Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Do we need a "Christian" President?

Why are we so surprised that there is no "Christian" candidate for the presidency? Our American forefathers forwarded a Christian agenda and were blessed for it, but a nation in which the government's leader is also God's appointed leader has not existed since the days of Solomon. Even the men God raised to the heights of political power in the Scriptures (Joseph, Daniel, etc.) were put in place NOT to aid the world, but specifically the people of God.

Isaiah told the people that a new government was coming (Isaiah 9:6-7) with a Leader we could fully trust. This kingdom has been established and is fully and properly functioning, but "is not of this world" (John 18:36). Herein lies the point of confusion for so many who are focusing on what Barack Obama or Mitt Romney does, rather than on what Christ is doing.

Come November, I will vote for Mitt Romney because his sense of morality is much closer to the Scriptures than our current President. Some are worried that he will push a "Mormon agenda." I could care less about any such plan he might have. The Lord is still on His throne. "There is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God" (Romans 13:1). If the gates of Hades cannot overpower Christ's kingdom (Matthew 16:18), then neither will a Mormon or socialist agenda.

Certainly I want the best leader for the American government possible. This is where I live, and the decisions made by such a man will affect my family. I will vote for the man who most closely mirrors God's moral values ... but that is as far as my involvement can go. My real citizenship lies elsewhere (Philippians 3:20), having surrendered my full allegiance to Jesus Christ. "No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier" (2 Timothy 2:4).

It is a mistake for us to so thoroughly involve ourselves in a world from which Christ died to remove us (Colossians 1:13; 3:2). Our primary allegiance is not to a man labeled as Commander-in-Chief, but to "the King of kings" (1 Timothy 6:15) who has been given "the name which is above every name" (Philippians 2:9).

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