Our country is truly in a terrible mess when immoral rulers are deemed worthy to run for U. S. political office.
Both Bush and Gore claim to be born again Christians. Of course, neither want to lose the conservative Christian vote so in order to paint themselves as worthy choices they must, "like good politicians,"see which direction the crowd is running and then quickly run to get in front of the crowd. This is unfortunately, the kind of leadership we have today.
Today it is politically correct and fashionable to label oneself "Born Again" so as to curry favor with the voting population, after all 40% of the American population claim to be born again. The reality, we can be sure, is far far less.
I doubt if either candidate even knows what the term born again means.
For a man to act uncivily or out of disregard for God's law or man's law should come as no surprise seeing "the natural man receiveth not the things of God...." 1 Cor. 2:14 but neither are they inexcusable for their bad behaviour because they are created in God's image and the witness of God's eternal power and Godhood are evident within them being manifested through the creation i.e. the things which are made. Romans
It is easy to censor, and condemn others especially those in the public arena because of their wide exposure and vulnerability to the mass media. We know their character weaknesses and failings, sins etc. but we must remember that we usually get no better leaders than we deserve.
Immoral leaders are a reflection of an immoral and profligate people.
CAUTION: Now, we are commanded "to speak evil of no man." How are we to understand this in light of the dissemination of this email information"
True we are to "Prove all things and hold fast that which is good."
Accusations and allegations should be examined and tested for their veracity. But who, we may ask, made us the judges? Are not senators, congressman, and attorneys and those in high positions of office not in a much better position to judge more righteously their own peers like Al Gore and President Clinton?
There is an evil tendency to delight in the spread of seditious scandal and malignant communication.
When it says in the Bible that we are to speak evil of no man, I understand this to mean that we are not to gossip or speak maliciously about another person so as to ruin his good reputation. Character asasination can be perpetrated and is akin to murder even when the information about another individual is true. If there is an evil intent underlying the source of communication it would fall under the sixth commandment prohibition of "Thou shalt not kill." Exodus 20
The tendency of pointing the finger at others in high positions of authority and office or even on a much lower level in order to justify oneself is a common practice unworthy of a Christian I believe. May God keep us from this error.
Often our attitude is "Well, look at those dirty dogs and corrupt politicians. They do so and so and expect us to pay taxes and support their............
STOP! Remember, if you look at people long enough you are going to find sin because that is the nature of mankind. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23 Even Christians sin and just because we may not be guilty of another's particular sin doesn't mean that we are not guilty of certain other sins ourselves. God sees the heart and knows our wicked designs. His favor cannot be procured by our speaking out against the sins of others when we ourselves have sins to reckon with.
When we point the finger at others we have three fingers pointing back at us condemning us for equally offensive transgressions.
Let us pray for those in authority over us according to Romans 13 and remember what Paul said about this matter in Romans 2 the judgement of God is sure and complete. None can escape it except those whose sins have been forgiven. Now if our sins have been forgiven then we ought also to forgive others of their sins against us. God will deal with those who make a mock of sin and live in hypocrisy in order to deceive the public and acquire riches and self-aggrandizement for political favor and gain.
"Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that
judgest: for wherein thou judgest another , thou condemest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things."
This admonition was written primarily to the Jews who were a proud and censorious people especially the scribes and pharisees but it can be applied to all professing Christians.
Let us examine our hearts and seek to insure a proper posture before a most Holy and righteous God who must judge righteously all the thoughts, and words and deeds of men.
With warm regards
Carlton Pruitt ministers the gospel to the Los Angeles area. Formerly a Hollywood actor (SAG member)and junk removal expert he now spends most of his time studying the scriptures, writing articles, hymns and poems and doing street preaching.
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