Thursday, August 9, 2018

I DON'T VOTE

I no longer vote, but not as a doctrine, like the Jehovah Witnesses, etc. I had to learn that it was God ordered for me, as I used to preach and it was my heart felt belief that Christians shouldn't vote. 
I was wrong. 
I DO, however  BELIEVE that God is calling certain ministers/preachers/pastors and prophets not to vote, because TRUTH CANT BE PREACHED FROM A DENOMINATIONAL OR POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE. God in Christ is neither a denomination or a political affiliate! 
God showed me that people will be forced to take stands along their party's and/or denominational lines rather than "Thus Sayeth the Lord!"
 As we see in these days, to stand on what the Spirit of God says apart from what your party/denomination says will amount to your voice being removed and/or silenced. Why is that? If we are all Christian and I am a Baptist (for example) than why am I penalized if I say "Yes, Baptism is important, but it cant be necessary for salvation if someone, after accepting Christ, could die before ever being baptized?" Or for my Pentecostal and apostolic brethren, I believe in speaking in tongues, and is a gift of the Holy Spirit, but not  relevant for salvation. There are whole denominations as well as individuals who live Holy lives for Christ but either never spoke in tongues or simply don't believe in it. According to them, they aren't saved, although Christ's word says in Matthew 7:20 "By their fruits you shall know them"?  


It's the same, if not worse, in our politics. We would be inclined to defend the persons we helped elect regardless of their unrighteousness, or not criticize them as they should be.  

Nothing could be more clear today than the hypocrisy of the Republican Party. They claim to be the "Moral Majority", and yet in truth, their actions are the exact opposite! They espouse anger and hatred in their regurgitated rhetoric and will not tolerate any one who is different. 

Matthew 12:34-37  O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.  35  A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.  36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  37  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Their actions, words and hearts reflect their hearts and the lack of grace they have for people of different races, skin color, and yes, sexual orientation.They show no grace to others that they say God has showed to them. 
The Republicans thirst and hunger for power, money and national superiority has been allowed to surface (as it has always been there) and be reveled for all with eyes to see and ears to hear. I mean, honestly, how do supposed confessed Evangelical Christians make Capitalism one of their core platforms? This is one example of what the New Testament says about money: 
1 Timothy 6:5-10 
 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.  6  But godliness with contentment is great gain.  7  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.  9  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  10  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
These are two things that Christ did not support, honor or tolerate: Nationalism and Money!
And yet, these are the Republican party's two largest rallying cries. We see the sentiments behind LBJ's quote alive, well and actively in our faces:
“I’ll tell you what’s at the bottom of it,” he said. “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”  President Lyndon B. Johnson

Back to voting. Would a political party go through such changes as trying to rezone districts in their favor to stop people of color from voting or at the very least, making it very, very difficult to vote, if votes absolutely didn't matter? 
What would happen politically if the U.S did allow Puerto Rico to become a state (which the vast majority overwhelmingly voted for)? Which party do you think the vast majority would support? 
 So I realized it was my calling that didn't allow me to vote with a pure conscious. 
When the anti Christ comes into power, he comes in through a political system. That's voting. In order to do what God has called me and maybe others to do requires us not to focus on words and appearances, but on the Spirit. It requires to not focus on what may "appear" to be good that they are doing. I may be inclined to give someone I voted for an unrealistic and salvation compromising "mulligan" or 2 or 3.....