It’s time to choose

It’s done.

Despite ardent opposition by a majority of Americans, despite no authority under the Constitution, despite no authority under the laws of nature, Democrats in Congress passed a bill they call “healthcare reform” — that essentially enslaves all Americans — on a day worldnetdaily.com calls “Bloody Sunday 2010.”

Democrats laud the vote as an “historic event.” Perhaps many of them voted in favor of the bill in a fit of euphoria, carried away with being part of something “historic.”

Let me remind you, Pearl Harbor was an “historic event.” So was the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. So was the pandemic between 1348 and 1350 that came to be known as the “Black Death.” In the sense that all of these things are “historic” I will have to agree, Bloody Sunday 2010 was, indeed, an historic day.

But regardless of all the reasons it should not have happened, it has happened. In light of this I have a question for Christians who recognize this as the step toward tyranny that it is: Where is your hope?

Where is your hope, brethren? Is it in the possibility that the Senate will not accept the House changes, thereby stopping the bill? Is it in the possibility that the next election will see a massive defeat of Democrats, enabling Republicans to mount an effective effort to repeal the bill? Is it in the possibility that states will pass laws nullifying the bill?

If your hope is in any of these things you likely feel powerless to do anything about the situation. Democrats have already demonstrated their resolve in legislating against the will of the people. It is likely this oligarchy will continue to ignore the pleas of the citizenry, the demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and the volumes of letters, e-mails and telephone calls from constituents telling them to kill this bill.

Our hope is grossly misplaced if we have it in anything with as little power as this.

Where, then, should we place our faith? You already know the answer.

Our faith belongs in the one who is all powerful, sovereign over all the universe — yes, even over the affairs of nations. Consider…

“For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted.” — Psalm 47:7-9

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings;” — Daniel 2:20-21

He removes kings and sets up kings — even the bad ones. Why? So that he might be glorified.

“For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” — Romans 9:17

Dear believer, from the moment God quickens our hearts to be alive to the Gospel our one and only focus should be His glory. We should be concerned only with His will — in our lives and in the world.

Yes, what is taking place in Washington is contrary to the foundations of this nation as articulated by the men who founded it. So what?

Ultimately, God — and God alone — raised the United States up to what it has been and what it is. The United States is God’s to do with as He will. Do we pray that God will restore America to her former glory? We can. But that betrays a heart NOT focused on God. Instead the prayer of God’s elect should be that HE be glorified in whatever HE determines to do.

If it means America is restored — so be it.

If it means America is destroyed — so be it.

The questions we all need to ask ourselves are these:

  • Are we more concerned with God’s glory or America’s?
  • Are we more concerned with our liberty or our witness?
  • To we consider ourselves a citizen of the United States or a member of God’s Kingdom?

It’s time to choose.

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

2 Responses to It’s time to choose

  1. A.K. Sanders says:

    You have associated your faith with the views of republicans. To any non-critical thinker, it would seem as though God was a republican. You constantly remind the audience that they have only one allegiance, which is to God. Yet, you play up their egos. Perhaps you were not aware of your own style, but I hope you see this now.

  2. Chip says:

    A.K.,

    You claim I have “associated” my faith “with the views of republicans” — perhaps you could could be more specific because I think you may have missed the point of my post. I think, if you read the posts in my archives, you will find I have been equally critical of Republicans and Democrats. Indeed, the intent of this blog is not to advocate the views of any political party but rather to hold all political views up to the scrutiny of Scripture and, hopefully, inspire Christians to focus on the eternal rather than the temporal.

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