you choose to be the President of the United States of America?
God’s Word tells us about His judgment on countries who rebel against Him (See Ezekiel 14:12-20). Let’s look at how “the word of the Lord came” to Ezekiel and the bloody city; the city of rebellion. In Ezekiel 22:17, He says, “And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to Me; all of them are bronze and tin and iron and lead in the furnace; they are the dross of silver” (Ezekiel 22:17-18). In other words here is silver, which has value, and iron, tin and lead (the dross) attach to it and keep it from being pure silver. So what a silversmith does is he takes that impure silver and he lays it down. He hammers it. He breaks it into small pieces. He heats a fire. He puts a crucible in the fire, puts that metal in the crucible, and the fire then consumes the dross, so that the pure silver eventually can be seen.
What he talks about here is in verse 19 He says, “…‘Because all of you have become dross, therefore, behold, I am going to gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. As they gather silver and bronze and iron and lead and tin into the furnace to blow fire on it in order to melt it, so I will gather you in My anger and in My wrath and I will lay you there and melt you.’” (Ezekiel 22:19-20) He says, “…‘I, the LORD have poured out My wrath on you.’” (Ezekiel 22:22)
The third time that the word of the Lord comes is in verse 24. It says, “Son of man, say to her, ‘You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on…,” and it’s rain that cleanses the heavens, “…in the day of indignation.’” (Ezekiel 22:24) In other words, God is indignant against you. God is dealing with you. God is bringing these calamities on you to get your attention, to cause you to fall on your knees, to cause you to cry out to God, but nothing’s happened. You’re holding on to all the dross. You refuse to be refined. Nothing is happening. Why? He says “There is a conspiracy of her prophets in her midst like a roaring lion tearing the prey. They have devoured lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in the midst of her.” (Ezekiel 22:25) In other words, you’ve got prophets that are not prophets of God and those prophets are profiting off of other people by giving them what they want. And yet they’re tearing the prey in the midst. And this is the state of the land.
We live in a society where we want everything to be acceptable. We don’t want any absolutes. We don’t want to hear about any right or any wrong. Just as in the time of Judges, every one of us wants to do what is right in our own eyes. (See Judges 17:6) We want to be free agents. But listen to me, there is a right; there is a wrong; there is light; there is darkness. There is good; there is evil, and we need to understand that.
America is at the crossroads, and I believe with all my being that in the next four years we’re going to have to make some tremendous decisions as a nation. Who is the man that you want to lead you into the future? Who is the man that will come closest to what the Word of God says? I would like to propose to you today ten things that you need to consider when you go to the polls because I will tell you this: I believe that the President of the United States of America is going to lead us through some perilous decisions.
1. Character — integrity, values, wisdom
2. Voting Record — choices with respect to biblical issues.
3. Promises — following through on promises: men of their word.
4. Experience — good and solid reputation.
5. Humility — before God and man.
6. Sacrifice — doing right no matter the cost.
7. Respect — to authority, opposition, even enemies.
8. Popularity — resisting superficial popularity judgments heard in media commentaries
9. Principles — consistency, no compromise of biblical principles.
10. Accountability — God judges our votes (choices) in this life and the next.
When you vote, consider which man comes closer to the character of a man that is an upright man before God? Which is the man of integrity? We have to examine their lives and then vote accordingly.
Please be in prayer for this election.
Host, Precepts For Life
Co-CEO, Precept Ministries International
Study God's take down of Saul, His promotion of David through a string of victories over Israel's enemies, and His establishment of Israel's glorious monarchy - its best ever years. For believers, this is a dual lesson in what attitudes to avoid and what attitudes to have as believers.
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It was late. She was in bed, reading, and waiting for him to come home. When he walked into the room she looked up and smiled. She opened her mouth to say something, but he walked past her without a word.
Beloved, family was on God’s heart from the beginning. When He sent His son to earth, he intentionally put Him in a family. Although He was the Son of God, God saw to it that His Son was raised with a mother, father, and siblings in an ordinary family.
I’ll never forget his face—the gravity of words haltingly spoken from one so young. He was just a child, yet shouldering the blame of being unaccepted, unwanted, rejected by both his birth parents and numerous foster parents who kept sending him back. “It was my fault they didn’t want me. I guess I just didn’t know how to be good.”
I will never forget my first Christmas as a Christian. I was 29 years old. Before then I was hopelessly lost. Raised in the church, I had a religion but not a relationship. Raised to be moral, in my disillusionment and loneliness I became immoral. I actually raised my fist, cursed God and said, “I am going to find someone to love me.”