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Hillary or Donald in 2016?

The solution to America’s escalating evil is not the political election of 2016. Electing Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as President of our country will never bring about true repentance and faith that America desperately needs; taking guns away from our citizens through new legislation will not transform an eternal soul. And all the efforts people put into forced morality and behavior modification will not produce a new heart and new behavior.

Believers in Jesus have been set apart in this world to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16), not political movers and shakers. I am not opposed to getting involved in the election process by exercising our right to vote for the candidate of our choice. However, placing our hope for our country on one candidate or the other turns our mission field into the enemy. We are not at war with the political process—we’re at war with the sin that undergirds and drives the evil in our world. And the goal of that battle is not gaining political influence, but rescuing souls from eternal damnation and seeing hearts transformed into shinning lights of righteousness.

Christians need to get comfortable with the idea that God does not intend for our earthly lives to be comfortable. This world is not our home and we should not be surprised or shocked by how this sin-ruined world operates, or how its citizens behave.

The only hope for this doomed culture is the transforming work of the Holy Spirit unleashed in the lives of sinners through the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

That’s where God’s people come in. We aren’t merely observers as the world falls prey to the ravages of its evil corruption—we’re called to administer the antidote. We have been set apart to testify to the truth of God’s Word—to live out that testimony as salt and light in this dark and tasteless world (Matthew 5:13-16).

We are God’s salt to retard corruption and His light to reveal truth. One function is negative, the other is positive. One is silent, the other is verbal. By the indirect influence of the way we live we retard corruption, and by the direct influence of what we say we manifest light.

God has changed us from being part of the corrupted and corrupting world to being salt that can help preserve it. He has changed us from our own darkness to be His agents of giving light to others. By definition, an influence must be different from that which it influences, and Christians therefore must be different from the world they are called to influence. We cannot influence the world for God when we are worldly ourselves. We cannot give light to the world if we are practicing ways of darkness ourselves.  

Ok, Rick What does that look like practically?

 First of all, it means we need to watch how we live. Believers need to work hard to protect their testimonies before the watching world. We need to guard against behaviors and activities that tarnish our testimonies and cast doubt on the truth of God’s Word. We need to remember that our lives are not our own—that we belong to Christ as tools for the work of His kingdom.

If we’re going to have any influence against the overwhelming corruption all around us, we need to make sure the world sees a stark difference in the way we talk and act—the way we live.

The call to be salt and light also means we need to be ready and willing to proclaim the gospel of Jesus. The world is an intimidating place, and many believers can find no end of excuses to avoid boldly telling others about their salvation in Christ. But such timidity is unbecoming of our faith and the Lord who saved us. We can’t give in to the fear of man, the desire for acceptance, and the love of our comfortable lives. We need to be willing to sacrifice all those things—anything, in fact—in order to reach and rescue sinners headed to hell.

Perhaps the best cure for spiritual stage fright is found in the convicting words of Paul: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16. With eternity in the balance, how can we afford to be silent?

Part of living in contrast to the world is always being ready to give an account for that difference (1 Peter 3:15), explaining how the Lord has transformed us through the power of His Word and the sanctifying work of His Spirit. That same spiritual transformation is the only hope there is for this world and its people, and we have the privilege and duty to tell them about it.

That doesn’t mean we won’t be met with opposition. Jesus warned His disciples of the world’s hostility (John 15:18-19), and we see that same hostility toward God’s people and His Word today. But even as the world operates as our enemy, working to silence our message and stifle our influence, we need to remember that they are actually our mission field.

Listen up!!!   WE ALL MATTER!   Not just black lives or white lives or Asian lives etc… We all matter to Jesus.   The world is our mission field. The world of was God’s mission field. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. Don’t hate the enemy; love the enemy as God loves the enemy and sent His Son for their salvation. . . . So what’s our job?  Go into the mission field, love them the way God loves them, and proclaim and live the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ, and let the kingdom advance one soul at a time.

Hillary or Donald in 2016?     What about Jesus?

Peace, Pastor Rick

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