No “Safe Zone” This Time

I had thought about beginning this post with an apology for being so political, but the issues at stake in the upcoming election are not just political. They’re Biblical, and I will never apologize for advocating for and defending Biblical principles. At their roots, many of the major problems facing our country are spiritual, moral, and ethical, and we have a responsibility to address them. Let me be clear about one thing. I believe prayer, not politics, is our greatest weapon, but though prayer will always be our primary response, it doesn’t eliminate our responsibilities in the physical realm. Throughout history, God’s people have been threatened by enemies. Sometimes God just sovereignly intervened and gave them victories they didn’t have to fight for. But in the vast majority of cases, His people had to pick up a weapon and engage in the battle. And in our day, at least one of the weapons is a valid, electoral ballot. 

Hijacking the Dream ~
The state of our nation today is a call to action that couldn’t be stronger. The attacks againstBiblical principles that have been bedrock of our Republic since its beginning have been going on for decades, but have never been this open or intense. The “American Dream” has been hijacked and shackled by a spiritually vacuous and morally corrupt collection of elites who can’t figure out what gender they are,choice1 who classify the killing of unborn babies as “healthcare,” and refer to portions of the Word of God as “hate speech”. When we cast our ballot next Tuesday, we’ll be doing more than simply choosing a candidate. We’ll be making a public statement about the values we claim to believe. 

God’s people have never been strangers to challenging times, and in almost every case, the hard times were harbingers of changes that would be coming. In those situations, God also included an opportunity to directly affect the direction those changes would take. Among the lessons we learn is that in order for us to have a positive effect on the nature of the changes that are coming, clear and sober decisions are required. Moses demonstrated that when he had led God’s people to the brink of entering the land God had promised them. He declared before them: 

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live. (Deut. 30:19 NKJV)

Deceived and Seduced ~
Once in the land, they began to feel more secure, and many of God’s people began to listen to the deceitful claims of the false gods and were seduced by the debauchery involved in worshiping them. Joshua eventually issued an ultimatum. There was no way the claims of the idols and the contrasting declarations of the Word of God could both be true, so one or the other had to be abandoned. Joshua’s words were brief and simple. It was to be a yes or no, in or out choice. He said:

Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve (Joshua 24:15 NKJV)

Centuries after that, Elijah called out to God’s morally corrupt, spiritually naive, vacillating people once again and challenged them to make a decision. And again, the choice wasn’t complicated:

How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him. (1 Kings 18:21 NKJV)

Those instances in Biblical history have a few things in common with the situation facing us as we contemplate the choices we will make on Tuesday:

    • The values advocated by the opposing sides were irrevocably incompatible.
    • The mandate to choose was individual, but the collective impact would affect the welfare of their entire nation.
    • The options were clear and understandable. No complex terms were employed, and no ambiguous, nuanced language was involved.
    • The call to decide was immediate. Circumstances were of such urgency that procrastination was not an option.
    • There was no middle ground, no “neutral” place to stand. Refusal to take a positive stand for God constituted yielding to the other side.

Delegated Responsibilities ~
One of the fears plaguing many Christians these days is the threat of being called an “extremist”. The dread of being thrown into that category leads some to escape into the spiritual sounding proclamation that “God is in control.” It looks like safe territory and can be especially tempting when issues arise that choice.3are deemed to be “controversial”. Resorting to that argument may seem like a convenient way out, but the reasoning doesn’t hold up when compared to the Scriptural record. The same God some blithely declare to be “in control” today was also “in control” when Moses, Joshua, and Elijah were around. Yet in those instances, God’s people were called upon to declare their allegiance to Him clearly and publicly. The objective was to ensure that the watching world would not just know where they stood, but also what the God they served was really like. God’s plan has always been to reveal Himself to a lost and dying world through His people so that they might be saved. That has not changed. Timothy expressed God’s desire in that regard with indisputable clarity:

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:3–4 NKJV)

God’s people are entrusted with demonstrating and defending truth. If we approve and embrace the toxic ideas and evil practices of the pagan cultures around them, we impugn His character and send a message to the world that His Word is unreliable. A God who declares Himself to be just and holy, but allows sin without accountability, is no better than the corrupt prosecutors who refuse to apply consequences to criminals. We are called to live our lives and make our choices in a way that reveals God for who He really is. 

Things Not Stated on a Ballot ~
When the polls open on Tuesday, God’s name won’t be on any of the ballots, but the principles and values He affirms will be on every one of them. 

    • Inflation doesn’t sound spiritual, but honest and transparent handling of our resources is. 
    • We won’t see a checkbox with a quote from Deuteronomy, but the physical, psychological, and sexual abuse perpetrated on our children under the guise of education will be up for a vote. 
    • Purposely excluding input from parents while racist perspectives, pornographic material, anti-Christian and anti-family ideas being forced on them in the name of equity and inclusion is more than just a political issue. It is deeply and profoundly spiritual. 

We could add to that such things as the unmerciful attacks that have become almost commonplace on defenseless, innocent people. The unprosecuted career criminals, illegal aliens, and mentally ill people who are roaming our streets make safety a major concern even in smaller cities and neighborhoods. We know that if we take action to defend our homes and families, we might be the ones going to jail. 

I could go on, but if you haven’t been in a coma for the past two years, you’ve already seen what the proliferation of godless policies have done to our beloved country. The issues in this election aren’t complicated, and the choices couldn’t be clearer. We’re confronted with profoundly important issues where there is no middle ground. On at least one occasion, Jesus presented a decision in those same terms. He said this to those questioning His authority: 

He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad. (Matthew 12:30 NKJV)

The decision to stand with Jesus isn’t a political one, but neither do we have the latitude to lay it aside when we go to the polls. If you haven’t already voted, please vote on Tuesday. Beyond that, please pray with us that the Church of Jesus Christ will be blessed with unity like we haven’t seen in our lifetime. May the voice of truth, righteousness, justice, and faith in God reverberate across the land in a way that sends panic attacks through the ranks of evil-doers everywhere. 

And now may God equip each of us with eyes that see deeper than superficial party politics and grant us hearts that refuse to be intimidated. 


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9 Responses to No “Safe Zone” This Time

  1. Pat Markel says:

    WOW!! Thank you for this, Ron! Such an encouraging word in the midst of thousands of hours of television talk! Rev. Dewey Powell forwards your Pen to me via email, I see it on Facebook as well, but I signed up today to get it in my own email. I loved the “Updates Waiting” issue of your Pen, so I printed it and shared it with my Bible Study group. Hope that’s okay! Please keep going! Col. 1:9-12.

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    • Hi, Pat–I just got the notice of your subscription and we’re blessed and humbled by your gracious response. The more challenging the situations that we have to confront become, the more comforting and encouraging it is to know we’re not facing them alone. At least one aspect of the digital age that I love is the way we can connect and support one another even when we’re hundreds of miles apart. You have brought an unexpected bright spot into a middle Tennessee afternoon, and we pray that God will send some unexpected blessings your way for that. May He also continue to grant both of us whatever courage it takes to meet the challenges of these trying times with faith, love, and defiant joy.

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