I often think of the old saying "The best offense is a good defense" when watching the political coverage these days. Take for example the Chicago Bears. Now I know that Chicago has never had a Dynasty, however, when the Dynasties of old (Dallas & Pittsburgh) were preparing to meet Chicago they knew that if they were to win, it would not be an easy win. Each and every point on the board for the opposing team is hard fought for and not easily won. We as Christians are called to be soldiers, yes soldiers. Paul gave an analogy in 2Timothy 2:3&4, I really like the Amplified explanation to this one, 4) No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of (civilian) life; his am is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him. Now, to me this is a call to vote, to be about putting God's agenda through. Sitting by and allowing Pro-Choice and Pro-Gay rights leaders to be put in office is not God's orders for his troops. When we sit idly by and allow these things to take place, well then we deserve God's judgment. Many take this verse to mean to not get involved in politics, I do not believe that to be true. By doing nothing we are helping satan get things done. We are to fight the good fight, run to win the race, go and make disciples.
How does all this tie into our military? Giving our front line troops less than the best allows the enemy to cross that line time and time again. Prayer is the best support we can give our troops, first rate equipment is the second best thing. Just as God equips the called, so should we. They are defending our Christian beliefs, if we don't stand up for them, who will stand up for us. Let's face it, this war will be fought, where it is fought depends on the troops currently over there now. Do we really want the protestors fighting it here? Do we really want to be tolerant to the point of living thought what France and England lived through in WWII? I have spoken to soldiers who were over there in the Middle East, the average citizen wants our help, desperately.
Although I will vote pro-life, and take into consideration a verse from 2 Thes 3:10 (For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat), in other words I do not believe in the “share the wealth” theory of one of our political parties. God did not punish Abraham for being wealthy, he did not take away from him to give to those who had nothing. Over and over God talks about being slothful and forward. He even said go to the ant, consider her ways (Pr 6:6). The bottom line for me in this election will be who do I trust most to see to it my second child is best equipped to do the job he was called to do. Remember, God does not call the equipped, He equips the called, and so should we. I think it is time Christians fish or cut bait, in other words get off your blessed assurance and take action. No where in God’s word are we to sit comfortably by and say “as long as I am a gatekeeper in heaven”. Not me, I want to be as close to Him as I can get when I get there. How many others are not getting into heaven because we sat by and let satan’s agenda get passed. We have the opportunity now to actually go to the world. What are we doing with that opportunity? Are we praying for our troops, that they would listen to the chaplains serving with them, have we even covered those chaplains in prayer? Do you know that the old saying “there are no atheists in fox holes” is true, but what about when those troops get out of the foxholes, is there someone there to show them the love of Christ? Are we sending missionaries in, are we covering those missionaries with prayer? Have you adopted a soldier who gets no mail from home, partnered with your church to send that soldier a bible? Have you sent a soldier candy to hand out to the children in the country his is visiting? Whether or not you support this war, you should support our troops, they are Americans, they are fathers, they are mothers, they are our sons and daughters, our brothers and sisters, they need our support. We saw the results of spitting on our soldiers and calling them baby killers 30 years ago, keep in mind our troops were not the ones strapping bombs on children and sending them in to the “enemy’s” camp. Those we are fighting now, hide behind women and children, they enlist women as suicide bombers. They have declared war on Christians. This war has nothing to do with oil, look at where it is being fought, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob walked where this war is being fought. We have been warned (read Rev), do you want God to say to America, “Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting” Dan. 5:27? We as a nation have become fat and lazy, our arteries are clogged with cholesterol and our hears are hardened. We need a good diet of love and compassion (not tolerance), some serious rolling up of our sleeves and applying some elbow grease, and start acting like children of God.
As for the “Share the Wealth policy” read the updated story of the Ant and The Grasshopper.
OLD VERSION The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.
MORAL OF THE STORY:Be responsible for yourself!
MODERN VERSIONThe ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving. CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Kermit the Frog appears on prime time with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, It’s Not Easy Being Green. Others exclaim in interviews that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper and call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
Finally, there is drafted the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.
A law firm represents the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of judges. The ant loses the case.
The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around him because he doesn’t maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow. The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.
MORAL OF THE STORY:Morals? We don’t need any morals!