Sunday November 1st

Who Leads Us

                         What a joy to be with all of you today.  I’m Pastor Paris of The Journey Church.

Last week, we heard from the heart of God, who cares about those who struggle to get free from Satan’s grip of addiction, through amazing Christ centered ministries like MNATC.  Today we are facing a national crisis, where battle lines have been drawn by political adversaries.  We are being asked to choose sides, between people who promise us the moon and often produce less than promised, mostly due to the divisive environment we live in.  The level of civility is at an all-time low as we listen to every politician tear down the other guy or gal.  We are faced with making choices of people that have been accused of being unsuited for office for many various reasons.  If all that we hear is true, we should ask all the individuals vying for office, to step aside because we certainly can’t afford to have them as leaders.  So the conclusion is the media driven rhetoric is unreliable.  It can’t all be true.  However the consequences may be that sin will be endorsed and evil will prevail if we are not led at the polls as Christ followers.  So how can we be led in the midst of all these nontruths?  Because God warns us not to dress evil up as something good.


Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.


As a pastor, I am restricted by civil law from telling you who to vote for, but I am compelled by God to tell you who to be led by.  Previous to 1964, many pastors would stand in their pulpits and make an impassioned case for bible centered policy and I plan to do that this morning.  I may lose the popularity vote because of your family’s heritage, but I am compelled to stand up in front of you and ask you to seek Godly wisdom before you draw the curtains to the voting booth.  I’ve preached these words all my life, but today is my last-ditch effort to call you to obedience to God’s word.  I believe the answer is to look at what God says about what our true values must be, before voting as a Christian.  We must ask ourselves what God says about the most significant issues, issues that shape the way humanity sees others and God.  Listen to how God sees man’s opinions before you write me off.


Proverbs 14:12 (KJV 1900) There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, But the end thereof are the ways of death.


If you simply vote your historical family party, without a clear, present day investigation, then you may be subject to whatever your family has valued, but is it what God values?  If, as a Christian, you stay home and don’t vote, then you have cast your ballot of indifference and all of us will be subject to the world’s voice as the church stays silent. 


Click HERE to watch the video: I don’t Like Any Of Them, I’m Not Voting

You see, God must provide the foundation for our voting, either through biblical revelation or biblical counsel.  As to candidates, one of the best reflections of a person’s future actions is the way they have chosen in the past to vote on a specific issue.  Do you know your candidates track record?


The title of today’s message is: Who Leads Us?  We must begin our investigation of what is critical to God with one of the most important values, the value of LIFE.


John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.


Yes, we must vote our values on many issues, but our values must be supported by God’s word.  To vote our economic preferences while we fund the ongoing killing of unborn children must be seen as reprehensible.  Is your new infant, held in your arms, who is utterly dependent on your care, considered unworthy of your care?  Then why would your infant, held in your womb, be less valuable?  I unashamedly tell you I would rather our roads were full of potholes, than support the funding of abortion while I’m in the voter booth.  I would rather that my taxes went up, than my support went to selectively choosing who will live or die because of genetic selection by scientists being funded by my vote.  I am sickened by the reality that my tax dollars have paid for even one child to be destroyed. 


Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew  you, before you were born I set you apart…


Do you know what the person you will circle in their little oval will make law or keep law?  Your vote accepts or rejects that reality.


Who Leads Us?

The next value that most of us would hold dearest is MARRIAGE AND FAMILY


Hebrews 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.


We in the church have tolerated too long the rewriting of God’s original design for marriage and family.  Even recently, religious leaders have caved on this topic.  I wonder if you have counted the cost yet of our social experiment with the sexual revolution, easy no fault divorce, confused and fluid gender philosophies.  I wonder if you’ve understood that God created the family as an expression of His perfect will?  Man would marry a woman, and they would conceive children, who would populate the earth.  Our nation is so confused and in addition, confusing our young children, by teaching them that God didn’t have a plan, God didn’t make His plan known or God doesn’t truly even exist.  You and I are funding that system in our public schools and we will vote, support or resistance, to more of the same by the candidate we choose.


Genesis 1:27–28 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it…


If we vote for someone who supports the destruction of the God designed family, then we are helping to advance the destruction of the God designed family.  God is the answer, not secularized social education.  I would rather my vote allowed for changes to social security but supported the Family as God designed it.  I would rather that our laws would support the family as God wants it, then send a signal to the education world to continue to tell our children that they can choose who they are sexually.  When I cast my vote, I would rather that the weapons that destroy our homes like drugs, divorce and human perversion would be resisted, not given a greater open door or be considered normalized.


Who Leads Us?

My third highest value at the polls is RELIGIOUS FREEDOM


Mark 16:15–16 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.


Even a lost world can see the difference. 


Click HERE to watch the video: Chinese Communist about America


Not all values are the same.  Some are critical to God’s cause and others are simply social or economic preferences.  Religious freedom is not a low-level value.  We’ve enjoyed a long history in America for the right to worship freely no matter what our religious posture.  This was due to the courage and foresight of our nation’s forefathers.  Religious freedom was a central value to them, a cause worth defending.  However religious freedom is being threatened by an ever-increasing secular mindset in our country.  The government is creeping into our churches.  Some candidates want to stifle the Christian faith and restrict its freedoms even more.  They want to fund secular public education, but resist Christian private education.


1 Corinthians 9:16  For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!


Who Leads Us?

You and I will stand before God and tell what position we took on these significant, Christian worldview, human issues.  It is true that there are many valuable issues being debated by human beings today but these 3 are foundational to the human experience with God.  We must judge between right and wrong.  Our candidates have been very upfront about where they stand on these issues.  If we get these wrong, then all the others are of little consequence.


John 7:24 Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”


So who will lead us, or what will we do when we go behind the curtain?  Are we led by our heritage, our party affiliation, our preferences to our pocketbook, or by the Bible?  When you go to the voting booth Tuesday you will be partly responsible for the future of America or at least you will send a strong message to our future leadership.  You are not voting, in or out, a personality, you are voting, in our out, a set of priorities and principles.  None of us will get all we want, or hold important, but we must understand that God will lead us and He has expressed His will to the church in America and across the world.


So vote my believing friends, just know what you are voting for and be led by God and His word.  May God have mercy on America in the polls.


Next week we will Ask the question: Whom do you serve?

This is Pastor Paris saying God Bless you all.

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