The Biblical Principles Essential for Freedom

The Stream's publisher on the midterms, Trump and where we go from here.

By James Robison Published on November 15, 2018

We’ve just wrapped up the most expensive midterm elections in U.S. history. And most of that money was spent defending positions — not principles that really matter. Isn’t it interesting the strange bed-fellows that join forces to fight the principles bringing positive change in our nation?

 

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  • Anne

    Ephesians 6: 12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

    • Bezukhov

      So Christians are following this advice by actually becoming those “rulers”, authorities” and “powers of this dark world”?

      • Anne

        No, dear. The god of this world, satan, is the ruler, the authority, and the power of this world.

        • Bezukhov

          So why are so many Evangelicals so obsessed with who gets elected?

          • Anne

            Let’s talk about our enemy for a minute. A couple of his names are satan and the devil. If you have a bible, I’d like you to read John chapter 8. If not, I’ll give you a bit of a background, Jesus is speaking with the Pharisees, who, although they knew and practiced the rabbinical laws, were hypocritical and proud opponents of Jesus. Matthew 23:23 speaks Jesus’ reference describing the Pharisees: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” When Jesus speaks these next verses in John, remember He’s speaking to the Pharisees, John 8:44, 45 “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires.
            He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for
            there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language,
            for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!” I am not obsessed, and I don’t see that other Christians are, either, re: elected officials; however, I am prayerful and supportive when I make choices about men and women who are in ALL different types of service. After the Obamas’ self-serving administration completed, and we were faced with possibly having a like-thinker in the WH, Mrs. Clinton, evangelicals woke up and assumed their responsibility to get in the “battle”, remember, the battle I quoted from Ephesians 6:12? We began to pray and speak against the current Pharisees who seek to glorify their OWN names. No longer asleep, we continue to rail against the god of this world, satan, petitioning our God to make and direct men and women who are Pro Life, Pro Constitution from beginning to end, and Pro USA. Not obsessed, awakened, and now more responsible with our choices! I would also offer that we are louder than we once were, and that we are truly seeking the Lord’s guidance when we use our right to vote.

          • Anne

            Why do you say “obsessed”? If you mean that the evangelicals articulate their desires via prayer and discussion, I’ll agree with the that, but we are not obsessed. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to, “pray continually,”. We have, we do, we will because God tells us to. That simple! Here’s another one:
            1 Timothy 2:1-3 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,”. God’s will is for us to pray about each and every circumstance that comes our way. Also…simple!!!

          • Bezukhov

            Why does it seem that preaching the Gospel by evangelicals to me means trying to convince me to vote for bible thumping Republicans?

          • Anne

            What or who is a bible thumping Republican?

  • Forrest Hamilton

    My prayer is and has been that God would use this nation for His glory, His plans, and His purposes. That may not look like what we think it will look like, so we must pray in faith, trusting Him continually, no matter who is in the White House or in congress.

    • Bezukhov

      Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
      Isaiah 40:15

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