- A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE
Our friend Mark Pendergrass commented thoughtfully on our last post,
Christians and Government. Here are his words and our response.
Great article. Thanks so much for taking the time to articulate such valuable truth.
My favorite verse in the New Testament —(if you haven’t read the book yet, it’s a must read)—is about personal conduct, yours and mine, in our labor, our homes, our community, our nation and our world.
The words are right from the mouth of Christ Jesus, in the parable of the ten servants. The verse is simple, clean, concise. Four words in the English language:
“Occupy until I return” ( Luke 19:13).
Other translations show us that Jesus’ meaning of the word Occupy in this instance is to negotiate from smaller to greater; to advance continuously; constantly trading up.
The opposite of occupy is to lie idle; to have recourse but do nothing; to fail to use whatever resources available to advance, strengthen, bring betterment, and increase.
In this day in history, we have been given something that many past generations and cultures have never possessed. It’s a gift; a resource: The right and privilege to cast our vote; the right and privilege to encourage others in the best way to cast their vote, in determining who will oversee the welfare of their nation, its health, prosperity, leadership, wisdom and direction in preserving justice, peace, safety, and the freedom to share Good News to the world.
Wow. What a gift.
Mark D. Pendergrass
Jimmy and Carol:
Thanks for that insight, Mark. A vote is a precious gift, bought and maintained by blood, sweat and tears, but it’s not only a gift but also a responsibility.
In this parable the ten servants were entrusted with a charge to do business with their master’s money while he was away. The wise ones returned it with increase and were rewarded. The one who buried his was punished. He got what he deserved.
(Our favorite translation of this is from the Wycliffe Hawaii Pidgin Bible: The master says “Aowe! You one poho worker! You one lazy buggah!”)
The election facing us now is arguably the most vital one in our lifetimes.
Many of us may find ourselves voting for a person we never dreamed we would vote for.
But please, let’s don’t lose heart and throw away our vote because we don’t like the candidates. A vote is a terrible thing to waste.
God is in control, and he can raise up one and pull down another. He can use a leader, with or without conversion, to answer the prayers of his people, as he did with Cyrus, Nebuchadnezzar and other biblical rulers.
Research the candidates, not just for President.
Explore the issues:
Are you for:
• Abortion on demand, paid for by taxpayers
• Special rights for LGBTQs at the expense of others
• Criminalization of Christian speech
• Indoctrination of school children in secular humanism and sexual techniques
• Enforced sharing of unisex toilets and locker rooms
• Expulsion of God from public discourse
• Defunding of universities that refuse to promote Political Correctness
• Destruction of unit morale in our armed forces
• And on and on?
That may sound extreme, but every one of those things is already happening, and they are the goals of the radical left.
With one or two more liberal progressive Supreme Court appointees installed for life, we could soon be past the point of no return.
So, please don’t waste your vote.
Get other believers to vote.
Whoever wins, our country will go through some tough times. The Bible says that in the last days perilous times shall come (2 Timothy 3:1). Those times have begun, and we can expect them to increase.
But let’s pray that those hard times will lead to national repentance and the restoration of righteousness in our land.
Jesus is Lord!
Quote for the Day:
“Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated religious beliefs have to be changed.”
Hillary Clinton, Speech at the Women’s World Summit, April 23, 2015
Are you okay with that?