The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’ 2 Sam 23:3-4
Dr. Dave Miller serves as the Executive Director of the Apologetics Press, a biblically conservative educational organization that aims to tirelessly defend the Christian faith by multiple means. From his article, “Vote Morality,” come these excerpts:
In Satan’s perennial ploy to disguise evil and subvert people through deceit and calumny, he has managed to politicize moral and spiritual issues. More than ever before in American history, fundamental moral/religious issues have been hijacked by the politicians—forcing Christians to grapple with the dissonance created by loyalty to a political party on the one hand, and loyalty to God on the other. The old adage—“politics and religion don’t mix”—has become a nonsensical concept as Christians increasingly are being forced to face up to their responsibility to react to the political forces that have encroached on Christian morality. Specifically, the two premiere moral issues that have been politicized are 1) homosexuality and the definition of marriage, and 2) the treatment of the unborn via abortion. Christians must face the fact that, on these two issues alone, the very survival of America is at stake (see Miller, 2005; Miller, 2006). [See more on same-sex marriage and abortion in his full article HERE)]…
While the ultimate solution to our nation’s woes is recommitment to God and the moral precepts of the Bible, one immediate strategy ought to be that Christians do more to control the political forces that are running amok. In the words of President James A. Garfield: “Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If that body be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…. [I]f the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces” (Taylor, 1970, p. 180).
On Friday, June 20, 1788, in the Virginia convention assembled to debate ratification of the federal Constitution, James Madison reminded his colleagues of the only ultimate safeguard for national preservation: “But I go on this great republican principle, that the people will have virtue and intelligence to select men of virtue and wisdom. Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks, no form of government, can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men; so that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them (Elliot, 1836, 3:536-537, emp. added).
Without a doubt, the current elections will provide direct insight into the virtue, intelligence, and wisdom of a sizable number of Americans. We pray God that a majority will have the good sense to be “spiritually minded” (Romans 8:6) and cast their vote first and foremost on the basis of these critical, life-threatening moral issues (see Miller, Vote Morality, Apologetics Press by permission).
Please pray and do all you can to make sure you and your fellow countrymen vote for capable leaders who 1) fear God, 3) love truth and 3) hate covetousness (see Ex 18:21; 2 Kgs 21:10-15; 24:1-4; and TonyPerkins.com).
Pastor Ordered to Prison – A Vermont federal district judge, after a federal appeals court ruled in his support, has ordered Mennonite pastor Ken Miller to begin serving a 27 month prison sentence on March 22nd. Miller was convicted of international kidnapping after helping a Virginia mother, Lisa Miller, flee the country with her daughter, Isabella, after the child began to display strange behavior, suicidal tendencies, and pled with her mother to stop her former lesbian partner, Janet Jenkins, from making Isabella take baths together with her. Lisa Miller, now a born-again Christian (no relationship to Pastor Miller), who entered a civil union with Jenkins in 2000, conceived via artificial insemination, and gave birth to Isabella, they split up in 2003, yet Jenkins ultimately won custody of Isabella from a Federal Court in Vermont. Lisa and Isabella fled to Nicaragua via Canada with Pastor Miller’s help. Lisa’s story was widely reported throughout the custody battle, but Pastor Miller’s conviction and prison sentence have not. Pastor Miller has agreed to pursue no further appeals and to serve out his sentence (see Full Story; Pastor’s Website; More).
- May God strongly support Pastor Miller, Lisa and young Isabella, who have embraced prison and exile rather than violate their faith and conscience. Pray also for others impacted by their refusal to go along with the demands to bow to the “new order,” like the Klein family, fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a same-sex wedding cake, and Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington state florist who could lose everything for refusing to participate in a same-sex wedding, and many more. Pray, too, for the sexually confused people, the judges, politicians and voters who have imposed this confusion upon our youth and nation. Pray the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA – now languishing in Congress) will be passed and signed into law, if not by President Obama, our next president! (2 Chr 16:9; Jer 7:19; Mt 5:10-12; Mk 10:29-31; 1 Cor 14:33; 2 Tim 2:24-26).
Antonin Scalia’s Passing – The nation was stunned by the passing of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most brilliant conservative Justice, who apparently died in his sleep at the age of 79. The president wasted no time to say he would speedily nominate a replacement. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged he will not bring up a new nominee for consideration until the next year, after the new president and Congress have been elected this November and take office. Like other judicial nominations that have had the potential to change the balance of the Court, both parties can be expected to use every tool at their disposal to confirm a judge that will favor their ideological persuasion.
Yet Scalia cannot simply be replaced with a person of similar ideology. Scalia deeply valued family as the cornerstone of civilization, flowing out of his devout faith. He held to the constitutional guarantees of the protection of our God-given liberties, such as the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As an organic conservative, Scalia rejected the idea of a living and breathing constitution that can be interpreted according to progressives’ ideas of political correctness, but constitutional questions need to be interpreted in light of the Founders’ original intent expressed in their writings.
Until Scalia is replaced, a 4-4 decision will be returned to the Appeals courts where their judgment will prevail. Furthermore, Justice Scalia’s preliminary votes on cases the court has heard will be stricken and only the judgments of the living justices will determine the outcomes of those cases. (The High Stakes for American Freedom)
- God we thank you for the life and contributions of Antonin Scalia. May his family, friends and all who have loved and esteemed him be comforted. May his life be celebrated and his memory honored. Oversee the confirmation process so that Scalia’s successor meets biblical qualifications for public officials. May that person uniquely be capable and known to fear the Lord, love truth, and hate dishonest gain. May neither Congress, the candidates for office, nor the American people “bite and devour one another… and so be consumed by one another.” Rather, may God prevail in this confirmation and all the Elections this year (Ex 18:21; Ps 23: all; 75:5-7; Gal 5:14-16; Rom 2:10; 13:7).
Finally: Please pray for (and attend if you can) Rev. Franklin Graham’s Decision America 50 State Tour. It will be in Honolulu on February 24, Denver on March 15 and Santa Fe on March 15 (see more cities and dates). And please don’t forget to pray for the Annual Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast on March 3rd, the Pastors Awakening Summit on March 4th, and the annual Awakening 2016 on March 5th. Consider sending your pastor and forward this to your friends in Florida. Also the Michigan National Day of Prayer is leading a Solemn Assembly and Prayer Summit Monday, February 22 in advance of the annual observance on May 5th, 2016. This year’s NDP theme is “Wake Up America!” and the key verse is Isaiah 58:1a NIV! Next week, February 25th, is the Collegiate Day of Prayer, when students, parents and churches will pray over America’s colleges, teachers and students. All are invited! Thank you for Praying!