LESSONS IN SCRIPTURE: “We’re Electing A Leader, Not A Pastor”

In my first post, I addressed something I have been hearing Trump supports — who claim to be Christians — have been saying to defend their support of Trump (LESSONS IN SCRIPTURE: Trump Supporters And The Cry Of ‘God Uses Sinners’ Reveals Christian Ignorance!).  In this post, I’d like to address something I’ve been hearing a lot of Christians telling me in support of whoever they favor: “We’re electing a leader, not a pastor.”  If you are a Christian, and you have ever found yourself agreeing with this sentiment, you might want to give this a quick read.

You can tell yourself that God does not exist, and that this is not a Christian nation — but God’s Word and the confessions of this nation’s founders testify against you.   And, even if you do believe and are a Christian, you can tell yourself that this does not bind us to vote for Christians to lead this nation — but God’s Word and the confessions of this nation’s founders testify against you.  You see, this nation was founded upon Biblical principles and dedicated — by its leaders — to the God of the Bible.  When Washington did this, he bound our fate to how well we follow and obey those principles.

Faith, the Culture, and other Small Topics

“Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained: And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”

Therefore, we should head the Lord’s warning about what happens to a nation that breaks its covenant with Him — even the nation He loves most:

(Hosea 8:1-3)

Sound the alarm!
An eagle looms over the temple of the Lord!
For they have broken their covenant with me,
and have rebelled against my law.
Israel cries out to me,
“My God, we acknowledge you!”
But Israel has rejected what is morally good;
so an enemy will pursue him.

So, how does this apply to picking our leaders?  It applies because God expects His people to pick Godly leaders, and to seek His counsel — and not our own — in picking them.  When we do not do this, the nation will suffer:

The Political and Cultic Sin of Israel (Hosea 8:4-6)

They enthroned kings without my consent!
They appointed princes without my approval!
They made idols out of their silver and gold,
but they will be destroyed!
O Samaria, he has rejected your calf idol!
My anger burns against them!
They will not survive much longer without being punished,
even though they are Israelites!

God destroyed Israel for picking leaders who did not fear Him or honor His Laws.  They chose their ways and trusted in what they thought was their own wealth, created through their own works.  They forgot that everything comes from the Lord, and it is to the Lord we should turn for guidance — even in electing leaders.  And it is in the Lord we should trust — especially for guidance in electing leaders.

Our founders knew this, but we no longer listen to them.  Today, we just think of them as archaic, rich, white slave owners.  Well, how can a ‘Christian’ claim to follow the Lord if they are going to turn a blind eye and deaf ear to Abraham — an archaic, rich slave-owner?  I mean, Abraham is only the father of the Hebrew (Judeo/Christian) faith.  Why does he matter today, right?  Well, for all our ‘technological advancement,’ our founders were far wiser than we are today.  They understood the perils of pride and arrogance, and that, if we allowed it to govern us instead of God’s Word, it would cost us our liberty.  If you doubt this, then open this link and start reading their words.  I am pretty sure they would condemn anyone who says “we’re electing a leader, not a pastor.”  But then, you might disagree…

In the Founders’ Words: the Essential Role of Religion in Public and Civic Life

[NOTE: I no longer think of my voice as anything special.  There was a time when I believed I had something important to say, but not so much these days.  I write now because I feel driven to do so.  Something inside me will not let me rest until I post the pages you just read.  I’d just as soon not bother anymore.  It all seems like no one is listening and I do more harm than good.  So I have come to trust that whatever it is driving me has all this under control.  Personally, I believe it is God, but others may not.  All I ask is that, if anything I write helps you, or you think it might help others in any way, please, share this page.  Re-blog it, share it on FB or send the link to your friends.  So long as you feel it will do more good than harm, then please, use this page however you wish.  Thank you.]


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