“In such a time as this in our world. One has to know where they stand on issues that demand an example of that lifestyle. My prayer is that this study will allow you to join with me in a new period of personal reformation saying as the church…Here We Stand… Here We live” -Dr. Garry Baldwin
Romans Study Begins This Sunday, January 14th
Join us as we journey through the book of Romans. Our church wide study begins this Sunday, January 14th at 11am. Pastor Garry has published a devotional study guide which will serve as a weekly guide for families to study God’s word together. Stay tuned as this devotional study guide comes available soon!
I have been asked this question time and time again, especially with this coming election. What shoubility to use their vote to influence our government for the kingdom of God.ld we do as believers? How should a Christian vote? About 4 years ago, I read a book by Dr. Tony Evans about this crucial subject and have been inspired to share some of his thoughts and my own as I read God’s word and interpret them as we near this very important election. I know many have said, this may be the most important election of all time, with the appointment of Supreme Court Justices and I agree. As we studied the book of Revelation and know that we are Living on the Edge of Eternity and near the second coming of our Lord, every election every year will become more important as we seek to be about Kingdom Principals. As a Christian Believer one should enter the voting booth remembering that God is the Sovereign Ruler, that elected officials are ministers appointed by and accountable to God, and that when government moves from God, the greater the chaos in our society. Let me be more exact.
- God is the Sovereign Ruler over all governments and their political leaders (Romans 13:1-2). The foundational truth that should guide all Christians in the voting booth is stated clearly in Romans 13:1, “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” God as the Creator of this world sits alone as the Sovereign Ruler and final governing authority over His creation. This reality also means that God is neither a Democrat nor a Republican. God is the ultimate Independent, ruling over all political parties and groups. God must not be separated from a believer’s involvement or representation in government. The principles of God’s kingdom agenda must inform our politics and our vote. When a Christian casts a vote, he or she should be voting in line with the kingdom of God not a political party.
- Because God rules, political leaders are “ministers” of God and thus they are ultimately accountable to Him whether they believe that or not. (Romans 13:3-4). Since God is the Sovereign ruler over His creation, this means that all other governments and their political leaders should seek to reflect His ultimate rule. This does not mean that all governments will conform to God’s kingdom agenda in decisions and policymaking, but it does mean that any authority they have is established by God, and they will ultimately give account of their rule to God. This also means for Christians that regardless of their personal feelings about a political leader, they must learn to respect the position—since they are serving as a minister or servant of God—even while disagreeing with the person.
- Because God rules, the more a government moves from God, the greater the chaos in society. In Deuteronomy 28, Moses proclaimed a blessing over the nation of Israel “…if you obey the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 28:2). However, the nation was also warned that if they did not obey God and follow His commandments, “…curses will come upon you and overtake you” (Deuteronomy 28:15). These curses amounted to social and environmental chaos through wars, famine, and disease. The removal of God from a society also means the removal of God’s covering of protection. Because of this reality, Christians have a sacred responsi
The only hope for our society is for God to be put back in His rightful place as Sovereign Ruler. It is dependent upon the people of God acknowledging His rule, holding political leaders accountable for their roles as ministers of God, and through their votes moving this nation towards the principles of the kingdom of God. And now, my friends, it is your turn to vote. Will you pray and vote for God’s Kingdom Agenda, or will you let people fool you into separating your Christian Faith and Beliefs from your vote?
Prayerfully voting with you for God’s Kingdom Agenda,
Join us Wednesday evening, December 13th for our Annual Christmas Dinner together. We’ll be serving up a hot dinner at 5:30. We hope to see you there!
*Sign ups are required. Please contact the church office.
We’ll gather before Wednesday Night Worship Service for a Covered Dish Supper. There’ll be LOTS OF GOOD FOOD….bring your favorite recipes to share.