Make decisions based on God’s Word, not money.
D. L. Moody once said, “Character is what you are in the dark.” To have “proven character” (Romans 5:4) you must make those difficult decisions based on the Word of God, even when no one but God knows what you did. It means you MANY times take a financial loss for sticking to a biblical principle. Otherwise, we are no different than someone who makes money their God.
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang. —1 Timothy 6:10
What do you think of American Christians who are politically active? Jesus never once rebuked Herod or Caesar. Aren’t we supposed to “follow” Jesus’ example?
Yes, we are to follow Jesus, but there is a huge difference in the Roman government and the United States government. In the Roman Empire, most ordinary citizens could not affect the outcome of who would rule over them. In the United States, the people rule, and there are, by the grace of God, choices!
The Bible commands us to be good stewards of that which God gives us.
And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? —Luke 12:42
So, as good stewards, Americans are commanded to at least be politically active by exercising their right to vote. The U.S. constitution was designed “for the people.” And common sense tells you to vote for candidates that best reflect God’s truth.
And if God motivates you to run, you should run in a Christ-like manner. And if it is OK to run, it’s OK to support someone who you feel would best represent you in the government. And WHOEVER is elected, your candidate or another, you are to pray for them to exercise Godly judgment in their decisions.
Having said all that, we must always remember to keep our priorities in order. We are on this earth, as a priority, to glorify God, not to effect social change. That may happen, but it’s not the priority.
. . . whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. —1 Corinthians 10:31
Remember, God is always in control of every situation. That means every earthly King, or president of a country, is given and/or allowed by God!
. . . power is mine. By Me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. By Me, princes rule . . . —Proverbs 8:14-16
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