In my previous blog about my politics, I went on record as saying that I hold certain convictions that are based on the Bible, which I believe to be the word of God, and that I will vote in ways that are consistent with those convictions. I said that I will address how that applies to supporting political candidates and parties, and I will.
But first things first. I need to quote some relevant Scriptures at this point. Some may not see how these quotes are relevant at first, but hopefully, they will later.
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” [Proverbs 14:34, NKJV]
This is a fundamental principle of life for us. If we want to see our nation lifted up, then we must follow after righteousness, a state of being just and right. And this standard of righteousness was laid out for us. Again, God’s word provides the standard. Sin, on the other hand (again, as defined by God in His word), will bring shame. This is a key point: God is the one who defines righteousness, and sin.
Unfortunately, millions upon millions of Americans have bought into the mindset that standards for our nation should not be based on the Bible. A certain subset of those subscribing to this mindset maintain that if Biblical standards are to be referenced at all in our politics, those standards should be used as guidelines, and not be viewed as absolutes. Accordingly, they maintain that the Bible must therefore be reinterpreted in light of our societal standards. In this humanistic, non-absolute view of the Bible, one man’s opinion is as good as the next, no matter how conflicting those diverse opinions happen to be.
As I’ve already said, I believe the Bible, and in its claims for itself. I don’t believe that the Bible is a mere collection of myths and oral traditions concocted and codified by men. And so I say again: God is the one who defines righteousness, and sin. And He has done so in His word.
Now just to be clear, I’m not talking about certain doctrines of theology, or church polity or the like. I’m talking about what constitutes righteous behavior as it pertains to the morality of our nation. And there are at least two hot topics of the day, moral issues that are directly addressed in Scripture: abortion and homosexual perversion.
The Bible refers to both of these issues in no uncertain terms, calling them sin, perversion and an abomination. Hollywood and certain political parties will tell you different. They generally say one of two things instead. One lie they spread is that the Bible has been misinterpreted on these controversial points. The other lie they spread is that the Bible is not God’s word, that it is instead a mere collection of myths and oral tradition, and therefore should not be taken as authoritative in these matters.
Those who say such things are spreading lies (some intentionally, others perhaps unintentionally) about Biblical teaching. It is beyond the scope of this blog to present an in depth exposition on what the Bible does teach on these subjects. But suffice it to say here that the Bible is absolutely clear on these points, using terms like “abomination” and “perversion” to describe them. And Scriptural principles further guide us in what our response should be to those that would pervert truth and attempt to deceive us.
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” [Isaiah 5:20, NKJV]
“May it not be! Rather, let God be true, and every man a liar, as it is written, ‘That may you be vindicated in your words, and may prevail in being judged.’” [Romans 3:4, LGO]
Again, many in our nation do not agree with my views on all of this. To bring that even closer to home, not every one of my friends, or even everyone in my family agrees with what I’ve written here. That makes me sad, but it doesn’t change my faith or my convictions, or how I apply those convictions to matters of supporting candidates, affiliating with political parties and voting.
Speaking of which, I will go on the record about all of that in my next blog in this series.