We hold these truths to be self-evident...
Updated: Jul 1, 2020
The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” If we lose our Constitutional Republic and our #Constitution, the “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” imputed unalienably by our Creator, will be replaced by whatever the government chooses. All rights will come from the government and God will no longer be part of the equation. If there is no Constitution, there is no First Amendment. If there is no First Amendment, then there is no guarantee of religious freedom. We will have the same governmental structure as Russia (i.e. a Socialist Democracy). A vote for the Democratic party in November (whose platform purposefully excluded God) is a vote for the end of America and our religious freedom. Please understand I am not condemning Democrats. Many Democrats are just as frustrated with the present leadership in Washington as Republicans. One would hope, then, that a blind partisanship at the cost of our Republic and the loss of freedoms would be unthinkable. Most Americans don’t want “Emergency Proclamation” lifestyles to become our destiny. America is presently living under #Socialism, and most of us don’t like it!
According to an article in One News Now, “Dr. Al Mohler – president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – indicated on his podcast ‘Ask Me Anything’ last week that he will probably vote for Donald Trump in 2020 after publicly opposing him in 2016: ‘He has been more consistent in pro-life decisions, executive orders … than any president of the United States of any party … in the quality of appointments he's made to the federal judiciary, which will far outlive any presidency.’” The article also quotes Evangelical Apologist, Dr. Alex McFarland, who contends, “It's hard to overstate the importance of the upcoming election – particularly when taking into account recent actions among the leadership of the Democratic Party. What they could not accomplish constitutionally they are trying to accomplish pandemically by taking away our civil liberties. Now more than ever it is imperative that the president get re-elected." I whole-heartedly agree.
In opposition to political engagement, some quote 1 Timothy 1:4 which states, “…nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith” (NKJV). Paul, however, was talking about Christian doctrine juxtaposed to Jewish doctrine. Never does Paul suggest that one should not be engaged, to the degree that he is able, in influencing his culture. In Matthew 5:13, Jesus asserts, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men” (NKJV). An early Christian could do little regarding Roman occupation (much like a Conservative Republican in New York or California today), but Christians within their sphere of influence were to be markedly different from the world (John 15; 1 Timothy 2:9). We are to pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:2), and in #America, we have the privilege to vote for our leaders. Proverbs 29:2 says it plainly, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan” (NKJV). The implication of Proverbs 29:2 is that, as a Christian, one’s vote should be informed, and Biblically based. Therefore, knowing the Word and understanding the political landscape is crucial and specifically germane to living one’s life of faith
'Pastor Gary Schlenz