Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Boatnic

BoatnicToday, we had a potluck lunch after church.  We had originally planned to have a picnic, but decided to have our meal on a boat on the Niger River instead.  A great time has had by all.  The food and fellowship were wonderful and our time on the boat was perfect.  It’s still be pretty hot every day, but out on the river a cool breeze made for a very pleasant afternoon.

Boatnic MealSadly, it was also a time to say goodbye to several people in our church who will be leaving Mali – some for a few months, while others will be permanently relocated to other countries. That’s life in the itinerant world of international ministry.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Choose Wisely

This year's presidential election in the U.S. is unprecedented. It's become a media circus that is more focused on entertainment and ratings rather than political solutions.

Most people are viewing this election as a choice between the lesser of two evils. As Christians, we are called to righteousness - NOT the lesser of two evils. A vote for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil. There are other options. When we vote, God does not want us to vote for who we think will win, nor who we think has the possibility of winning - this is peer pressure. We are to vote our conscience. Believe it or not, there are 1,950 U.S. Presidential candidates registered with the Federal Election Commission. Certainly, one of them shares our Christian values and beliefs.

Voting for the lesser of two evils means we don't have confidence in God's sovereignty and control of the election. It also means we are willing to compromise our values and settle for evil. In the end, God isn't going to question why we didn't vote along party lines or for the second worst candidate that had the best chance of winning. He's going to hold us responsible for making decisions based on His values, not the world's values.

Don't accept the lie that you're throwing your vote away by voting for what you believe rather than who people are telling you to vote for. Make your vote count for something MUCH bigger and better. Focus your eyes away from the world and towards the Kingdom. As an American, stand up for your right to vote what YOU believe. As a Christian, stand up for God's values that are much different than the world's values.

The Bible is full of stories and testimonies of men and women who stood up against public and government pressure when asked to compromise their Godly values. Daniel specifically comes to mind. Let us go into this election with the faith and courage of Daniel to stand against a system that's asking us to compromise and accept evil. Let us stand strong knowing that our God is capable of the impossible.

It's time to turn off CNN, Fox, ABC, BBC, CNBC, etc., and turn to the Bible and prayer when selecting a candidate. There are some very good, Godly candidates out there. As Americans, we have the special honor and privilege to vote for what we believe as individuals. We don’t accept second best – after all, we are One Nation Under God. Let’s live like it. It begins with you.