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Backing up a bit to my previous post, there are two somethings else, very important, about God, before I speak of his character.

“In the beginning, God…” (Genesis 1:1) (The triunity of God, Father and Son and Holy Spirit, is a study in itself, and, to me, wondrous and inexplicable at the same time. It will not be addressed here.)

Joh 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” God and His Word are one.

So, as I relate to God on a daily basis, it seems that as I ingest His Word each day I am partaking of that same “food to eat” of which Jesus spoke: Joh 4:32 “But He said to them, ‘I have food to eat of which you do not know.'”

The Word of God – not “my inner voice,” not “my feelings,” not my innate intelligence – is the most dependable source of direction for my life: Psa 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”

Joh 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus was/is that Word, become flesh, and as I read and (more importantly) do the Word, the more like Him I become.

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What comes to my mind when I think of “God”?
First, I guess, that HE IS, He exists. No doubt in my mind.
Next, that He is there. Where? There, here. Where I am. He has His eye on me; not spying, but like a good parent keeps an eye on his child. That’s all there, without a conscious thought.

When I begin to think about God, He expands, gets bigger. He’s still here, but at the same time, as I actually ponder, He is everywhere. He is beyond the Universe; He is infinite. He contains or perhaps infuses everything, from every star down to every molecule.

Time. We track time; perhaps He does also, but not as we do, for He, unlike we are, is not constrained by time. Not only is He infinite in space, but in time as well. Perhaps I am slow in learning of someone’s physical need. They’re already in Recovery, but I’m unaware. Too late to pray? No! My prayer enters the infinity of time and space in which God “resides.” It may be as effectual as a prayer offered at their bedside prior to surgery. “Lazarus, come forth!”

That He is, and “where” He is, comes first. It is after this point that I can then think about what He is like, the attributes He revealed to Moses, and which are spoken of in the Twenty-third psalm.

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As Christians, we are to be “in the world, but not of it,” meaning that, in a nutshell, those things treasured by the world should not be our treasures and we should not be focused on them, and that we shouldn’t do things the world’s way but according to the Bible. Some would use Second Timothy 2:4 as an excuse not to involve themselves in the voting process: “No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” Others will point to Second Peter 2:20, “For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.”

In each of the above Scriptures, the words “entangles” and “entangled” are forms of the word meaning “to braid.” In that respect, you should exercise caution: Christians are in this world and must function in it, but they should not become so tightly entwined with the cares of this world that they become one with them. To do so will not only leave less room for the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to operate in your life, it will choke out what Word is in you, making it ineffective: “Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful” (Mark 4:18-19 NKJV). Here, “choke” does not mean to inhibit, but to “strangle completely.”

All of the above having been said, here’s my take on a Christian’s place in politics:

As noble as it sounds to want to inject some of your morality into politics, the truth is that you will wind up having to compromise your principles; others will “leaven” you rather than the other way around. Don’t even think of running for elected office. Pray.

As for supporting a candidate, since you’d be doing them more harm than good, I wouldn’t vote for one who calls themselves Christian. Are you already spending so much time in the Bible and in prayer that you can use the time granted you to campaign for an unbeliever? Again, the answer is probably no. Pray.

At last, we arrive at voting. God has placed you in a nation where you are allowed to vote. Voting, frankly, is a pain in the neck. To do it right you can’t be lazy and you can’t rely on the Lamestream Media to give you the facts; true reporting, if it ever existed, is a thing of the past. It takes little time and trouble to go on the Net, look up their history, what they’ve said in the past, and (if they have one) their voting record. Just do it. Skip a little Facebook time, a little Twitter time, and just do the unpleasant thing. Be a patriot and expend a little energy trying to keep your country from going down the tubes, from being led by those who are just the noisiest and the most active. Ignore how a candidate makes you “feel.” The candidate is not running to become your favorite singer.

Don’t let it steal your peace or joy; don’t let it suck you in, but yes, do vote. (But only if you first expend your own energy learning whom to vote for.) And above all, pray. (First Thessalonians 5:17)

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