Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2016.08.07
August 7 – August 13
Scripture Passage: “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Judges 17:6 
Dear Friends,
      I am in a quandary. I am a Christian without a candidate to vote for in the presidential race. The things that mean the most to me are not being addressed by either candidate. The morals and integrity of both are in question. Both candidates past are littered with questionable activities and the mud-slinging that has taken place has left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I come from a family of Democrats and married into a family of Republicans. I will not tell you which I am, because I am first and foremost a Christian and have ALWAYS chosen my candidates according to Christian values. Do I refrain from voting this time? Do I vote for the lesser of two evils? If I do not vote at all, it may strengthen the chances for the one I absolutely do not want to become president. If I vote for the other candidate it is as if I completely endorse them and the things they stand for – I do not. If I do nothing, I am guilty of ignoring my responsibility as a citizen and really would not have any right to complain. If I vote and that candidate wins, am I partially responsible for the consequences that will come with that choice? I have decided to vote for the candidate that: 1. Aligns the closest to Scriptural mandates. 2. The one who comes closest to being transparent in their morality and integrity. 3. The one who comes closest to aligning with the original intent of our constitution. I am going to vote according to these guidelines and leave the results up to God. I will pray for the winner and support them as far as my relationship and conscience with Christ will allow. 
     The history of Israel is littered with results and consequences that come when a nation chooses to reject God and do things their own way. A nation, as well as a church, rises and falls with leadership. A weak leader becomes a puppet in the hands of special interest groups. A strong leader becomes a vessel for God to work through. A weak leader tries to please everyone. A strong leader tries to please God. A weak leader bases his or her decisions on what they believe to be right. A strong leader bases his or her decisions on a standard that has been set and does not change. If people live their lives according to what is right in their own eyes, the only thing you get is a mess. That is what we have. I have never met two people who agree on everything much less an entire nation. That is the reason you must have a set standard that you evaluate your decisions against. I have found the Bible to be the most reliable, independent, consistent source to check my decisions against. The greatest man made document to ever be written is the Constitution, but it NEVER takes precedence over Scripture. The Constitution was constructed by men, the Holy Scripture was breathed by God. The problem with both comes when personal interpretation and opinions take precedence over original intent. 
    I do not know if you ever struggle with these emotions. I want to do what is right and often my search is for absolute truth. There are things the Bible says that I do not like, but I know they are right regardless. My opinion only counts when it lines up with the mind of Christ. I realize my own faults and fallibilities and the tendency to want my own way. The only way I ever make wise decisions is when they have been bathed in prayer and intent study of the Word. I ask you to covet with me to seek God’s face and His will for our nation and church. To fail to do so will have catastrophic consequences. 
In Christ,
Pastor Johnny