Political Battles are Spiritual Battles

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Jul 29, 2019 Comments Off on Political Battles are Spiritual Battles phil During the 2018 MidTerm Election Cycle, I purchased billboards, with personal funds, in several cities in the Southern U.S. What did the Billboards say? They simply said: "Christians have a Biblical Responsibility to Vote. Please go vote in November." Why did I do that? The answer is because I personally don't believe that Christians are as involved in the political process in America as they should be. I recently had a life-long Christian say that they had never ever been politically active. I couldn't really understand that....

I believe that because Christians haven't been involved in the political process in America, we have seen our Christian values come under constant and persistent attacks in all facets of our legislative bodies of government. Why do we still have wide-spread abortions and laws recognizing the unnatural marriage of members of the same sex? Maybe it is because that we Christians haven't been engaged enough in the affairs of our country.

However, there is hope that Christians are waking up to the fact that political battles are, in these modern times, actually really spiritual battles in disguise. In the book "God and Donald Trump" by Stephen Strang, Stephen states that during the 2016 Presidential Election Donald Trump received more votes by Evangelical Christians than any other President in the history of our country. To me, that is extremely encouraging.

There has been some debate in recent decades as to whether or not America was founded on Christian Principles. Well, the evidence is overwhelmingly obvious if you research the history of the formation of our nation. Several groups of people coming to the shores of our country during the 1600's and 1700's made compacts and covenants with God that they would try to make their new country a Christian nation.

The Mayflower Compact is a good example of that. The Pilgrims arriving on the ship Mayflower decided to compact with each other a social agreement/compact to establish order in the new world. So on November 11, 1620 they drafted and signed the Mayflower Compact that states: "IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid: And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Officers, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience. IN WITNESS whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape-Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, Anno Domini; 1620.

In our founding documents, Thomas Jefferson wrote about the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God. Benjamin Franklin once wrote: "I believe in one God, Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That he ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable Service we render to him, is doing Good to his other Children. That the Soul of Man is immortal, and will be treated with Justice in another Life respecting its Conduct in this." Also, according to the organization "The Wallbuilders," 29 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were trained in schools whose primary mission was for the preparation of Christian Ministers. Many of the founders believed the Holy Scripture that states in Psalm 33:12 - "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."

So, with America's obvious commitment to creating a nation where people were free to worship God, came great prosperity throughout our history. In my personal opinion, America has flourished because we made God a priority in our society. I also believe that America was created by God to evangelize the rest of the world; to spread the Good News of God's love for humanity. Since our short existence as a nation, more of the world has learned of God's love than in any other time in the history of the world. In my opinion, that is exactly why our modern political battles are actually being waged as spiritual battles. This battle of Good vs. Evil is still being played out in modern America. America must win this spiritual battle for survival. Christians must engage in politics to help preserve our American/Christian way of life. IMG_0604

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