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11 November, 2012

There was Never a Choice for True Christians in the US Election

I scoured the internet almost in vain, during and after the US election in the hope that I would find Christians willing to stand alone.  I know the hard way that standing alone is never easy but I expected to see the true Christians in North America taking a firm stand not for mere appearances but for God’s sake.  In these days and age it seems like every cause is louder than true Christianity. While we are called by God to be all things to all men and to yield to others, we have also been taught not to stand with man in their sins.

It has been painstaking all throughout the US presidential election as I watched one Christian after another taking a stand for Christianity through Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. Don’t get me wrong, we are all called to do our civic duty to vote. But, when you hear that Christians voted because they found one or the other candidate somewhat more pleasing to God you know Christianity has become a travesty and the diluted Gospel has permeated the hearts of North Americans “Christians.”  2 Corinthians 10: 12 say: “we do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.”  

It is awfully sad when you find some people who are considered to be a pillar of the Christian community like Franklin Graham not making the difference either. He has chosen to speak out through various ways. One of them was the OpEdNews, in an article written by Dr. Brasch an award-winning syndicated columnist, the Grahams told the Christian community what was the Christian things to do, (I paraphrased there) yet cowardly hide behind words expressed through their spokesman that he and his father did not endorse neither candidate.  “However, Billy Graham reportedly told Romney he would do "all I can to help you," and removed Mormonism from a list of cults on one of their web pages. In February, Franklin Graham, who earns about $600,000 a year as head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, declared that Obama had plans to create "a new nation without God or perhaps under many gods." Here is the link to the full article. It is like saying, I do not endorse anyone but read my words and observe my actions. When I put everything into context, I realize the Grahams, mainly Franklin do not think much of the people who see them as leaders.  My personal opinion they missed out on a great opportunity to educate those who believe in them as leaders and pillars of the Christian community. But, then again we can only lead as far as we have been with Him.

In the end the choice was between two men holding partial Christian beliefs and while they look great in our human eyes, spiritually speaking none of these two men have their identities grounded in Christ. Anyone with an ounce of Godly wisdom can tell you that.  Now this is not to say this might not happen to them one day, before they die. But for now that is not the case. If anything I would be inclined to say that both of these men hold something very common with most of us living in the western culture is that they believe in their own beliefs much more than believing in Christ. After all the Bible tells us in Matthew 7:15-16 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.  You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?”

President Obama lost clarity of moral fortitude; he ended up sacrificing his principles to hold onto power. As for Mitt Romney, he changes spots like a chameleon to reflect the mood and ambient temperature. The man cannot tell a truth from a lie how did he end up being a Christian choice is beyond me and deeply sad. Unless we look at sin as if it was a pimple instead of what it is in God’s eyes. Both men political standards say who they are, what they believe in, and what they are made up inside. Fundamentally these two men have immoral characters.

We know Christianity is in big trouble when you have a “The Rev. Jerry Priscano, a Catholic priest from Erie, Pa., said Obama was the anti-Christ.” This quote also has been taken from the OpEdNews article as stated in the paragraph above. When I read the comments of this Catholic priest it makes me almost want to say: ‘look who's calling the kettle black.’

Quote from the Fellowship of The Unashamed: “…. I am part of the “Fellowship of the Unashamed.” I have Holy Spirit power. The die has been cast. I've stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals! …. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops. And when He comes to get His own, He’ll have no problems recognizing me. My colors will be clear.

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