The Lord found and saved me on April 30, 1988. That was the day I got born-again. He redeemed me from my sins that day and made a new creation according to 2 Corinthians 5:17. For the past 20 years I've strived to "live, move, and have my being, in Him." (Acts 17:28). Of course I've failed Him several times along the way, but each time I fail He's lifted me up and re-established me on the path of righteousness.
In my Christian journey I've found guidance, solace, comfort, and direction, in the Word of God, as contained in the Bible. I study, the scriptures, to show myself approved of God, a workman that needed not be ashamed, rightly dividing the world of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). The Word of God has given me answers to the meaning, and essence, of life. My life compass is guided by the Holy Scriptures. I've come to understand my responsibilities to God, myself, my family, my country, and the world at large, by studying His Word. I submit myself daily to God's authority on all issues, moral and spiritual.
God's Word is very clear, as written in Romans 1:16-32, on women lusting after other women, and men burning in lust toward other men. Just as He's clear about those who break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. God also makes it clear that we should, not despise the poor (James 2:6), remember the poor (2:10), and, make contribution to the poor (Roman 15:26). One of my favorite scriptures is 1 John 3:14-17, "if we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don't have eternal life within them. We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God's love be in that person?"
I've come to understand the importance of living by the "Full Gospel" of Jesus Christ. Every decision we make, as Believers in Christ, should be based on the full gospel; the totality of God's morality. Morality doesn't just stop at sexuality. It is much more than that. God's morality is also about poverty, sickness, disease, and even the environment. Each of which is equally important to the Almighty God.
To me as a child of God, I think voting for Senator John McCain and the Republican party is an evidence of a more severe moral schizophrenia and in direct opposition to God's truth as He has revealed it in the Scriptures. What John McCain stands for is completely against the morality that the Almighty God stands for.
When those who claim to have been called by God to be shepherds over His flock neglect their primary responsibilities there's bound to be confusion and chaos. The message of salvation cannot be effectively preached in such circumstances.
According to Acts 6:1-4 "And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word."
Your responsibility, in my opinion, as a Minister of the Gospel, is clear, as written in 1Timothey 2:1-4. "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."
The arm of flesh always fails. A la G.W. Bush.
The above letter was written based upon the following article on www.washingtonpost.com.
33 Pastors Flout Tax Law With Political Sermons
By Peter Slevin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 29, 2008; A02
CROWN POINT, Ind., Sept. 28 -- Defying a federal law that prohibits U.S. clergy from endorsing political candidates from the pulpit, an evangelical Christian minister told his congregation Sunday that voting for Sen Barack Obama would be evidence of "severe moral schizophrenia."
The Rev. Ron Johnson Jr. told worshipers that the Democratic presidential nominee's positions on abortion and gay partnerships exist "in direct opposition to God's truth as He has revealed it in the Scriptures." Johnson showed slides contrasting the candidates' views but stopped short of endorsing Obama's Republican opponent, Sen John McCain.