LOWER 9TH WARD, November 5, 2012 – Before the headline makers your blood pressure go up, make sure you know what the term NOMINAL means. The definition (according to Webster.com) means: “…existing or being something in name or form only.”
In other words, a nominal Christian is someone who wears the title of being a Christian, but does not necessarily live according to that standard. If you strive to put your faith in to practice; relax: most (if not all) of the following does not apply to you.
If you are not a Christian, you are welcome to read this article. But be advised that you’re reading someone else’s mail. I direct the thrust of this column to those who identify with the Christian faith: Some are genuine; some are not.
As important as the 2012 election is to our nation, I wanted to direct my attention towards those voters who readily identify with Christianity. The key distinction will be between those who embrace the biblical principles of their faith as an unyielding conviction, and those whose motives change based on personal convenience or the political wind.
Test #1: When I am aware of voter fraud, I take the attitude that it’s a normal part of the process. I don’t cheat on a personal basis, but I don’t mind if cheating by others helps my political party or candidate win the election.
Answer to #1: As a Christian, you know that cheating is what your bible refers to as a FALSE SCALE (or balance): “A false balance is something that the LORD hates…” (Proverbs 11:1)
Test #2: I believe the government should not make it mandatory for those on unemployment to actively seek employment. Really???
Answer to #2: As a Christian, if you believe in giving government handouts without reciprocal action of at least actively seeking employment, you are encouraging others to act contrary to what the bible says: “For six days out of the week, you should do your work.” (Exodus 20:9) There is also another mandate to those who are able to work, but are too lazy to do so: “…this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10)
Test #3: I feel that someone who is a Democrat hates the U.S. Constitution, and wants the government to control everything.
Answer to #3: Christianity does not look at the person’s social or political affiliation and automatically write them off. JoAnna, was the wife of Chuzza, King Herod’s steward. King Herod was by today’s standard: Liberal. You could liken Chuzza to the top chef at the White House (under First Lady, Michelle Obama).
Even though JoAnna’s husband served under King Herod, she (JoAnna) closely followed Jesus’ ministry on earth, and also contributed financially to help support Jesus’ ministry. Give everyone an opportunity to show who they are; don’t be quick to assume what they stand for. Christianity follows the principle: “Let a man be swift hear, slow to speak; slow to anger.” (James 1:19)
Test #4: Even though I have never been to a Tea Party rally, I have no problem telling others that the Tea Party (as a whole) is racist, and that any candidate associated with the Tea Party encourages racist behavior on the part of others. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence that the Republican party is racist, bigoted, homophobic, doesn’t care about the poor, and hates minorities.
Answer to #4: We have heard the mantra that those associated with the Tea Party are racist and bigoted. While there are documented (and isolated) instances of individuals whose actions have racist overtones, the overwhelming evidence suggests the opposite. Those who repeat a rumor without solid corroborating evidence are, in essence, helping to perpetuate a lie. As a Christian, the bible explicitly states that someone who passes a rumor along without supporting evidence is a TALEBEARER. “Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ends. (Proverbs 26:20).
Test #5: I am personally against abortion, but I believe that a woman has the right to choose what happens to her own body.
Answer to #5: Well, you’re half right in this one. A woman does have the right to choose what she can do to her own body. However, in abortion, the woman is choosing to do something to SOMEONE ELSE’S body. There are also a myriad of other things that come into play in the abortion issue.
Scientific studies have concluded that the incidence of cancer in women is over 40% higher in women who have had an abortion. And if you give a conservative estimate of at least 10% of women not honestly disclosing a prior abortion, you are then confronted with a staggering statistic of OVER HALF of all women who have had an abortion will contract one form of cancer or another.
This is an obvious question of honesty vs. deception in the abortion industry. How many women are left to deal with the horrific consequences of guilt and depression after learning about the true physical and physiological results of abortion? How many of these same women would have chosen another option (adoption, or sacrificing to raise the child despite the odds)? We may never know these answers.
But one thing is certain: As a Christian, there are foundational biblical truths that are ultimately the best answer. “…therefore choose life, that both you and your offspring may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
When you say one thing and do another, your actions betray what you say you stand for. The bible, which is the ultimate authority for professing Christians, plainly states that God’s Name is blasphemed among unbelievers (i.e.: the Gentiles) as a direct result of their double-standard: “For the Name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.” (Romans 2: 24)
Given the fact that the United States of America has over 315 million citizens, and over 75% identify with Christianity, the above narrative underscores the need for this very important bloc of voters to literally practice what they preach. The bottom line is: Make your political choices accordingly.
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