A brother and friend of mine recently attended a Wednesday night ‘Bible’ study at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, whereas their idolized celebrity pastor (Jack Hibbs) ended with a lot of voting hyperbola. Rather than Hibbs be a strong under-shepherd, he engaged the congregation in a lot of emotionalism, and sensationalism.
Their pastor even told his congregation how they must vote, even to the point of stating that “God expects you to choose one of those two,” and not a third party, or a ‘write-in’ choice.
Though he did admit that both candidates were bad, but if his congregation did not vote for the ‘lessor of two evils,’ then apparently they must have “taken stupid pills” (timestamp 40:00).
In support of his candidate, Hibbs said many things that were not true about his candidate (eliciting untrue information to make his choice look much better than he is).
Contrary to what Hibbs says, his candidate is pro-choice (under some circumstances), and does support the homosexual agenda. Most of what Hibbs said, can be proven to be false, by using his own candidates own words.
I suggested to my friend that it might be worth the time and effort to put a video together, refuting the pastor, with video clips of his own candidate’s own words.
My friend replied,
“At this point? I don’t know… There are a lot of people coming to grips with possibly losing their superficial, comfortable life styles… and kicking back hard. Sometimes you just have to stand back and let it happen to them, I guess.”
I agree with my friends above response.
I have made it very clear to my social media audience, that I will be writing-in a God fearing man. However I would not tell you whom you must vote for. Moreover, I will not call fellow Christians (Christ’s bride) terrible names, simply because they won’t vote the way I am voting.
Sadly I have seen ‘professing’ Christians call other Christians terrible names, simply because they won’t vote for their own candidate of choice. The following are just a few examples of the name calling I’ve seen. Such as you’re the “same ones who killed Christ,” you’re a “Pharisee,” you’re a “yellow belly,” you’re a “turncoat,” a “coward,” a “traitor.” And now Hibbs accusation of Christians being under the influence of “stupid pills.” (A side note. Hibbs ecumenicalism has risen to the level of gross religious pluralism).
I want to be very cautious when using the Lord’s Word in regards to politics, or voting, but I believe this passage can be applied to this issue. In this passage Paul was calling the church to use their freedoms to ‘build up the church,’ but do so ever-so circumspectly, rather than for self-indulgence.
Often times I have mentioned, that I will vote “my Christian conscience and Biblical conviction (according to the Scriptures).” Pay particular attention to the word ‘conscience’ in the below passage, Paul used that word five times.
1 Corinthians 10:23-33 (ESV) Do All to the Glory of God:
23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 26 For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” 27 If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— 29 I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? 30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks? 31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.”
Friends as long as it’s not sin, you have the freedom to do and eat as you wish. If you’re a vegan, I love you. If you won’t eat shrimp, or pork, I love you. However I would not put shrimp or pork on our grill, if you were coming over for dinner.
Unless the issue is clearly sin, it would be wrong for me to ask you to go against your conscience, nor to dictate your own conscience.
I will be voting to glorify my Lord, and I will do so in remembrance of the two greatest commandments. That is to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind (oops I fall short). And – the second greatest commandment is to love thy neighbour as thyself.
Not only am I to Biblically love my neighbor, I am also to Biblically love my enemy. Therefore is it too much to ask fellow ‘professing’ Christians to love Christ’s beautiful bride regardless how she votes?
Lastly, bear in mind that ‘repentance, faith and trust’ are elements of salvation. So let us continually repent towards Christ, and keep our faith and trust IN HIM.
For a Biblical response to the hysteria of this 2016 Presidential election, click here.
As always brethren –Love ‘biblically’ – repent – be salt and light – be holy – be sanctified – fear God – pray without ceasing – keep His commandments – grow in His grace and knowledge – put on the whole armor of God (and use it) – walk circumspectly – believe in and trust Jesus – obey the Gospel – share the Gospel – preach the Gospel – contend for the faith, – disciple each other, hate the things that God hates, and love the things that God loves – keep the faith, work-out your salvation, and endure to the end!