I’m trying to figure out why I have written so many articles over the last three or four years and had almost no response from my Christian brothers and sisters concerning these articles.
The problem throughout Christianity in America is that many Christians lack participation in prevention of movements to curtail or stop anything of a Christian nature or values in public places, i.e., prayer, display of the Ten Commandments, Pledge of Allegiance (under God) and other long-established traditions prevailing in our country today.
In the past, various men of God have said that the “devil has been doing his best to rid America of Christianity.” This statement alone should have been enough to get Christians on their feet to let Satan know that “enough is enough.” Remember that the First Amendment to our Constitution states that we have freedom of speech. In other words, there is no excuse for not participating, my Christian brothers and sisters. God is still in control, but I'm quite sure that he wants us, as Christians, to participate not only in prayer but also to activate his word into motion.
Ezekiel 33:6: “But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.” Biblical prophecy is serious. Biblical prophecy reveals the grief in God’s heart.
It is quite difficult for me to believe that more than six million self-described “evangelical Christians” would vote for a president who supports abortion on demand, supports the same-sex marriage ballot initiatives that succeeded in Maryland, Maine and Washington. Did those self-professed “believers” surrender their biblical convictions on the critical issues to begin with? This is what happens when the church (the body of believers) is weak and fails to disciple new believers to turn biblical faith into action.
What in the world is a Christian? Who knows? The commonly accepted definition is: “One who follows Christ, believes in him, turns his life over to him and has faith to believe Christ lives in him and guides him.
What are Christian's convictions? Who knows? Who is really saved? We are not to judge, so we do not know. But the Bible says, “By their fruits they are known”
Col. 1:10: “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”
So, if you are a Bible-believing Christian, you must abhor abortion, same-sex marriage, living together out of wedlock, excessive use of alcohol and/or drugs, including prescription drugs. There are many more “no-no’s.”
But there are even more “yes-yes’s.” Number one is having a clear conscience because you are following biblical teachings.
The point is, if you are a practicing Christian, would you vote for a president who advocates and pushes abortion, same-sex marriage, living together out of wedlock (for whatever reason) and “living on the dole”?
For those “Christians” who voted for President Obama, we must say that they better look up their “convictions” and maybe they should have the courage to follow them as Christ has guided them. We are quite sure he did not guiding them to vote for one who advocates the killing of unborn babies.
Review your convictions! What do you really believe? If you believe the above-mentioned questions are your real convictions, then do nothing. If you do not believe them, then make your convictions known. Maybe someone is just waiting for you to tell them.
The Revs. Andrew and Winona Ranhosky are residents of Chester.