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Passion Must Never Become Hatred

President Barack Obama speaks from the on the ...Our nation and our state faces a crossroad unlike any in its history.  Financial bankruptcy is a real threat if we continue spending as we are and morally one can argue our nation has never been so low.  We continue to turn our backs on God as a nation—the God who has blessed us with abundance for more than two hundred years.  Unless we as a people repent of our wicked ways, God may one day soon decide he has had enough—and things will deteriorate rapidly.

The American people face some critical elections in the coming months that will shape the future of our nation.  Passions are running high on both sides of the political spectrum, but as Christians we must never allow our passions to become hatred of any candidate or anyone we disagree with.

As Christians we are called to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ, turning our backs on the desires and passions of this world—desires and passions that can lead to eternal spiritual death.  Yet we care deeply about this nation and our hearts break as we see her drifting from God and making decisions that will financially cripple coming generations with massive debt.  We get very passionate in sharing our views on what needs to be done to salvage our nation.

But as Christians, we forfeit our rights to hate any man.  We are not allowed to hate Obama, Romney, Walker or whomever.  In reality we are instructed to pray for our leaders, regardless of our personal or political feelings about them.  Is this easy?  I can tell you it is not easy for me.  I get angry when I see millions of children aborted every year; I get angry when I see radical homosexual advocates threatening to dismantle God’s truth and foundation on marriage.  I get angry when I see our political leaders spending money we do not have on useless projects.

But as a Christian, I forfeit my right to allow this anger to become hatred.  No matter how vehemently I may disagree with what this current administration is doing to this nation, I am not permitted as a Christian to hate our leaders.  In fact, I am commanded to love them.

Now, loving a leader we disagree with does not mean we blindly support them.  We must stand on biblical principles when we vote.  We vote as we believe God would want us to vote—but we must be very careful that hatred does not get a foothold in our hearts.  If it does, we are no better than those we oppose.  Jesus loved us when we hated Him—we must do no less for those who oppose us as Christians.

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4 Responses to “Passion Must Never Become Hatred”

  1. Mr Davis #

    It's funny the very thing that causes division "Voting" is what we promote as a means of promoting self governance. What part of this makes sense? Are we supposed to do this? It is what we are bound to by the constitution to facilitate the change in leadership but are we to participate in it. Abortion is legal also but we recognize it as murder.

    Even if we write somebody in we are still choosing between men who according to the Bible are all Morally Evil! Folks I am wholly torn on this.

    James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

    10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said , Do not commit adultery , said also, Do not kill . Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill , thou art become a transgressor of the law.

    If we take Daniel's testimony of Nebuchadnezzar's confession as true in Daniel Chapter 4. Truly it is God who sets up and tears down even if it is just for discipline.

    And here In First Corinthians 4

    yea, I judge not mine own self. 4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified : but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come , who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. 6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

    Do we cherish our rights more than we cherish God's command?

    We have a job to do and it has absolutely nothing to do with the constitution nor does it depend on the constitution. It doesn't depend on your circumstances no matter what that may look like. Free or Slave, Bound or unbound, torchured or in comfort, rich or poor, illness or health: we are to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Only Begotten of the Father, who died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried with the rich and was raised from the Dead according to the Scriptures. This this is what we must proclaim. This is our work!

    April 23, 2012 at 5:46 AM
  2. Mike Lemay #

    david, love the "Star Wars" comment. You are so right that it is difficult what is useful vs. useless spending. it is often in the eye of the beholder. Oh, that one day we would return to a stricted interpretation of the powers of our government, but that cat may be out of the bag.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:12 AM
  3. David J. Conklin #

    >I get angry when I see our political leaders spending money we do not have on useless projects.

    Did you start back at Star Wars? Have fun trying to define "useless."

    April 23, 2012 at 4:03 AM