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THE PRESIDENCY
by paul hoffmaster
10/13/12
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THE PRESIDENCY

The closer we come to the Election the more articulate and focused becomes the label wearing Christian. From generalities to specifics, from innuendoes to questionable “facts,” the verbalige flows through the air waves and printed press into the eyes and ears of the unsettled and confused. Jesus called His followers to be “peace makers,” not confusion orators. Much of the zeal that the Christians display is based upon other biased and opinionated individuals or organizations. If someone has written a book or is a syndicated personality, the greater is the promoted “truth.” When are God’s people going to stop being the conduit for other people’s agendas? Just because a person knows the vocabulary does not make what he or she is conveying true. The Presidential candidates continually have to face the litmus test after each speech or debate, but the Christian seems to accept whatever a proponent of Christian doctrine offers. The Word of God warns the Believer to “try the spirits, whether they are of God.” (I John 4: 1) The warning is that there are many false prophets in the world. (v. 1b) Whenever there is a promoting of division or confusion, it is not of God. The negative aggression of some Christians grieves those who are simply trusting God for the outcome of the Election.
We are not electing a Presidential Pastor, but a leader that will lead and represent all the people. America is a land of diversity and the Christian needs to look at this great Country as a potential harvest field in which we can represent and introduce the One who can make this Nation great again. Christians have always argued the separation of Church and State, but contradict themselves when it comes to wanting the President to fit into their religious arena.
The choice this Country faces is not whether to elect a “Muslim” or a Mormon, but to look beyond the candidate’s faith to what his abilities and qualifications are to be the Commander –in-Chief. The problem with this premise is that to begin the search of a voting preference with an uneducated knowledge of a person’s religion is a display of ignorance. How does one come to believe that the President is Muslim, when he denies the label? What unbiased facts do we use to base our presumption that he is of the Muslim persuasion? The Muslim accusation flows from many Christians who will do whatever is necessary to cause other Believers to uphold the faith by standing against the “enemies of Christ.” For generations Christians have been in the center of disharmony by challenging each other’s beliefs (Pentecostals, Baptist, Apostolic, Independent, etc.) and now even the Mormons.
The Bible is the standard by which we govern our life. What do we do if the Presidential Candidates are in conflict with the Word? Do we still vote? As one studies the Word, we see again and again that God used judgment against His chosen people whenever they strayed from His ways. Many times He used non-Jews to be an instrument of His judgment. The United States has continued to move away from God and He will not be mocked. What this Country has reaped is a result of our disobedience. Judgment will come upon America. How He brings that about and whom He chooses to use is only known to Him. The Christian must realize that our ways are not His ways. ( Is. 55: 8, 9)
God will not forsake this Country. God will reveal to every Christian how He wants them to vote. Then the Christian is to vote with the assurance that even if they can’t understand the methodology, He has it all under control! Happy voting! (See related article: The Election)


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