Not an Option

As we discussed last week, God has given us control backed by his authority, so long as this freedom does not hurt another person. The Bible instructs that government is designed to be an institution which stewards this process within a country. My political role as a pastor is to educate you on the biblical purpose of government.
Government is designed to be an institution which protects the freedoms of one individual from impeding on the freedoms of another. Government should use wrath (make judgment) motivated by the love of protecting any individual whose freedom is hindered by another’s exercise of their freedom. This authority given to government always comes under the authority of God. Just as Satan himself cannot rob God from being God, neither can the authority of government ever supersede the authority of God.
The Bible clearly teaches that there is only one God and one mediator between God and man. Jesus Christ, truly God and truly man, is the only connection between God and man strong enough to make an eternal relationship between the two. The only hope any individual or country in the world has of being truly successful in this life is by joining that relationship.
In the concluding paragraph of Matthew chapter twenty-eight, we find what is known as Jesus’ “Great Commission” to the disciples. We are often taught from this that we are to make disciples within nations, but Jesus instructs us not to just make disciples in nations, but to make disciples of all nations. We must disciple not just individual people, but the nations themselves by discipling their governments.
Your Role:
Before we can ever hope to disciple another nation, we must disciple our own. A blessing of living in this country is that we have been given the privilege to directly influence our government and disciple them on what their role should be by voting.
I know that some of you may not know where the coming candidates stand because you haven’t wanted to be involved. I urge you to educate yourself. It’s your role and responsibility, not just as an American citizen, but as a Christian. Unfortunately, while praying over this matter for our country, God reminded me that there are some who don’t need to vote their conscience this election because their conscience is seared. Vote the biblical stance on the issues. Don’t vote for one individual over another. This has nothing to do with man’s opinion. Choose the party whose platform aligns with God’s position on the issues.
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation[, one government] under God[‘s authority], indivisible, with [whatever it takes to protect that which brings true] liberty and justice for all [mankind].”

Pastor Zac Breckenridge
LifeBridge Jonesboro